Penn Begins New Year on the Road at Rider

Game 11

Penn (4-6)atRider(2-8)
Lawrenceville, N.J. - Alumni Gymnasium
Jan. 3, 2005
7p.m.

Series:Penn 2, Rider 1

Game Notes: Game 11 - Penn at Rider

Long Cold Road - Penn begins its 42-day, six-game road trip with a stop in Lawrenceville, N.J. where the Quakers will face Rider for only the fourth time in program history. Penn leads the series, 2-1, and took the last meeting, 77-57, on Jan. 7, 1991. The last time the Broncs defeated the Red and Blue was Dec. 18, 1982 (63-61). After the contest, Penn will play at Lafayette and Lehigh before opening Ivy League play at Yale, Brown and Princeton.

Road Trippin’ - Penn’s six-game stint away from The Palestra is the longest since the Quakers played six on the road to begin January during the 2000-01 season. The Red and Blue opened the 2001 calendar year with road victories over Lehigh, 88-66 (Jan. 3); Siena, 88-79 (Jan. 6); Albany, 64-51 (Jan. 8); Columbia, 61-50 (Jan. 12); Cornell, 69-66 (Jan. 13) and Lafayette, 62-52 (Jan. 20). These wins were six of Penn’s 21 in a row to close out the season and earn its first Ivy League title.

Early Holiday Gift - Penn gave its fans something to cheer about a couple days early as the Quakers snapped their four-game skid with a 54-50 win over Drexel. The Red and Blue ruled the battle for University City on the strength of 16 points from Joey Rhoads and 13 points from Karen Habrukowich. Penn’s bench outscored Drexel’s 18-6 in the win.

Hot Dish - Sophomore Monica Naltner dished out a career-high three assists in Penn’s win over Drexel.

Cleaning Glass - Amanda Kammes reached a career milestone against Drexel on Dec. 23. The senior starting point guard brought down a career-high five rebounds in Penn’s 54-50 victory over the Dragons.

Steady at the Line - Many times, when a game is on the line, its comes down to free throws and the Quakers have a slew of players that have proven they can be gone to in those situations. Jenna Markoff is a perfect 4-of-4 (100.0) from the line and Katie Kilker has hit 10-of-11 free throws (90.9), while Lauren Pears is 5-of-6 (83.3) and Joey Rhoads is 18-of-22 (81.8) to round out the Quakers shooting over 80 percent from the charity stripe. Monica Naltner is 11-of-14 (78.6) from the line and freshman Kimberly Franklin is 3-of-4 (75.0) on the season

Approaching a milestone - Karen Habrukowich is looking for acceptance into a very exclusive club. The senior starting guard needs 37 points to become only the 16th Penn women’s basketball player with 1,000 points in a career. Through 86 games, Habrukowich has amassed 963 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.

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.

Coaching the Broncs - Tori Harrison, in her first season as head coach at Rider, is no stranger to big-time college basketball. Harrison helped her alma mater Louisiana Tech to the Final Four twice as a player and also helped coach George Washington and Clemson to NCAA Tournament appearances as an assistant. Harrison had her first stint as a head coach at Coppin State where she compiled a 61-77 record from 1992 to 1997. She was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Coach of the Year in 1993.

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. Penn has competed against Colorado, then-No. 22 Maryland, Villanova, Temple, Marist and then-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. The next game that will be broadcast will be on Jan. 10 at Lafayette.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

Download: wbb game notes-Rider.pdf