18th Annual Coors Classic
Nov. 27, 2004
Penn (2-1) vs. No. 22 Maryland (2-1)
Boulder, Colo. - Coors Event Center
7 p.m. (MST)
First possible meeting against Maryland
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A Rocky Top Thanksgiving - Penn travels west to Colorado the 18th Annual Coors Classic hosted by theUniversity of Colorado. The tournament begins on Nov. 26 when No. 2 LSU faces No. 22 Maryland at 5 p.m. (MST) followed by Penn at Colorado. The Buffaloes will face either the Lady Tigers or the Terrapins at 5 p.m. (MST) on Nov. 27 and the Quakers will square off against either LSU or Maryland directly afterwards.
Getting to Know You - Penn has played the three other teams in this year’s Coors Classic a combined one time. The Red and Blue and Colorado have faced one another on Jan. 3, 1987 with the Buffaloes coming out on top, 84-38. This will be the first time Penn has played either LSU or Maryland.
Something in Common - There is one thing that all participants in the 18th edition of the Coors Classic have in common. Each team was a entrant into the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Both Penn and Colorado suffered first-round losses, losing to Connecticut and UC Santa Barbara, respectively. Maryland defeated Miami, 86-85, to open the tournament before running into LSU in the second round. The Lady Tigers advanced to the Final Four where they fell to Tennessee, 52-50.
What Can You Do in Three Seconds? - The Quakers showed Red and Blue fans what they can do in three seconds as they defeated La Salle, 51-49, on a Karen Habrukowich half-court pass and an Amanda Kammes drive and finger roll. Kammes ended the game as Penn’s leading scorer with a career-high 12 points. Habrukowich ended her night with seven points, five rebounds and acareer-high three steals.
And the Winner Is - Senior guard Cat Makarewich won the weekly triple crown, being named Ivy League Player of the Week, Big 5 Player of the Week and Penn Student-Athlete of the Week for the same seven-day period. The honors were bestowed upon Makarewich after she recorded career highs in points (23), minutes (40) and three-point field goals (seven). Her seven treys also tied Colleen Kelly (1995-98) for the most by a Quaker in a single game.
Big Start to Big 5 Season - With Penn’s 51-49 win over La Salle at The Palestra, the Red and Blue assured themselves of matching their highest win total in the Philadelphia Big 5 (Penn, La Salle, Villanova, Saint Joseph’s, Temple). The Quakers will try to win two games in a Big 5 season when they face Saint Joseph’s on Hawk Hill on Dec. 1.
Pears Records Career Highs - Sophomore guard Lauren Pears recorded career highs in points, rebounds, steals and minutes in Penn’s win over La Salle on Nov.e 23. Pears scored five points, collected two caroms and swiped a pair of steals in 11 minutes on the floor. Heading into the Coors Classic, the Mechanicsburg, Pa. native is tied for third on the team in steals (1.0 spg).
Kammes Gets a Dozen - Even thought most Penn fans will more easily remember the two points Amanda Kammes at the end of regulation to help the Quakers defeat La Salle, 51-49, she did record more than just those two. In fact, Kammes poured in a career-high 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
Remember When - In Penn’s 76-48 win over Northeastern on Nov. 21, the Quakers held an opponent under the 50-point mark fors the first time since defeating Lehigh, 73-43 on Jan. 6, 2004. The Red and Blue held La Salle to 49 points in their next outing. The 51-49 win marked the first time Penn had held two-straight opponents under 50-points in consecutive games since defeating San Diego, 64-43, on Jan. 2, 1997 and Yale, 57-47, on Jan. 4, 1997.
Coaching the Quakers - Patrick Knapp enters his first season at the helm of the Penn women's basketball program after spending 18 seasons at Georgetown. Knapp led the Hoyas to two Big East championships and was named the Big East Conference Coach of the Year for the 1992-93 season. Knapp earned his 295th career win with Penn’s 51-49 win over La Salle on Nov. 23.
Captains, Oh My Captains - The Class of 2005 consists of Maria DiDonato, Karen Habrukowich, Amanda Kammes, Katie Kilker and Cat Makarewich. All five have been named captains for the 2004-05 season. The Class of '05 has an overall record of 44-38 (.537), a 28-14 (.667) mark in the Ancient Eight and two League titles under their belt.
Back For More - Penn returns 14 student-athletes and eight letterwinners from last season's championship squad. Along with the talented core of seniors, the Quakers also return juniors Henley Hansen, Jenna Markoff, Rachel Wilson (who missed all of 2003-04 due to injury), Teresa Fallon and All-Ivy center Jennifer Fleischer. The Class of 2007 is lead by Ivy League All-Rookie selection Joey Rhoads as well as Monica Naltner, Ashley Gray and Lauren Pears.
Fresh Faces - Three newcomers join the Quakers in 2004-05. Guards Andrea Wright, Brilynne Parrish and Kimberly Franklin will look to leave their mark on this year's team as the previous crops of rookies have done before them.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Palestra - Penn men's and women's basketball games, volleyball and wrestling matches are played at the historic Palestra, the most storied gymnasium in the history of collegiate athletics. The Palestra has hosted more games, more visiting teams and more NCAA tournaments that any other facility. Located on the University of Pennsylvania campus, The Palestra was given its name by Greek professor Dr. William N. Bates, who felt the name logical because in ancient Greece, young men would compete in a variety of events in a rectangular enclosure attached to the gymnasium to the view of all who would come -- a Palestra. The name was widely accepted by the organizing committee for it fit the specifications: authenticity, dignity, descriptive, and novel. So, in 1927, "The Palestra" was opened. The women’s team currently has a 193-178 record (.520) at The Palestra, while the men’s team holds a 734-324 mark (.694).
Penn Picked Third - The Red and Blue were picked to finish this season third in the Ivy League in the preseason media poll, earning 99 overall votes and two first-place tallies. Dartmouth is the preseason favorite, garnering 114 overall and nine of the possible 16 first-place votes.
Listen to Penn Hoops - Listen to Penn women’s basketball this season on the radio and online. The Quakers have three games broadcast on XPN - 88.5 FM this season. The Red and Blue also have several contests that will air LIVE on www.pennathletics.com.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications
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