Penn Travels to Hawk Hill to Face Saint Joseph's

Game 5

Penn (2-2)atSaint Joseph's(2-5)
Philadelphia, Pa. - Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse
Dec. 1, 2004
7p.m.

Series: Saint Joseph's 29, Penn 0

Game Notes: Game 5 - Penn at Saint Joseph's

Penn Travels to Hawk Hill - The Quakers return from their holiday travels to face Saint Joseph's, the second Big 5 opponent of this young season. The Hawks hold a 29-0 series lead over the Red and Blue, earning a 74-55 victory at The Palestra on Feb. 10, 2004.

Looking To Turn Things Around - Saint Joseph's is 2-5 and both squads are looking to end two-game losing streaks. Penn dropped a pair to Colorado, 69-49, and No. 23 Maryland, 76-56. The Hawks lost to Maine, 54-36, in the championship of the Dead River Classic and suffered a two-point defeat to Lehigh at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, 68-66.

Looking to Make History Twice Over - Penn will look to make history on a pair of fronts when the Quakers take the court against Saint Joseph's on Dec. 1. The Red and Blue will look to earn their first-ever win against the Hawks and also a second Big 5 win in a season for the first time in program history.

Giving Thanks - The Penn women's basketball team will be thanking the schedule makers once the Ivy League season begins, having played nationally ranked teams to begin the season. The Quakers battled Colorado at the 18th Annual Coors Classic over Thanksgiving, playing the Buffaloes tight during the first half. The Red and Blue came back in the consolation final against No. 23 Maryland on Nov. 27. The Terrapins had all they could handle, despite earning the win, Penn played the Atlantic Coast Conference power almost even during the second half, hitting 16-of-19 from the free-throw line in the loss.

Turning a Skid into a Streak - Beginning with Penn's 2003-04 run to the Ivy League title and continuing the 2004-05 opener, the Quakers have not lost three games in succession. Dating back to Dec. 1, 2003, Penn has outscored an opponent following two-straight losses 235-169.

All-Tournament Honors - Senior starting guard Karen Habrukowich was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Coors Classic, scoring 15 points and adding three rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal. Habrukowich leads the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game through four contests.

Block Party - Amanda Kammes leads the Quakers with six blocks this season after swatting away a career-high three shots against Maryland. Kammes finished the 2003-04 season third on the team with 11 blocks.

Perfection at the Line - Four Quakers have made every free throw attempted through four games this season. Katie Kilker (6-for-6), Jenna Markoff (4-for-4), Cat Makarewich (2-for-2) and Ashley Gray (2-for-2) are yet to miss a shot from the charity stripe. As a team, Penn is shooting 70.2 percent (47-for-50) from the line.

Tears For Pears - Lauren Pears had a career night against then-No. 22 Maryland. The sophomore guard scored a personal-best eight points against the Terrapins, hitting 2-of-3 shots from three-point land, also a career-best.

The Lights Are On Outside - Penn has been lighting it up from three-point range during the early part of the season. Through four games, the Quakers are shooting 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from beyond the arc. Leading the way is Cat Makarewich, hitting on 12-of-17 long-range attempts for a 70.6 percent average. Two other Quakers are shooting north of the 50 percent mark as Karen Habrukowich is 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) and freshman Kimberly Franklin made good on her only three-point attempt of the season.

Getting a Second Chance - Junior starting center Jennifer Fleischer is leading the team with 32 caroms (8.0 rpg) with 10 of her boards coming on the offensive glass.

Taking is Better Than Giving - Penn has a +1.0 edge in turnovers with three Quakers averaging one or more steals per game. Karen Habrukowich paces the Red and Blue with five thefts (1.3 spg) followed by Lauren Pears and Amanda Kammes with four steals apiece (1.0 spg).

Making a Good First Impression - Freshman Kimberly Franklin made her collegiate debut at the Coors Classic over Thanksgiving weekend. The South Lakes graduate registered a steal and an assist in her first action against Colorado and recorded her first collegiate points, hitting a three-pointer in the second half against then-No. 22 Maryland.

Feb. 10, 2004 - Saint Joseph's came to The Palestra in the midst of Penn's run towards an Ancient Eight crown, earning a double-digit victory. The Hawks had four scorers finish in double figures but the only returning double-digit scorer for Saint Joseph's is Maura McBryan who registered 10 of her 12 points at the free-throw line.

Coaching the Hawks - Cindy Griffin is in her seventh season as a head coach and her fourth year on Hawk Hill. Griffin, a 1991 graduate of Saint Joseph's has a 115-68 career coaching record, a 67-35 mark at the helm of her alma mater and holds a 3-0 record against the Quakers. Last season the Hawks finished second in the eastern division of the Atlantic 10 with a 12-4 record en route the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Saint Joseph's finished 2003-04 with a 22-11 overall record.

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. Having already competed against Colorado and Maryland, Penn will also meet Villanova, Temple, Marist and 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.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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