Penn v. Princeton; Part 2

Game 23
Penn (12-10, 5-4 Ivy)vs.
Princeton(12-10,4-5 Ivy)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Feb. 22, 2005
XPN - 88.5 FM: Brian Seltzer (Play-by-Play); Alex Snyder-Mackler (color anaylsis)
Series:Princeton 36, Penn 20

Game Notes: Game 23 - Penn v. Princeton

The Game - Both Penn and Princeton come into tonight’s match-up with a 12-10 overall record. Princeton may be on a bit more of a high, coming off a three-point, 53-50, win over then second-place Brown. The Tigers without the services of Ivy League Rookie of the Year candidate Meagan Cowher but the freshman, who scored 18 against Penn the season’s first meeting, did make a brief appearance against the Bears on Feb. 19. Penn is looking to rebound from a tough weekend against Brown and Yale. Karen Habrukowich averaged 15.0 points in the two losses and drilled a trey with eight seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime against the Elis. A win for either team would knock the loser out of contention for the Ivy League championship.

The Series - Princeton holds 36-20 series lead against the Red and Blue but has not beaten Penn since Jan. 11, 2003. The Tigers welcomed the Quakers into Jadwin Gym and dealt their guests a 56-51 loss. Princeton has managed a win in The Palestra since Jan. 4, 2002 when the Tigers won by 10, 66-56. A Penn victory means a series sweep for the second year in a row. Prior to last season, the last time the Quakers swept their League foes was during the 2000-01 Ivy championship run. Princeton last swept a season series between the two programs during the 1996-97 season, first collecting a 48-45 in at The Palestra and then handing Penn a 76-46 loss at Jadwin to end the Quakers’ season.

Last Meeting - The Penn v. Princeton game on Feb. 1 was one for the ages as the two teams battled through not one, but two overtimes to determine a winner. On a night when Penn’s low-post power Jennifer Fleischer was held scoreless with 11 rebounds, the guards picked up the scoring slack. Karen Habrukowich scored 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-7 from long range. The senior was also a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Cat Makarewich and Joey Rhoads also had the hot hand, scoring 12 and 13 points, respectively. Monica Naltner scored only five points during the contest but her final two were the biggest as her six-foot jumper with six seconds remaining sent the game to its first overtime. Habrukowich’s fifth and final trey at the 1:11 mark gave the Quakers a 61-59 lead. Meagan Cowher was one of three Tigers, led by Becky Brown’s 20 points on 6-for-18 shooting, to finish in dougle figures on the scoreboard. The rookie had a chance to send the game to a third overtime but two missed free throws and a defensive rebound by Makarewich sealed the victory for the Quakers.

Last Time on the Floor - Penn suffered a winless home Ivy weekend for the second time this season, losing to Brown, 76-69, and falling to Yale, 74-64, in overtime. The Quakers held second half leads but opponent runs of 21 and 13 points, respectively, sealed the Red and Blue’s fate. As Quakers fans have become accustomed to, Jennifer Fleischer averaged a double-double this past weekend, corralling 10.5 boards and scoring 13.5 points. Fleischer’s weekend was highlighted by a 17-point, 17-rebounds performance against Brown. Joey Rhoads started the second game of her career against Yale and proved as valuable as she has coming off the bench. The sophomore guard scored a season-matching 16 points and dishing a career-high seven assists in 39 minutes on the court.

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 35.5 percent shooting (17th) and boast a 38.0 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (15th). Individually, Jennifer Fleischer and her 11.1 rebounds per game ranks ninth in the nation, while Karen Habrukowich ranks 18th in the country with a 42.9 percent three-point shooting percentage.

Maria, Maria - Senior guard Maria DiDonato grabbed a career-high six rebounds and almost doubled her career high in minutes with 35 on the floor against Yale. DiDonato also contributed five points against the Elis, while also swiping a pair of steals to match a career best.

In Case You Missed It - With her second trey of the game at the 9:45 mark in the second half against Dartmouth, Karen Habrukowich became Penn’s all-time leader in three-point field goals with 171, passing Colleen Kelly (1995-98) who had held the record for nearly seven years at 170. Since then the senior has tacked on 10 more and now holds the record at 185 and counting. She is three trifectas from passing Cornell’s Mary LaMacchia (1992-96) for fifth on the Ivy League’s all-time list. With 15 more long-range bombs, Habrukowich would become only the fourth Ivy Leaguer to make at least 200 three-point field goals in a career.

Smile as You Pass By - Jennifer Fleischer will pass former teammate Jewel Clark on the Penn all-time blocks list with 4 more swats. Fleischer is averaging 1.4 blocks per game, third in the Ivy League.

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 3-4 against Penn during his tenure after the Quakers captured a 61-59 double-overtime victory at Jadwin Gym on Feb. 1. In three seasons, Barron has coached four conference All-Rookie selections and three All-Ivy honorees. Last 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:
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)

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 The next game that will be broadcast will be on Feb. 25 vs. Cornell.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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