Quakers Host Columbia and Cornell This Weekend

Ivy Weekend # 4

Penn (3-17, 1-6 Ivy)

vs.Columbia (5-16, 1-7 Ivy)
Feb. 17, 2006 - 7 p.m.

vs.Cornell (7-14, 4-4 Ivy)
Feb. 18, 2006 - 7 p.m.

The Palestra

PHILADELPHIA- The Quakers hope to begin the last leg of the Ivy schedule on a positive note this weekend against Columbia and Cornell. Penn (3-17, 1-6 Ivy) will try and snap a six-game losing streak on Friday against the last team they were victorious against - the Lions. Columbia (5-16, 1-7 Ivy) defeated Yale last weekend after losing its previous nine games, but fell to second-place Brown the next evening. Despite their troubles, guard Megan Griffith has enjoyed a solid season for the Lions, as she is tied for fourth in the Ivy League with a 14.9 scoring average. Cornell (7-14, 4-4 Ivy) also beat Yale but lost to Brown in Ivy League action last weekend. Its other conference wins this season? Two times against travel-partner Columbia and one over the Quakers on Jan. 13. The Big Red feature the league’s top freshman in Jeomi Maduka, who is tied for fourth in the conference in scoring (14.9 ppg) and ranks second with 8.1 rebounds per game.

Quaker Note-Meal - A win tonight at The Palestra would be the 200th all-time victory for the women's program at the fabled arena ... Senior center Jennifer Fleischer is just four blocks short of tying Quaker legend Diana Caramanico for second place on the school’s all-time blocks list ... Fleischer also trails yet another Quaker-great, Kirsten Brendel, by 46 rebounds for fourth-place on Penn’s all-time list ... Fleischer leads the Ivy League with 10.2 rebounds per game and is second with 1.58 blocks per contest ... Since starting their first six games with the same lineup, the Quakers have had 10 different starting fives in the 14 games after ... Junior guard Joey Rhoads is the Ivy's second-best free throw shooter at 84.2 percent from the line.

The Series with Columbia - Penn faces Columbia for the 41st time on Friday evening, in a series that started in 1985. The Quakers lead the series 28-12 and have won three straight over the Lions, including this year’s 68-62 victory on Jan. 13.

The Series with Cornell - Penn will take on the Big Red for the 55th time on Saturday night, in a series that began in 1974. The Quakers had won seven straight meetings and 11 of their last 12 before Cornell’s 64-51 win earlier this season in Ithaca, N.Y. Penn holds a 44-10 overall lead in the all-time series.

The Rhoad to Victory - Junior guard Joey Rhoads has showed why she is considered one of the top shooters in the Ivy League this season. The Huntingdon Valley, Pa., native has been stellar for the Quakers, scoring double-digits in 11 of 19 games played. Rhoads has reached the 20-point mark in four games this season (against Lehigh, Saint Joseph's, American and Columbia). One of her best performances came in Penn's season-opening 76-73 overtime triumph over Lehigh, when she scored 26 points (including a career-high six three-pointers), tallying five of those points in the extra frame to pace her team. For her efforts, she was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the first time in her career. After dropping 21 points on then-undefeated Saint Joseph’s, her third 20-point effort came on Dec. 10 at American. She scored a career-high 27 points, added a personal-best nine assists, and nailed a dramatic game-tying three-pointer with 9.3 seconds left to force the game into overtime. Against Columbia on Jan. 14, Rhoads drained a crucial three-pointer and two free throws to ice off a 68-62 victory for the Quakers, capping off a 22-point night for her.

Fleisch-Watch - Senior center Jennifer Fleischer continues to rack up numbers that solidify her spot in the Penn record book. The New Hartford, N.Y., native has had a stellar career on the glass for Penn, as she currently ranks fifth on the school’s all-time rebounding list. With her second rebound at Brown on Feb. 3, she eclipsed Auretha Fleming for the fifth-place slot on the list. Fleischer passed Diane DiBonaventuro for sixth place on Jan. 7 with 11 rebounds against Princeton. Her first rebound against Cornell on Jan. 13 was her 700th (only the sixth player in Penn history to do so), but she wasn’t finished, grabbing 21 total rebounds for the game to tie a career-best. Her other top performances this year included a 19-point, 17-rebound game against Marist on Dec. 31 and a 23-point, 18 rebound showing in two games at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., back in November. She was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.

Penn Career Rebounds

1,207 Diana Caramanico (1998-2001)

972 Natasha Rezek (1991-93, 1994-96)

933 Jewel Clark (2001-04)

847 Kirsten Brendel (1988-91)

791 Jennifer Fleischer (2003-present)

749 Auretha Fleming (1981-84)

691 Diane DiBonaventuro (1978-82)

Penn Career Blocked Shots

194 Katarina Poulsen (1991-94)

114 Diana Caramanico (1998-2001)

110 Jennifer Fleischer (2003-present)

82 Jewel Clark (2001-04)

Penn Career Double-Doubles

65 Diana Caramanico (1998-2001)

43 Natasha Rezek (1991-93, 1994-96)

31 Kirsten Brendel (1988-91)

26 Carol Kuna (1977-80)

26 Vivian Machinski (1975-77)

25 Jewel Clark (2001-04)

23 Jennifer Fleischer (2003-present)

Thrown into the Fire - The Quakers’ intriguing six-member freshman class knew they would have the chance to have an immediate impact, and they have certainly had that opportunity so far - the rookies have contributed a combined 890 minutes of playing time. Kelly Scott has started six games this season and is third on the squad with 12 three-point FG’s made. Anca Popovici earned her first career start and helped Penn to its first Ivy League win at Columbia (Jan. 14), while Carrie Biemer is Penn’s third-best scorer in Ivy League play this year, averaging 6.6 points per game. She scored team-highs of 12 points at Cornell (Jan. 13) and 13 points at La Salle (Jan. 24). Freshman Maggie Burgess, Katarina Lackner and Maureen Mannion have also received significant playing time so far this season.

Next Time Out - Penn returns to action for Ivy League weekend No. 5, as it travels to Harvard on Friday, Feb. 24, and to Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 25. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m.