Penn Women's Basketball Tips Off at The Palestra

Game 1

Penn (0-0) vs. Northeastern (0-1)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Nov. 21, 2004
1 p.m.

Series: Northeastern 2, Penn 0

Game Notes: Game 1 - Penn v. Northeastern

Tip-Off Time - Penn women’s basketball begins its run for a second-straight Ivy League title with a pair of home contests before heading west for Thanksgiving. The Quakers host Northeastern today, followed by La Salle on Nov. 23 and then the 18th Annual Coors Classic at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. The Red and Blue return eight letterwinners and three starters from a squad that finished the regular season 17-10 overall and 11-3 in the Ancient Eight en route to the championship.

Official Welcome - Head Coach Patrick Knapp receives his official welcome on Sunday by coaching his first game in The Palestra at the helm of the Quakers. Knapp joins the Penn family after 18 seasons with Georgetown. He 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 has been preparing the squad since the day he stepped onto campus and all who follow women’s hoops at Penn is excited for his tenure to begin.

Second Time To the Dance - Penn earned its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2004, winning its second Ivy League title in four years. The Quakers’ first trip to the dance was in 2001 when they faced Texas Tech in the first round. This past season, the Red and Blue stepped on the court against eventual three-time national champions Connecticut.

Nothing NU To Us - Today’s match-up with Northeastern will be the third meeting between the two programs in the past five years. The Huskies hold a 2-0 advantage in the series, including a 78-69 win at Solomon Court on Jan. 3, 2004. The first meeting between Penn and Northeastern came on Dec. 2, 2000 and resulted in a 80-78 double-overtime win for the Huskies.

On Your Guard - Penn enters this season deeper at the guard position than it has been in quite some time. Nine of the 17 team members are at the guard position — four seniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.

Top Gun - Karen Habrukowich is the Red and Blue’s top-returning scorer. The senior averaged just under 10 points per game (9.6 ppg) during 2003-04. Habrukowich, one of five captains along with Class of ‘05 teammates Maria DiDonato, Katie Kilker, Cat Makarewich and Amanda Kammes, recorded 10 games with double digits in the scoring column, including a season-high 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Cornell (Feb. 14, 2004). Coincidentally, her first game with 10 or more points came against Northeastern. Habrukowich had 10 points (3-of-8) and two assists.

Home Openers - The Quakers are 12-9 when opening the season at The Palestra. Penn’s last home opener was a 78-71 loss to Temple on Nov. 22, 2002. The Red and Blue’s last victory at the storied arena was a 79-50 win over Temple on Nov. 20, 1999.

Everyone Is On Board - Jennifer Fleischer was Penn’s top rebounder in 2003-04, averaging 9.6 boards per game. The junior center pulled down a career-high 18 caroms against Columbia (Feb. 13, 2004) at The Palestra.

Let It Be From Three - Penn ranked in the top-four in the Ivy League in both three-point field goals per game and three-point percentage. The Quakers took 6.8 shots from long range (fourth) for a 35.2 percentage (third). Seniors Karen Habrukowich and Cat Makarewich led the Red and Blue from outside, shooting 43 and 42 percent, respectively. Sophomore guard Joey Rhoads hoisted 96 three-point shots, making 37 (39 percent).

Toe That Line - Joey Rhoads finished the 2003 season as Penn’s leader at the foul line. The then-freshman was 21-for-26 from the charity stripe (81 percent).

A Little Respect - The Quakers ranked in the top-50 nationally in three statistical categories at season’s end. Penn was 46th in three-point percentage (35 percent), 30th in turnovers per game (15.0) and 26th in three-point field goals per game (6.8).

Nationally Known - Jennifer Fleischer finished her sophomore campaign ranked in the top-40 in the country in rebounding. The New Harford, N.Y. native averaged 9.6 boards per game, which was also good enough to rank second in the Ivy League. Fleischer also ranked fifth in the Ancient Eight in blocks per game (1.4).

Pointed in the Right Direction - Senior point guard Amanda Kammes had a career-high 10 assists as a starter last season. She set her career mark against Drexel on Jan. 13, 2004 and matched it in a 71-58 road victory at Dartmouth on Feb. 7, 2004. Kammes finished the season ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 3.5 helpers per game.

Captains, Oh My Captains - The Class of 2005 consists of Maria DiDonato, Karen Habrukowich, Amanda Kammes, Katie Kilker and Cat Makarewich. All five have been named captains for the 2004-05 season. The Class of ‘05 has an overall record of 44-38 (.537), a 28-14 (.667) mark in the Ancient Eight and two League titles under their belt.

Back For More - Penn returns 14 student-athletes and eight letterwinners from last season’s championship squad. Along with the talented core of seniors, the Quakers also return juniors Henley Hansen, Jenna Markoff, Rachel Wilson (who missed all of 2003-04 due to injury), Teresa Fallon and All-Ivy center Jennifer Fleischer. The Class of 2007 is lead by Ivy League All-Rookie selection Joey Rhoads as well as Monica Naltner, Ashley Gray and Lauren Pears.

Fresh Faces - Three newcomers join the Quakers in 2004-05. Guards Andrea Wright, Brilynne Parrish and Kimberly Franklin will look to leave their mark on this year’s team as the previous crops of rookies have done before them.

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.

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.

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