Penn's Final Homestand Begins With Cornell

Game 24
Penn (13-10, 6-4 Ivy)vs.
Cornell(2-21,0-10 Ivy)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Feb. 25, 2005
Series:Penn 43, Cornell 9

Game Notes: Game 24 - Penn v. Cornell

The Game - Both teams are looking for something heading into tonight’s match-up. Cornell is in search of its first League win of the season and Penn is looking for just its second Ancient Eight victory at The Palestra. The game features a pair of 12-points per game scorers at opposite ends of their collegiate careers. Penn’s Karen Harukowich is entering the final days in the Red and Blue and leads the team with 12.2 points per game, is Penn’s all-time leader in three-pointers (185) and is seventh on Penn’s all-time scoring list (1,147). Lindsay Krasna is averaging 12.0 points per contest during her freshman campaign and is in the running for Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

The Series - Penn leads the all-time series between the Quakers and the Big Red, 43-9, and is winner of six straight. Despite the apparent domination of Cornell, the past two contests have been anything but one-sided. Cornell almost derailed Penn at Newman Arena as the Quakers made their run towards the Ivy League title. Penn won the game, 69-66, but the Big Red had a shot at the win as time expired. This season’s first meeting saw the Big Red chip away at a 16-point Penn second-half lead, falling one-point short of an upset victory. The Cornell game has been a closely fought battle over the past four seasons. Five of the last nine meetings have been decided by five points or less with the Quakers coming out on top all five times. Before Penn’s 51-50 win on Feb. 12, the closest was a 69-68 victory over the Big Red on March 2, 2002.

Last Meeting - As previously stated, Penn’s game at Newman Arena on Feb. 12 did not surprise anyone that has followed this series over the past few years. Despite Cornell coming in without a League victory and Penn in search of back-to-back Ivy titles, the outcome was decided by one point. Penn took a 16-point lead, 42-26, with 14:12 remaining. The Red and Blue did not score another point over the next eight minutes, two seconds as the Big Red rattled off 15 unanswered points to pull within one, 42-41, at the 6:10 mark. Despite Cornell’s best effort, Penn would not allow the Big Red to tie the score as the Quakers’ defense held their then seventh opponent to 50 points or less.

Last Time on the Floor - The Quakers earned their first season sweep of an Ivy League opponent as Penn defeated Princeton, 58-50, at The Palestra on Feb. 22. It was the first League win at home this season and the sixth of the season for the Red and Blue. The determining factor of the game was Princeton’s inability to control the ball and its off night from the free-throw line. Penn forced 21 turnovers and converted them into 22 points, while the Tigers went to the charity stripe 19 times but managed only seven makes on the night. Conversely, Penn made 16-of-21 free throws (72.7 percent) led by Karen Habrukowich who was a perfect 7-for-7 from the line.

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 36.2 percent shooting (27th) and boast a 37.3 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (18th). Individually, Jennifer Fleischer and her 11.0 rebounds per game ranks seventh in the nation, while Karen Habrukowich ranks 22nd in the country with a 42.4 percent three-point shooting percentage.

Start Your Engines - Joey Rhoads recorded her third-career start on Feb. 22 against Princeton. The sophomore guard is averaging 15.7 points per game in her three starts this season and has never scored below 15 points when starting a game. Her second start of the season came against Yale on Feb. 19. Rhoads scored 16 points and dished a career-high seven assists.

A Dish Best Served Hot - Amanda Kammes had a hot hand against Princeton in terms of scoring and assists. The senior guard dished a season-matching eight dimes, while also scoring seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. Kammes also recorded three rebounds, two steals and one block in 33 minutes on the floor.

Three Three’s Away - Karen Habrukowich, already Penn’s all-time leader in three-pointers, is three treys away from moving into fifth on the Ivy League all-time list. Habrukowich currently has 185 career three’s. She needs three more to pass Cornell’s Mary LaMacchia (1992-96) and eight more to move into fourth and pass Princeton’s Maureen Lane (1999-2003).

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 Red - A former assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, Dayna Smith is in the midst of her third season directing the women's basketball program at Cornell after helping build programs at Rhode Island and Penn for a combined six seasons as an assistant coach. Smith was named head coach on June 19, 2002. She became the first Rebecca Quinn Morgan `60 Head Coach of Women's Basketball when the position was endowed in the fall of 2003.

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)

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. 25 vs. Columbia.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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