Penn Women's Basketball Welcomes Yale to The Palestra

Game 22
Penn (12-9, 5-3 Ivy)vs.Yale(4-18,1-8 Ivy)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Feb. 19, 2005
Penn 29, Yale 27

Game Notes: Game 22 - Penn v. Yale

The Game - Since their meeting nearly one month ago, the Quakers and Bulldogs have had opposite fortunes in terms of wins. Penn sits at 5-2 heading into the weekend and tied for third with Harvard, one half game back of Brown. Yale has lost four of five games with its only win coming against Cornell, 68-49. Yale suffered through a tough road weekend, recording losses to Dartmouth (59-39) and Harvard (90-55). Since the two program’s meetings, Penn’s only League losses have come to those same two teams but by widely different margins. The Quakers fell to Harvard by three points on Feb. 4 and to Dartmouth by one point the following night.

The Series - Penn holds a 29-27 lead in the all-time series with the Bulldogs and the Quakers look to sweep the season series for the second-straight year. The Red and Blue have not suffered a loss to Yale since March 1, 2003 when the Elis dealt Penn a 75-63 loss. Since then, Penn has won the three games by margins of two, 20 and 13 points, respectively. The closes outcome over these past three meetings occurred at The Palestra when the Quakers walked away with a 59-57 win. Penn has swept the season series seven times, while Yale has done so six times.

Last Meeting - The Quakers began their last game with Yale with one field goal in the first seven minutes, two seconds of play. Penn turned it on as it defeated the Bulldogs, 53-40, holding an Ivy opponent to its lowest total since the 1999-2000 season when Columbia was held to 43 points on Jan. 28, 2000. Jennifer Fleischer and Monica Naltner led Penn in the scoring column at the John J. Lee Amphitheater, pouring in 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Last Time on the Floor - Penn suffered nearly six scorless minutes against Brown in the Quakers’ 76-69 loss. The Bears scroed 21 points during the same time span to improve to 7-2 in League play and hold onto sole possession of second place behind Dartmouth. Jennifer Fleischer recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Karen Habrukowich scored 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from long range and Cat Makarewich also finished in double figures with 11 points.

Show the Love - Jennifer Fleischer was presented with a pair of gifts this past Valentine’s Day as the junior center was named the Ivy League and Big 5 Player of the Week on Feb. 14. Fleischer averaged 19.0 points and 20.0 rebounds in a pair of wins last weekend. She scored a career-high 25 points against Columbia and corralled a career-high 21 rebounds, the fourth-most in a Penn women’s basketball game, against Cornell. Fleischer is now averaging 11.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

Nationally Known - The Penn women’s basketball team has continually been atop the national rankings in field-goal percentage defense and three-point field-goal percentage. The Quakers are currently holding opponents to 35.5 percent shooting (17th) and boast a 38.0 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (15th). Individually, Jennifer Fleischer and her 11.1 rebounds per game ranks ninth in the nation, while Karen Habrukowich ranks 18th in the country with a 42.9 percent three-point shooting percentage.
Touch of Gray - Ashley Gray came off the bench and was a huge contributor to Penn in its one-point win over Cornell. The sophomore forward grabbed a career-high five rebounds while also scoring a then-career-high three points. Gray registered all of her points at the foul line as she went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe. She followed that performance up with a career-high four points in Penn’s loss to Brown on Feb. 18.

7th Heaven - Karen Habrukowich scored 16 points against Brown, which moved her past Shelly Bowers (1992-95) for seventh on Penn’s all-time scoring list with 1,116 career points.

In Case You Missed It - With her second trey of the game at the 9:45 mark in the second half against Dartmouth, Karen Habrukowich became Penn’s all-time leader in three-point field goals with 171, passing Colleen Kelly (1995-98) who had held the record for nearly seven years at 170. Since then the senior has tacked on 10 more and now holds the record at 181 and counting. She is seven trifectas from passing Cornell’s Mary LaMacchia (1992-96) for fifth on the Ivy League’s all-time list. With 19 more long-range bombs, Habrukowich would become only the fourth Ivy Leaguer to make at least 200 three-point field goals in a career.

Smile as You Pass By - Jennifer Fleischer will pass former teammate Jewel Clark on the Penn all-time blocks list with 5 more swats. Fleischer is averaging 1.4 blocks per game, third in the Ivy League, and recorded four rejections against Cornell on Feb. 12.

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 Yale - 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.

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); Jennifer Fleischer (Feb. 14). Ivy League — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24); Jennifer Fleischer (Feb. 14). Penn Student-Athlete of the Week — Monica Naltner (Dec. 12); Karen Habrukowich (Jan. 24).

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 The next game that will be broadcast will be on Feb. 22 vs. Princeton.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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