Quakers Go For Quartet of Wins at Lehigh

Game 13

Penn (6-6)atLehigh(11-4)
Bethlehem, Pa. - Stabler Arena
Jan. 18, 2005

Series:Penn 14, Lehigh 11

Game Notes: Game 13 - Penn at Lehigh

The Game - Penn is in the midst of a three-game winning and is perfect heading into the final non-Ivy League game of the season. The Quakers evened their record with a convincing 68-33 win over Lafayette on Jan. 10. Lehigh is also coming off a win over the Leopards, 58-48, on Jan. 12. The Mountain Hawks have feasted on teams from the Ancient Eight, boasting a 3-1 record against the Ivy League.

The Series - The Quakers hold a 14-11 lead in the all-time series with Lehigh and are winners of the last four contests. The Mountain Hawks last defeated Penn, 71-62, on Dec. 2, 1998. The two programs first stepped onto the hardwood against each other on Feb. 20, 1978 with the Red and Blue coming away with a 68-64 victory at The Palestra.

Jan. 6, 2004 - The Red and Blue torched Lehigh, 73-43 at home in the last meeting as three Quakers finished in double figures, including then-junior Karen Habrukowich who finished with 10 points. It was the third-straight victory over Lehigh in The Palestra.

Last Time on the Floor - Penn allowed the least amount of points since Temple managed 29 on Jan. 17, 1995 when the Quakers defeated Lafayette, 68-33, on Jan. 10. Joey Rhoads again was sizzling hot from the floor, making good on all five field-goal attempts and both free-throw attempts to finish with a game-high 14 points. Jennifer Fleischer added 10 points to go along with a season-high six blocks.

Making the most of your time - All 15 active players saw action against Lafayette in Penn’s 68-33 win on Jan. 10. Many saw extended action and made the most of it. Maria DiDonato dropped in a season-high nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, while adding a pair of steals. Rachel Wilson hauled in a career-high five rebounds and junior Henley Hansen recorded a career-high five points in seven minutes on the floor. Reserve guard Lauren Pears also matched a career-high with eight points. In all, Penn’s bench outscored Lafayette’s, 41-12.

Approaching a milestone - Karen Habrukowich is looking for acceptance into a very exclusive club. The senior starting guard needs 16 points to become only the 16th Penn women’s basketball player with 1,000 points in a career. Through 88 games, Habrukowich has amassed 984 points for an 11.2 points per game scoring average. If she scores her average, the Newtown, Pa. native should join the 1000-point club against Yale on Jan. 28, 2005.

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.

A Mileston of his Own - Coaches usually like to have the players receive the accolades during a season but when a milestone is on the horizon fans need to be made aware. Coach Knapp is one victory away from earning his 300th career victory. The first-year Penn coach earned 293 of those wins while at the helm of the New Mexico State and Georgetown women’s basketball programs but his six wins so far this season puts in on the cusp of this milestone. Knapp could capture his seventh win of the season tonight and he will do so in the Red and Blue.

Coaching the Hawks - Sue Troyan is in her 10th season as the Lehigh women’s basketball coach and has brought the program back to be perennial contenders in the Patriot League, compiling 132-138 record during her tenure. Her teams have not finished with less than 10 wins any of the nine seasons she has coached and she has lead the Mountain Hawks to two Patriot League finals appearances and a berth in the NCAA Tournament during the 1996-97 season. Prior coaching basketball at Lehigh, Troyan served as the softball coach, compiling a 107-81-1 record and earning Patriot League Coach of the Year honors.

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).

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

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