Penn Women's Basketball Goes for Three in a Row at Lafayette

Game 12

Penn (5-6)atLafayette(2-10)
Easton, Pa. - Allen P. Kirby Sports Center
Jan. 10, 2005

Series:Penn 15, Lafayette 14

Game Notes: Game 12 - Penn at Lafayette

The Game - Penn and Lafayette meet for the 30th time in the series between the two programs. The two teams are moving in opposite directions as the Red and Blue are on a two-game winning streak and the Leopards are in the midst of a seven-game skid. Lafayette last won on Dec. 2, 63-47, over Radford.

The Series - Penn leads the series with Lafayette, 15-14, and the Quakers are winners are the last four against their opponents from the Patriot League. The two teams first stepped onto the hardwood in competition on March 2, 1977. Penn emerged victorious by a score of 87-48. The last time Lafayette earned a victory against the Red and Blue was on Jan. 18, 1999 when they sent Penn home with an 81-69 loss.

Jan. 20, 2004 - The Red and Blue handed Lafayette an 84-63 loss the last time these two teams met. Three Quakers scored in double figures with Jennifer Fleischer hitting on 5-of-9 shots for 17 points and Cat Makarewich dropped in 14 on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Fifteen of Penn’s 16 active players saw action in last year’s meeting.

Last Time on the Floor - The Quakers picked up their second-straight win with a 74-57 victory at Rider on Jan. 3. Jennifer Fleischer scored a career-high 22 points and recorded a season-matching 16 rebounds for her 12th-career double-double. Cat Makarewich added a career-high seven assists in the win. The game was the first of six-straight road games that keep the Red and Blue away from The Palestra until Feb. 4.

Tune it in and turn it up - Many women’s basketball games will be broadcast over the internet at this season but only three games can be heard on live on XPN - FM 88.5 as well. Penn v. Lafayette is the first of these three contests to be aired live on your FM dial. Brian Seltzer, Penn’s sideline reporter for Quakers football, and Alex Snyder-Mackler, color analyst for Penn men’s basketball, will have the call from the Allen P. Kirby Sports Center.

Penn in the RPI - The Quakers are ranked 111th out of 328 Division I schools according to the latest RPI rankings released by the Woemn’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) on Jan. 9. The Quakers also have played the 61st-toughest schedule through 11 games, which has been helped by having already played two teams currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Top-25 poll. Both the RPI ranking and strength-of-schedule are tops among all Ivy League schools.

Approaching a milestone - Karen Habrukowich is looking for acceptance into a very exclusive club. The senior starting guard needs 24 points to become only the 16th Penn women’s basketball player with 1,000 points in a career. Through 87 games, Habrukowich has amassed 976 points for an 11.2 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.

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.

Coaching the Leopards - Tammy Smith is in her fourth season at the helm of the Lafayette women’s basketball team. She has compiled a 9-87 record with the Leopards and is winless in two contests with the Quakers.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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