Quakers Hit the Road for Harvard and Dartmouth

Penn at Harvard-Dartmouth Game Notes in PDF Format

This Weekend’s Games - The Red and Blue will embark on their final weekend road trip of the 2005-06 season as they face Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday. Penn (4-18, 2-7 Ivy) defeated Columbia last Friday to snap a six-game losing skid, but lost to Cornell on Saturday after the Big Red rallied from a 10-point second half deficit. Harvard (9-13, 5-4 Ivy) had that same problem at Brown as it blew an 11-point lead with just under seven minutes left in the game and eventually lost, 66-61, last Friday. The Crimson, who have won four of their last six games, recouped from the loss and defeated Yale the next night. Dartmouth (17-5, 8-1 Ivy) had a seven-game winning streak snapped with a hard-fought overtime loss against Brown last Saturday. The Big Green feature three players in the top ten in Ivy League scoring, led by senior Jeannie Cullen, who has made 71 three-pointers this season and is among the all-time active NCAA leaders in that category.

The Series with Harvard - Penn faces Harvard for the 56th time on Saturday evening, in a series that started in 1976. Harvard leads the series 35-20, and has been victorious in eight of its last nine games over Penn. The Crimson swept last year’s series and have won four straight over the Quakers.

The Series with Dartmouth - Penn will take on the Big Green for the 55th time on Saturday night, in a series that began in 1974. The Quakers had won fight straight over Dartmouth from 2002-04, but were swept last season and lost again on Feb. 10 this year.

Quaker Note-Meal - Senior center Jennifer Fleischer trails Quaker-great Kirsten Brendel by 24 rebounds for fourth-place on Penn’s all-time list ... Fleischer leads the Ivy League with 10.7 boards per game and is the only player averaging double-digits ... Joey Rhoads is second in the league in free-throw percentage at 83.3 and is fifth in assists per game at 3.5.

Oh, What a Night - Senior Jennifer Fleischer celebrated her 22nd birthday in style with perhaps the best performance of her career at Penn. She became just the seventh player in program history to break the 20-20 plateau with 25 points and 21 rebounds in leading the Quakers to a 64-49 victory over Columbia last Friday night at The Palestra. The victory not only snapped a six-game losing streak for the Quakers, but it was also the 200th all-time victory for the women’s program at The Palestra. Here are some more notes from the game:

• The Quakers as a team shot 46.7 percent from the field to take a 39-27 first half lead, the most points Penn has scored all season in the first 20 minutes of a game.

• Fleischer tied career highs with her 25 points and 21 boards, while also adding five blocks, two assists and a steal.

• Fleischer had a double-double by the midpoint with 13 points and 11 boards.

• Her performance was the first 20-20 effort since Penn all-time leading scorer Diana Caramanico scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 29, 2000 ... Overall, it was the eighth all-time 20-20 game in Quaker history (Natasha Rezek and Brendel each did it twice).

• With her fifth block of the night, Fleischer passed Caramanico for second on the all-time blocks list.

• It was Fleischer’s 24th career double-double, which leaves her one short of tying Jewel Clark for sixth on the school’s all-time list.

Download: WBB Notes at Harvard-Dartmouth.pdf