Newark, Del. - Bob Carpenter Center
Nov. 30, 2005
THE GAME- Penn (1-3) looks to snap a three-game skid as it hits the road for the third straight game to play Delaware (3-1) at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del., tonight. Senior Jennifer Fleischer currently leads Penn with 39 rebounds (9.8 per game) while junior Monica Naltner paces the Quakers with 13.8 points per game and is shooting 51 percent (24-of-47) from the field. The Blue Hens started the season with wins over UMass, American and La Salle, but dropped a close game to Boston University for their first loss of the season. Chrissy Fisher leadsDelaware with 16 ppg and nine rebounds per game while Tyresa Smith averages 14.5 points per game for her team.
THE SERIES - This will be the 15th meeting between the Quakers and the Blue Hens, with Delaware holding a 9-5 lead in a series that started in 1980. The teams last met in 2003, when Penn defeated Delaware 57-47.
HUSKY CLASSIC - The Quakers dropped both games at last weekend’s Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., despite strong second-half comebacks in both games. Against San Diego, Penn fought back from a 19-point halftime deficit to close the gap to within four points until the Toreros pulled away at the end. Senior center Jennifer Fleischer had a strong weekend for the Quakers, tallying 23 points and 18 rebounds en route to an All-Tournament Team selection. Junior forward Monica Naltner paced Penn with 27 points in two games.
THE RHOAD TO VICTORY - Junior guard Joey Rhoads showed everyone why she is considered one of the top shooters in the Ivy League in Penn’s season-opening, 76-73 overtime triumph over Lehigh. Rhoads set career highs with 26 points and six three-pointers, scoring five of those points in the extra frame to pace her team. For her efforts, she was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
FREE BASKETBALL - The Quakers’ 76-73 win over Lehigh was just the second time in the program’s history that a season opener has gone into overtime (the other was in 1995, an 81-76 loss at Richmond). Penn holds a 9-7 all-time record in overtime games, including a 2-1 mark under Coach Patrick Knapp.
FRONT AND CENTER - In the Quakers’ second game against 21st-ranked Temple, senior center Jennifer Fleischer had the daunting task of guarding the Owls’ All-America candidate, Candice Dupree. Despite Penn'sloss, Fleischer showed why she could be a force to be reckonedwith this season. She notched her 19th-career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, including three offensive boards. Fleischer also held Dupree to zero points for the first 15 minutes of the game. The New Hartford, N.Y., native also added two blocks and a steal, defensively. Fleischer followed up that performance with a 23-point, 18 rebound showing in two games at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. She was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.
COACHING THE QUAKERS - Patrick Knappis in hissecond season at the helm of the Penn women’s basketball program after going 15-12 in his debut season with the Quakers. Previously Georgetown’s coach for 18 seasons, 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, 2004.
PENN'S NEW LOOK - With the loss of three starters from last season, the Penn starting five will certainly look different, although all five are familiar faces. Senior Jennifer Fleischer returns to the center spot after averaging a double-double (10.8 ppg/10.6 rpb) last year, and junior Monica Naltner will continue her role starting at forward after averaging 8.3 ppg. Juniors Joey Rhoads, Lauren Pears and Kimberly Franklin are expected to move into the vacant starting guard roles. Rhoads averaged 9 ppg in 26 minutes a night off the bench last season, while Pears and Franklin have plenty of scoring potential from anywhere on the court. Overall, the roster has a young look to it. After sporting five seniors and just two freshmen last year, the 2005-06 edition of the Quakers has three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and six freshmen.
WELCOME FRESHMAN - The Quakers welcome an intriguing six-member freshman class for 2005-06, one that includes members from all corners of the globe. Maggie Burgess (Anchorage, Alaska) and Anca Popovici (Arad, Romania) may have lived 5,154 miles apart before, but both are now Quakers along with Katarina Lackner (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Carrie Biemer (Haddonfield, N.J.), Maureen Mannion (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Kelly Scott (New York, N.Y.).
THE CAPTAINS - Senior Henley Hanson and juniors Joey Rhoads and Monica Naltner will be the team’s leading voices this season as tri-captains on the court.
NEXT TIME OUT - The Quakers take on Big 5 rival Villanova on Sunday, December 4, at The Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for3 p.m.
Download: WBB Notes at Delaware.pdf