PHILADELPHIA - For the first time since 1981, Penn will make a visit to Emmitsburg, Md., to take on the Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary’s. It will be another tough task for the Quakers, as The Mount is off to its best start since 1996-97.
In the Series
There is a short history between these two teams --Penn and Mount St. Mary’s have only met once before with The Mount pulling out the victory, 49-42,more than27 years ago.
Last Time Out
For the second straight home game, Penn played superbly at The Palestra. However, despite senior Kelly Scott’s career-high 21 points, Saint Joseph’s found a way to slide by the Quakers, 66-60. It was a three-point game down the stretch, 61-58, as the Hawks had possession at the 1:17 mark. A tremendous defensive eff ort led to a steal by senior Anca Popovici and the Quakers had a chance to tie the game. However, senior Carrie Biemer’s layup was called off on an off ensive foul call and Saint Joseph’s was able to make its free throws to put the game out of reach in the closing seconds. The Hawks got off to a quick start with the game’s fi rst nine points. However, when Scott hit her fi rst three of the night to start the scoring for the Quakers at the 16:47 mark, Penn hit its stride. With just over seven minutes to go in the fi rst half, after four straight points from senior Katarina Lackner, the game was tied at 18-18. The Hawks scored the first eight points for a 39-31 lead three minutes into the second frame. Penn was again resilient, pushing right back with a Lackner lay-up squeezed between two Scott three-pointers to close the gap to 41-39 with 14:40 left. Penn was within one, 59-58, at the four minute mark when Caitlin Slover buried an open layup off of another excellent pass by sophomore Erin Power, setting up the final sequence.
Power on the Boards
Sophomore Erin Power has been superb in the last two games. The Elmwood Park, Ill., native made the most of her time at Duquesne with seven rebounds in eight minutes. She then topped that effort with a career day versus Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday. Her eight rebounds and nine assists in 30 minutes were all career highs.
Home and Away
Penn has played well this season at The Palestra. In their only two games at home, the Quakers nearly upset two Big 5 rivalslosing by a combined eight points. However, the road has not been as kind. In two games as the visitors, Penn has fallen by more than 30 points each time.
Biemer in Double Digits
You can almost surely expect to see senior Carrie Biemer score in double digits tonight. She has done so in 17 straight games. The last time she was held under the 10-point mark was Jan. 15, 2008 against Seton Hall. She leads the team in scoring this season with 14.3 ppg and was honored by the Ivy League as an honorable mention player of the week for her eff ort against Villanova and Duquesne last week.
About the Mountaineers
Mount St. Mary’s is off to its best start in over a decade at 2-1. The Mount defeated Colgate and Lafayette with their only blemish coming to Duquesne. The Dukes also claimed a win over the Quakers. The Mount fell 66-59, while Penn dropped to the Dukes by a score of 78-45. Mount St. Mary’s has been led by sophomore Leah Westbrooks. After notching her fi rst career double-double againt Lafayette on Tuesday, Westbrooks is now averaging a double-double for the season. Two other Mountaineers are in double digits in scoring this year with senior Brianna Gauthier leading the team with 13 assists. Defensively, The Mount is holding opponents to 53.0 points per game and averaging 10.0 steals per game to go along with a plus-four rebounding margin through the first three games.
On Dec. 3, Penn will travel to Easton, Pa., to match up against the Leopards of Lafayette at 7 p.m. Two days later, the Quakers will be back inside the friendly confi nes of The Palestra to take on Navy at3 p.m.
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