Penn Faces Temple in Big 5 Finale

Game 7

Penn (3-3)atTemple(3-4)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Liacouras Center
Dec. 8, 2004
5:30p.m.

Series:Temple 29, Penn 12

Game Notes: Game 7 - Penn at Temple

Big 5 Finale - Penn closes out its Philadelphia Big 5 season with a showdown against Temple at the Liacouras Center. It seems like only yesterday the Big 5 season began with a dramatic, 51-49, win over La Salle. Actually, it was 15 days ago as the victory over the Explorers was the first of two-straught City Series wins for the Quakers.

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.

Drop It Like Its Hot - Three Quakers continue to be hot from three-point land, shooting 40 percent or better from long range. Cat Makarewich leads the way with a 66.7 percent average (12-of-18), followed by Karen Habrukowich at 47.4 (9-for-19) and Lauren Pears at 44.4 percent (4-for-9).

Doubling Up the Competition - Fleischer averaged a double-double in two Philadelphia Big 5 games this week, scoring a career-high 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting in Penn's 64-57 win over Saint Joseph's. Fleischer added a season-high 16 rebounds in the win. The junior center followed up this impressive performance with her third double-double of the season against Villanova, scoring 12 points and adding 10 boards. For the week, Fleischer averaged 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. The New Hartford native shot 66.7 percent from the floor (14-for-21) during the week and added four blocks, all coming in the Quakers' win over the Hawks.

Approaching a Milestone - Karen Habrukowich is looking for acceptance into a very exclusive club. The senior starting guard needs 69 points to become only the 16th Penn women’s basketball player with 1,000 points in a career. Through 82 games, Habrukowich has amassed 931 points for an 11.4 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.

Making an Entrance - Andrea Wright and Brilynne Parrish made their collegiate debuts against Villanova on Dec. 5. Wright regisered 10 minutes, scoring five points and pulling down three rebounds. Parrish logged three minutes on the court, recording an offensive rebound.

Dec. 9, 2003 - Penn headed into the Liacouras Center on Dec. 9, 2003 in search of its first Big 5 win of the season. The Red and Blue battled, coming away with a 70-64 victory over the eventual 2004 NCAA invitee Owls. Two-thousand four graduates Jewel Clark and Mikaelyn Austin scored 40 of the Quakers 70 points as Clark recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

Coaching the Owls - When you think of women’s collegiate basketball, Dawn Staley comes to mind. As a collegiate player at Virginia where she was named the National Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. In addition, she was the ACC Conference Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and the Rookie of the Year in 1989. Staley also “moonlights” an an All-Star guard for the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA and this past summer she captained the USA Women’s Basketball Team in Athens, Greece to a gold medal in the Olympics. Staley has also excelled as a coach, earning 77 victories in her four-plus years at Temple and was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2004. Staley holds a 3-1 record against Penn with the Owls last victory over the Quakers coming on Nov. 22, 2003, 78-71.

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).

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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