Penn Women's Basketball Back at Palestra Against Harvard

Game 17
Penn (10-6, 3-0 Ivy)at
Harvard(10-6. 2-1 Ivy)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Feb. 4, 2005
7p.m.
Series:
Harvard 31, Penn 20
Broadcast: LIVE on www.pennathletics.com - Brian Seltzer (play-by-play); Mikaelyn Austin (color analysis)
Game Notes: Game 17 - Penn v. Harvard

Welcome Home, We’ve Missed You - The Penn women’s basketball team will step foot on The Palestra floor in a competitive contest for the first time in 42 days. Including the Quakers’ last home game, a 54-50 win over Drexel, the Red and Blue have rattled off a League-best seven-straight victories and have moved into a first-place tie with Dartmouth at the top of the Ivy League standings heading into the weekend. Penn will play seven of its next nine games at The Palestra, including five straight from Feb. 18 (vs. Brown) to Feb. 26 (vs. Columbia).

The Game - The winners of the last four Ivy League titles square off at The Palestra tonight. Harvard’s lone loss in the Ancient Eight was by three-points in overtime at Dartmouth, while Penn holds the League’s longest winning streak at seven-straight.

The Series - The Crimson and Quakers have battled on the hardwood 51 times with Harvard coming out on top on 31 occasions. Penn and Harvard split last season’s two match ups with each team winning on the opponent’s home court.

Last Season’s Meetings - Penn went to Cambridge, Mass. to begin the month of February and squeaked out a 73-72 win with less than two seconds remaining when Katie Kilker hit a free throw after a Crimson miss and foul. Penn had already secured the Ivy League title when the two teams met in March to close out the regular season but Harvard wanted to exact a little revenge and did so, winning, 72-67, thanks in part to a Hana Peljto steal in the closing seconds.

Last Time on the Floor - The Quakers came away from only their second double overtime game ever with a 61-59 win at Princeton on Feb. 1. Penn shot the lights out from beyond the arc (64.7 percent), hitting 11-of-17 attempts but the Tigers hung around with 12 made free throws in the second half. Monica Naltner hit a six-foot jumper with six seconds left in regulation to send the game to its initial extra frame. Karen Habrukowich’s fifth trey of the game (5-for-7) at the 1:08 mark of overtime number two, coupled with a pair of Meghan Cowher missed free throws, gave the Red and Blue its third Ivy win of the young conference season.

Let’s Play Two - Penn has participated in only two games that have been extended to two overtimes. The Quakers’ 61-59 win at Princeton in double OT on Feb. 1 evened the Red and Blue’s record in such games as Penn lost to Northeastern, 80-78, in double overtime in the consolation game of the Robert L. White Tournament held at Northwestern on Dec. 2, 2000.

Working Overtime - Penn boasts an 8-5 record in games decided by at least one overtime session. The Quakers played their first overtime game on Dec. 5, 1996, losing to Lehigh, 88-83. Prior to the thriller at Princeton on Feb. 1, the last overtime game Penn played was a 91-83 win over Charleston in the consolation game of the Navy Tournament in Annapolis, Md. on Dec. 22, 2002.

Leaving Her Mark - Jenna Markoff recorded 17 hard-fought minutes and pulled down a career-matching five rebounds, four on the defensive side of the ball, to help Penn to a 61-59 win over Princeton in double overtime. Markoff also hit a baseline jumper to give the Quakers a three-point lead with 2:01 remaining in the first overtime session.

Among the Best - Penn boasts some of the League’s best individual performers heading into this weekend’s tilts with Harvard and Dartmouth. Five Quakers rank in the top-10 in eight statistical categories heading into the week. Jennifer Fleischer leads the League in rebounding with 9.5 boards per game, also ranking 33rd in the nation. Fleischer also ranks third in blocks with 1.3 per game. Cat Makarewich leads the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (52.4), while Karen Habrukowich ranks fourth (46.4). Habrukowich also ranks fifth in three-point field goals per game (2.0) and ninth in field goal percentage (42.7). Makarewich is 10th in three-pointers per game with 1.4. Amanda Kammes is the League’s fifth-best assist machine with 3.7 per contest, while also ranking 3rd in assist/turnover ratio (1.86) and 10th in blocks per game (0.6). Monica Naltner is third in the Ivy League in free-throw percentage at 81.6 (31-for-38).

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 Crimson - In the midst of her 23rd season as the head coach of Harvard women's basketball, Kathy Delaney-Smith is the all-time winningest Ivy League women's basketball coach. Delaney-Smith's 22-year-plus coaching record at Harvard is 345-246, with a 205-98 record in the Ancient Eight. She reached the 300-win milestone with a 69-58 win over Central Michigan in 2002 and eclipsed the 200-win mark in Ivy games with a 68-53 win over Princeton on March 4, 2004.

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).

Never Shy - Three teams that have appeared on Penn’s schedule this season are ranked in the Top-25. Ohio State is No. 2 in the AP and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, while Maryland appears at No. 20 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. Temple holds the No. 22 spot in both polls. The Quakers ended the non-conference schedule with a 7-6 record.

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.18 vs. Brown.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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