Penn Battles No. 6 Ohio State at The Palestra

Game 9

Penn (3-5)v. No. 6 Ohio State(8-1)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Dec. 13, 2004
Noon

Series:Ohio State2, Penn 0

Game Notes: Game 9 - Penn v. No. 6 Ohio State

Penn v. Ohio State (Round 2) - The Quakers will take on The Ohio State University for the second time in as many years when the Buckeyes visit The Palestra on Dec. 13. The Red and Blue battled their Big Ten opponent on Dec. 21, 2003 in the championship of the Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic held at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State comes into the contest ranked No. 6 in the nation. The Buckeyes are the second nationally-ranked opponent Penn has faced this season after playing then-No. 22 Maryland in Boulder, Colo. last month in the 18th Annual Coors Classic. Ohio State holds a 2-0 record in the series against Penn.

Repeat Performance - Monica Naltner, fresh off her then-career-high 13 points at Temple, poured in 17 at Marist. Naltner went 6-for-10 from the floor, 1-for-1 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

60 Cent - Sophomore guard Joey Rhoads dropped six dimes at Marist, recording a career high in assists against the Red Foxes. Rhoads also recorded a career-high 40 minutes in her first collegiate start.

A Perfect 10 - Senior guard Karen Habrukowich pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in Penn’s 59-58 loss to Marist on Dec. 11. She is now averaging 3.8 boards per game.

Approaching a Milestone - Karen Habrukowich is looking for acceptance into a very exclusive club. The senior starting guard needs 59 points to become only the 16th Penn women’s basketball player with 1,000 points in a career. Through 84 games, Habrukowich has amassed 941 points for an 11.2 points per game scoring average. If she scores her average, the Newtown, Pa. native should join the 1000-point club against Lehigh on Jan. 18, 2005.

National Attention - Heading into the Big 5 showdown at Temple, Penn was ranked ninth in the nation in three-point accuracy with a 44.4 percent team average (32-for-72). Cat Makarewich was ranked second in the country in three-point field-goal percentage at 66.7 (12-for-18). Jennifer Fleischer was ranked 37th in the nation with 9.7 rebounds per game.

At Home Against the Heartland - Penn has hosted three teams from the State of Ohio, compiling a 2-1 record at The Palestra. Ohio University was the first team to visit The Palestra on Dec. 3, 1983. The Quakers send the Bobcats back to Athen, Ohio with a 71-70 loss. Cleveland State made the voyage from the Ohio to the Penna Turnpike on Dec. 3, 1988 with Penn coming away with a 64-57 win over the Vikings. Miami (Ohio) dealt the Quakers a 59-53 loss on Jan. 1, 1989. Penn has faced teams from Ohio seven times in program history and has a 3-4 record.

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.

Dec. 21, 2003 - Penn last faced Ohio State in the championship game of the 2003 Wonders/Hostess Buckeye Classic. The Quakers defeated Dayton, 90-69, the night before to earn their place in the title against the Buckeyes.

Coaching the Buckeyes - Jim Foster in his third season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at Ohio State. Foster brings 26 seasons of coaching experience into the 2004-05 season and is no stranger to Philadelphia basketball. The Abington, Pa. native began his career at Saint Joseph’s and followed with an 11-year tenure at Vanderbilt where he led the Commodores to three Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite Eight’s and one Final Four. Foster has taken the Buckeyes to the dance the past two seasons, advancing to the second round on both occasions.

Quakers Honored - Every week the Big 5 and the Ivy League honor those that have shined on the basketball court during the previous week’s contests. The following is a list of Quakers who have received one or both of these honors: Big 5 — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24); Jennifer Fleischer (Dec. 7). Ivy League — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24).

Tournament Tested - Penn posted a 15-9 record last season against teams on the docket for 2004-05. The Red and Blue prove they will not shy away from national powers as six 2004 NCAA Tournament invitees appear on the Quakers schedule. Having already competed against Colorado, then-No. 22 Maryland, Villanova, Temple and Marist, Penn will also meet No. 6 Ohio State on the hardwood. A seventh team, LSU, was a possible opponent for the Quakers at the Coors Classic held on Nov. 26-27 in Boulder, Colo.

Listen to Penn Hoops - Listen to Penn women’s basketball 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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