Penn Women's Basketball Looking for Revenge in New England

Game 26
Penn (15-10,8-4 Ivy)vs.Dartmouth(14-9,10-1 Ivy)
Hanover, N.H.- Leede Arena
March 4, 2005
Dartmouth 32, Penn 19

Game 27
Penn (15-10,8-4 Ivy)vs.Harvard(17-7,9-2Ivy)
Cambridge, Mass. - Lavietes Pavilion
March 5, 2005
Harvard 32, Penn 20

Game Notes: Games 26-27 - Penn v. Dartmouth/Harvard

Last Time on the Floor - The Quakers earned a pair of victories to close out their home season at the Palestra. Cornell came to Philadelphia in search of its first League win but despite battling back from 18-point deficits twice, was dealt its 11th Ivy loss, 65-54. Karen Habrukowich scored a season-matching 22 points, including 13 points in the second half. Habrukowich’s stellar offensive weekend was not finished as the senior guard scored seven of Penn’s final 11 points in the Red and Blue’s 58-52 come-from-behind win over Columbia on senior night. The victories raised Penn’s overall mark to 15-10, 8-4 in the Ivy League, and 6-6 at The Palestra.

vs. Dartmouth - Penn has given up 70 or more points three times during this Ivy League season. One of those was to Dartmouth in the Big Green’s 73-71 win at The Palestra on Feb. 5. The Quakers battled back from 13 points down with under 10 minutes to go, tying the score with one minute to go on a Monica Naltner jumper from the top key. Unfortunately for the Red and Blue faithful, Dartmouth’s Elise Morrison went down the floor and scored the game winning basket with a little over two seconds remaining. Jennifer Fleischer recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 boards in the loss.

All-time Against the Big Green - Dartmouth leads the all-time series with Penn, 32-19. The Big Green are now in position to win out and claim the Ivy League title. But Penn holds a four-game winning streak against Dartmouth at Leede Arena. The last Big Green win in their home gym was on Feb. 12, 2000, 89-71. Last season, Penn came into Leede Arena tied with the Big Green at 5-0 for the League lead. The Quakers won that game, 71-58, and later defeated Dartmouth at The Palestra to claim the 2003-04 Ivy crown.

vs. Harvard - Penn held a nine-point lead over Harvard at The Palestra with under eight minutes remaining in the game on Feb. 4. A Harvard team that averages over 70 points per game was held to 16 points under its average but still came away from Philadelphia with a 54-50 victory over the Red and Blue. Monica Naltner led the Quakers with 16 points in the game.

All-Time Against the Crimson - The Crimson hold a 32-20 lead in the all-time series and are winners of the last two meetings with Penn. Both of those meetings have taken place in The Palestra. Harvard has not defeated the Quakers at Lavietes Pavilion since the 2002-03 season. Last year, Penn came into Havard’s gym and stunned the preseason favorite, 73-72, on a Katie Kilker free throw with a little over one second left in regulation.

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 Big Green - With eight Ivy League championships and four NCAA tournament appearances, Dartmouth
College head women's basketball coach Chris Wielgus has established herself as one of the nation's elite coaches. With three games remaining in her 20th season (1976-84, 1993-present) as the head coach of the Big Green, Wielgus has solidified her reputation as one of the top women's basketball strategists in the country. Dartmouth as the enviable ability to control its own destiny heading into this weekend with a game up on Harvard. Wielgus is the winningest coach in the illustrious history of Dartmouth College, amassing a stellar record of 289-210 in Hanover, N.H. In over 20 years as a head coach, Wielgus sports a 326-231 overall record.

Habrukowich Cracks Top Five - With Karen Habrukowich's second three-point field goal in Penn's 58-52 win over Columbia on Feb. 26, she moved into fifth on the Ivy League all-time three-point list. Now with 190 career treys, Habrukowich moved past Cornell's Mary LaMacchia (1992-96) on the all-time list. She is now just three shy of overtaking Princeton's Maureen Lane (1999-2003) for fourth. The effort also netted Habrukowich a Big 5 Player of the Week nod as well.

A Perfect 10 - Jennifer Fleischer scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the junior center’s 10th double-double of the season. Fleischer has 18 career double-doubles and is averaging a double-dip this season with 11.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The next Ivy Leaguers to Fleischer is Dartmouth’s Elise Morrison, Brown’s Holly Robertson and Harvard’s Reka Cserny with eight double-doubles apiece.

Feel Her Rath - Heading into the weekend, Karen Habrukowich is 14 points away from passing Cheryl Rath (1986-89) for sixth on the Penn all-time scoring list. Habrukowich sits in seventh with 1,189 points while Rath finished her career with 1,202.

Among the Trees - Reserve sophomore guard Joey Rhoads is more recognizable shooting a three-pointer or zipping past a defender for a reverse lay up. Penn fans don’t recognize as a player that crashes the boards but the diminuitive Rhoads recorded a career-high six rebounds in Penn’s 58-52 victory over Columbia on Feb. 26.

A Moment in Time - Prior to Penn’s game against Columbia on Feb. 26, the five members of '05 were honored at center court. Moments later they were able to experience something they had never been able to before that night. All five seniors started the game, marking the first time the quintet had ever shared the floor simultaneously as one unit. They played three minutes, 23 seconds together before the first substitution was called.

Coaching the Crimson - Nearing the end of her 23rd season as the head coach of Harvard women's basketball, Kathy Delaney-Smith is the all-time winningest Ivy Leaguewomen's basketball coach. Delaney-Smith's 22-year-plus coaching record at Harvard is 352-247, with a 212-99 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:

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)
Karen Habrukowich (Feb. 28)

Penn Student-Athlete of the Week
Monica Naltner (Dec. 12)
Karen Habrukowich (Jan. 24)

Penn Picked Third - The Red and Blue were picked to finish this season third in the Ivy League in the preseason media poll, earning 99 overall votes and two first-place tallies. Dartmouth is the preseason favorite, garnering 114 overall and nine of the possible 16 first-place votes.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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