Penn Closes Long Road Trip at Princeton

Game 16
Penn (9-6, 2-0 Ivy)at
Princeton(9-6. 1-1 Ivy)
Princeton, N.J. - Jadwin Gym

Feb. 1, 2005
7p.m.
Broadcast:
LIVE on XPN - 88.5 FM Radio with Brian Seltzer and Alex Snyder-Mackler (can also be heard on www.pennathletics.com)
Series:Princeton 36, Penn 19

Game Notes: Game 16 - Penn at Princeton

The Game - The Quakers enter their Feb. 1 match-up with Princeton on a six-game winning streak, the longest of the season and the most consecutive victories since closing out the 2000-01 season with 21 straight wins. Penn is 2-0 to start the Ivy League season for ths second-straight season and Princeton is .500 (1-1) after splitting its opening weekend road trip with Brown (L, 63-62) and Yale (W, 56-52).

The Series - The Tigers hold a commanding 36-19 edge in the all-time series but the Red and Blue have won the last three meetings. The last victory came on March 2, 2004, 73-62, at Jadwin Gym.

March 2, 2004 - Penn rolled into Princton, N.J. fresh off an Ivy loss to Columbia and looking to re-establish itself as the favorite to win the Ancient Eight crown. Then-senior Jewel Clark poured in 28 points while Karen Habrukowich added 12 and Jennifer Fleischer ripped down 11 rebounds. The 73-62 victory sparked the Quakers as they followed with a championship-clinching win over Dartmouth three days later.

Last Time on the Floor - Penn opened its Ivy League season with a pair of defensive master pieces. Yale committed 24 turnovers and were forced to commit 26 personal fouls in the Quakers’ 53-40 win. Jennifer Fleischer led all scorers with 15 points and nine boards. The Red and Blue finished the weekend by ending Brown’s five-game winning streak, winning, 47-43, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Fleischer led again as she recorded herfifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Her lay up with 22 seconds gave Penn the lead for good and Monica Naltner’s two free throws, the sophomore was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line during the weekend, sealed the victory. Karen Habrukowich led all scorers with 16 points.

Consistency is Key - With the Quakers’ two wins during the Ivy League’s opening weekend, Penn has started the Ancient Eight season 2-0 for the second-straigh year and the fourth time in six seasons.

Something Has to Give - Penn currently has the longest winning streak in the Ivy League at six-straight. Princeton is riding a four-game winning streak at Jadwin Gym. The two teams have split the last two meetings on the Tigers’ home court but the Quakers have won three straight in the series.

Movin’ On Up - Karen Habrukowich moved past the 1,000-point plateau against Lehigh and continues to move up the all-time scoring list at Penn. Her 24 points against Yale and Brown gives her 1,029 for her career, which is good enough for 13th all-time at Penn.

Shut Down for the Weekend - Penn came into the weekend with the League’s best scoring defense and showed Yale and Brown why that stat was true. The Bulldogs were held to 40 points, the least amount of points allowed by the Quakers in a road Ivy League game and second-least points ever given up in an Ancient Eight contest since allowing just 39 points to Columbia (Feb. 24, 1995). The Red and Blue followed this performance by tying the now third-least amount of points in an Ivy game, defeating Brown, 47-43, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears 43 points were 20.5 below their season while Yale’s 40 were 15 below its average at the time.

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 Tigers - Richard Barron is in the middle of his fourth season at the helm of the women’s basketball team at Princeton. His teams are 3-3 against Penn during his tenure. In three seasons, Barron has coached four conference All-Rookie selections and three All-Ivy honorees. This past season, Barron earned his 100th career win in a 66-60 victory over non-conference foe, Lafayette on Jan 3.

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); Joey Rhoads (Jan. 17). Ivy League — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24). Penn Student-Athlete of the Week — Monica Naltner (Dec. 12); Karen Habrukowich (Jan. 24).

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 Feb. 4 vs. Harvard.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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