New Haven, Conn. - John J. Lee Amphitheater
Jan. 28, 2005
Broadcast: LIVE on the YES Network (DirecTV channel 610) - John Sterling, Bobby Hurley, Jr. and Chris Shearn
Series:Penn 28, Yale 27
Providence, R.I. - Pizzitola Sports Center
Jan. 29, 2005
Series:Brown 28,Penn 27
Game Notes: Games 14,15 - Penn at Yale/Brown
Ivy Opener - It is time for the Ancient Eight to dust off the non-conference schedule and begin pursuit of the Crowley Trophy. Penn is 17-12 all-time in Ivy League opening tilts, 5-5 over the past decade. The Quakers are looking to join Harvard, the last program to win back-to-back Ivy titles, and successfully defend the Red and Blue’s 2003-04 crown.
Last Time on the Floor - The Quakers grabbed their fourth-straight victory to conclude the non-League portion of their schedule. Penn defeated Lehigh, 68-53, on Jan. 18, giving the Red and Blue a perfect record (2-0) against opponents from the Patriot League. In the game, three Quakers finished with double digits in the scoring column, led by Karen Habrukowich with 21 points. Joey Rhoads added 15 points and Monica Naltner chipped in 12.
vs. Yale - The Bulldogs were one of three Ivy League that Penn swept en route to the 2003-04 Ancient Eight title. Penn narrowly defeated the Elis, 59-57, at The Palestra but bounced back to beat Yale, 76-56, at John J. Lee Amphitheater.
All-time against Bulldogs - The Quakers hold a slight one-game edge in the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 28-27, but have earned victories in the last two meetings. The Bulldogs last defeated Penn, 75-63, at The Palestra on March 1, 2003.
vs. Brown - Much like with Yale, the all-time series between Brown and Penn stands at 28-27. The only difference is that the Bears hold the edge between these two programs. Brown has two Ivy League victories under its belt, both over Yale, and is looking for its first Ancient Eight crown since winning back-to-back titles during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons.
Unclear Advantage - The Quakers and Bears have split their two regular season meetings over the past two seasons. Before that, Penn had swept Brown in the season series during the 2001-02 and 2000-01 seasons. The last time Brown swept Penn during a season was in 1998-99. The last time the Red and Blue earned a victory in the Pizzitola Sports Center was Feb. 22, 2002, a 72-66 win.
Make Room for One More - With 16 first-half points at Lehigh, Karen Habrukowich became just the 16th player in Penn women’s basketball history to score 1,000 or more points in a career. Her three-point field goal at the 3:06 of the first half. The senior finished the game with 21 points and now stands as Penn’s 15th all-time leading scorer with 1,005 points.
Guarding the Glass - Cleaning up rebounds is no longer just for the front court. Guards Cat Makarewich and Amanda Kammes each set career highs in rebounds in Penn’s win over Lehigh on Jan. 18. Makarewich, who also leads the Ivy Leagu in three-point accuracy (54.8 percent), corralled a career-high five caroms, while Kammes, hauled in a career-best six boards. Earlier this season, Karen Habrukowich became the only guard this season to record double-digit rebounds with 10 against Marist (Dec. 11).
Two Bills - Senior point guard Amanda Kammes needs 24 more helpers for 200-career assists. The senior leads the team and is fourth in the League with 3.92 assists per game.
Swat Team - Jennifer Fleischer has been her own swat team, blocking 1.5 shots per game. She currently has 69 career blocks, 15 away from moving past former temmate, Jewel Clark (82) for third on the all-time list.
Take Note - Penn the Ivy League’s toughest schedule thus far through the year. The latest RPI rankings show the Quakers’ schedule as the 73rd-hardest in the country, and rank Penn with an RPI of 86. Statistically, Penn ranks fifth in the country with a 41.9 percent three-point field-goal shooting percentage.
What Sophomore Slump? - It is often difficult to match the success of your first effort but sophomore’s Joey Rhoads and Monica Naltner bettering their rookie campaigns by leaps and bounds. Rhoads is third on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg) and has recorded five double-digit scoring games, two straight. Naltner has hit double digits on four occasions, including a career-high 17 points at Marist on Dec. 11. Also, disspelling the myth of a sophomore jynx is Lauren Pears. The Mechanicsburg, Pa. native is averaging four points in 14.8 minutes per game and has scored a career-high eight points twice this season.
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 Bulldogs - Amy Backus is in her sixth season as head coach of the Bulldogs. In each of the previous five years the team has broken long-standing team records. Under Backus, Yale has been extremely successful from beyond the arc, finishing second in the Ivy League in three-point shooting last season and boasting three of the conference's top nine most accurate three-point shooters and led by Division I's fourth-most accurate.
Coaching the Bears - Jean Marie Burr is in her 17th year at the helm of the Brown women's basketball program. The winningest coach in Brown basketball history (men's and women's), Burr has compiled 13 winning Ivy League seasons, including three consecutive League Titles from 1991-94. In 1994, Brown made Ivy League history as it was the first team in the conference to appearance in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
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. 18). Ivy League Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24). Penn Student-Athlete of the Week Monica Naltner (Dec. 12); Karen Habrukowich (Jan. 24).
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. Penn has competed against Colorado, then-No. 22 Maryland, Villanova, Temple, Marist and then-No. 6 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.
Never Shy - Three teams that have appeared on Penn’s schedule this season are ranked in the Top-25. Ohio State is the third-ranked team in the nation, while Maryland appears at No. 20 in the AP Poll and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. Temple cracked is also ranked for the first time all season, holding the No. 24 spot according to the AP and the No. 25 position according to ESPN and USA Today.
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. 1 at Princeton.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications