Penn Celebrates Its Seniors Tonight Against Columbia

Game 25
Penn (14-10, 7-4 Ivy)vs.
Columbia(11-13,4-7 Ivy)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Feb. 26, 2005
Series:Penn 26, Columbia 15

Game Notes: Game 25 - Penn v. Columbia

So Hard to Say Good-Bye - Tonight we will watch the Class of 2005, ‘05 for those that don’t know, play its final game in The Palestra. This group of five women have been through four years, 102 games, 212 periods of play, 4,270 minutes on of playing time and 256,200 seconds on the hardwood together. Ask them and they will tell you that every one of those seconds has meant the world to them. We want these five seniors to know that what they have done for Penn women’s basketball means the world to us. Thank you and good luck.

The Game - Two games separate Penn and Columbia in the Ivy League standings heading into this weekend. After a home win over Princeton, the Quakers are 6-4 in the Ancient Eight, while the Lions boast a record of 4-6 in League play. Karen Habrukowich leads the way in the scoring column for Penn as the senior is averaging 12.2 points per game. Jennifer Fleischer is still the only Ivy Leaguer that is averaging a double-double. The junior center is scoring 11.1 points per game and ripping down a League-best 10.7 boards per contest. Susan Korn leads the Columbia offensive attack with 10.0 points per game, while Adia Revell leads the way on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game. Nicole Lesko is Columbia’s best outside threat, shooting 45.9 (17-for-37) from beyond the arc.

The Series - Penn’s 12-point win in the first meeting of the season extended the Quakers’ series lead to 26-15. The Quakers have become pretty good at starting the season series between the two programs with a win. In fact, including this season, the Red and Blue have won the last nine season series openers against Columbia. The Lions last defeated Penn to open play against each other in a season in during the 1995-96 campaign. Columbia defeated Penn, 61-49, at Levien Gymnasium.

Last Meeting - Penn began the game shooting poorly in the meeting between the two schools on Feb. 11 but came out of the locker room with a hot hand, winning, 63-51. The Quakers shot 48.1 percent (13-for-27) from the field and 41.7 percent (5-for-12) from long range as the Red and Blue outscored the Lions, 24-12, in the paint. Jennifer Fleischer gave the Penn offense a boost in the post as the junior center scored a career-high 25 points (9-for-13) and grabbed a then career-best 19 rebounds.

Last Time on the Floor - Penn earned its second Ivy home win of the season as the Quakers swept the season series with Cornell, defeating the Big Red, 65-54. Karen Habrukowich led all scorers with a season-matching 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting from the floor. The Red and Blue held leads of 18 points twice in the game but Cornell fought back to within five points at the 2:14 mark of the second half, 59-54. From the point Penn went 6-for-7 from the free-throw line to secure its seventh Ancient Eight victory of the season.

Nationally Known - The Penn women’s basketball team has continually been atop the national rankings in field-goal percentage defense and three-point field-goal percentage. The Quakers are currently holding opponents to 36.2 percent shooting (27th) and boast a 37.3 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (18th). Individually, Jennifer Fleischer and her 11.0 rebounds per game ranks seventh in the nation, while Karen Habrukowich ranks 22nd in the country with a 42.4 percent three-point shooting percentage.

May I Be of Some Assistance - Monica Naltner dished a career-high four assists against Cornell on Feb. 25. Naltner took care of herself offensively as well, scoring five points to go along with five rebounds.

Hot Hand - Amanda Kammes showed that she is not only a threat to pass the ball to Penn scorers by hitting 4-of-5 shots in the first half of Penn’s 65-54 win over Cornell on Feb. 25. Kammes opened the game scoring Penn’s first six points, hitting a trio of mid-range jumpers on her first three attempts.

Taking Another Step - Senior guard Karen Habrukowich moved closer to taking over the sixth spot on Penn’s all-time scoring list as she scored a season-matching 22 points against Cornell. The effort gives her 1,169 career points, 33 points from passing Cheryl Rath (1986-89) with three games remaining.

A Perfect 10 - Jennifer Fleischer scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the junior center’s 10th double-double of the season. Fleischer has 18 career double-doubles and is averaging a double-dip this season with 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

All 11’s for Rhoads - No. 11 Joey Rhoads recorded her 11th double-digit scoring game against Cornell on Feb. 25, scoring 11 points in the 65-54 Penn win.

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 reached 300-career victories when Penn defeated Lehigh, 68-53, on Jan. 18.

Coaching the Lions - Columbia University's Department of Athletics named Salvatore P. Verdi acting head women's basketball coach in the beginning of February. Since his appointment, Verdi has compiled a 2-5 record through seven games at the helm of the Lions’ women’s basketball pr gram. Verdi had most recently been the assistant women's basketball coach and came to Columbia with years of coaching experience at the professional level in the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) and in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Verdi suffered a loss to Penn in the season series opener, 63-51 at Levien Gym.

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:

Ivy League
Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24)
Jennifer Fleischer (Feb. 14)

Big 5
Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24)
Jennifer Fleischer (Dec. 7)
Joey Rhoads (Jan. 17)
Jennifer Fleischer (Feb. 14)

Penn Student-Athlete of the Week
Monica Naltner (Dec. 12)
Karen Habrukowich (Jan. 24)

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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