Quakers Look for Big Bounce Back Against Big Green

Game 18
Penn (10-7, 3-1 Ivy)vs.
Harvard(8-8.4-0 Ivy)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Feb. 5, 2005
Dartmouth 31, Penn 19
Broadcast: LIVE on www.pennathletics.com - Brian Seltzer (play-by-play); Mikaelyn Austin (color analysis)

Game Notes:
Game 18 - Penn vs. Dartmouth

The Game - This game is beginning to become quite a rivalry as the last two knocked Dartmouth out of the ranks of unbeaten and out of the Ivy title race, respectively. Penn has won the last five meetings but the Big Green has the best record in the Ancient Eight at 3-0 and the returning Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Elise Morrison.

The Series - This is the 41st meeting between Penn and Dartmouth with the Big Green holding a 31-19 advantage. Penn has had Dartmouth’s number as of late, winning the last five contests heading into Saturday night. The Quakers swept their Ivy opponent en route to both Ivy League championships, outscoring the Big Green, 72.3-62.3 in those four contests.

Last Season’s Meetings - Last season, the Quakers came into both meetings with Dartmouth fresh off Ivy League wins on the road. Both games had huge championship implications and both games were decided by more than 10 points. The Red and Blue held halftim leads of five and nine points en route to 13 and 17-point victories.

Last Time on the Floor - Penn suffered its first loss in 52 days with a defeat at the hands of Harvard, 54-51, on Feb. 4. Prior to this loss, the Quakers had rattled off seven-straight wins. Jennifer Fleischer recorded her fourth 16-rebound game of the season, missing a double-double by one point. Karen Habrukowich swiped a career-high four steals and Amanda Kammes pulled down a career-best six rebounds. The Crimson forced 18 Penn turnovers, which resulted in 23 points (42.6 percent of Harvard’s point total).

Sixth Woman of the Year - Joey Rhoads is Penn’s leader off the bench, averaging 8.8 points per game. The sophomore guard has seven games with 10 or more points this season and has recorded a season-high 16 points twice.

Big Numbers against the Big Green - A couple of Quakers amassed quality numbers against Dartmouth last season. Jennifer Fleischer registered 24 rebounds (12.0) and 19 points (9.5) in the two meetings, while Amanda Kammes dished out a combined 12 assists, a career-matching 10 of which came in the two team’s meeting in Hanover, N.H., a 71-58 Penn victory.

Almost there - Jennifer Fleischer is .2 points per game from averaging a double-double for the season. Her 16 boards against Harvard gives her a 10.0 rebound per game average, making her the only Ivy Leaguer to average double-digits on the glass.

Forty-Something - The Quakers have three starters shooting 40 percent or better from beyond the arc. Cat Makarewich leads the team and the Ancient Eight at 50.0 percent (23-for-46), followed by Karen Habrukowich at 43.6 percent (34-for-78) and Monica Naltner at 40.0 percent (4-for-10). Kimberly Franklin and Lauren Pears lead in three-point percentage off the bench with 50.0 (1-for-2) and 43.8 (7-for-16) percent, respectively.

Among the Best - Penn boasts some of the League’s best individual performers heading into this weekend’s tilts with Harvard and Dartmouth. Five Quakers rank in the top-10 in eight statistical categories heading into the week. Jennifer Fleischer leads the League in rebounding with 9.5 boards per game, also ranking 33rd in the nation. Fleischer also ranks third in blocks with 1.3 per game. Cat Makarewich leads the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (52.4), while Karen Habrukowich ranks fourth (46.4). Habrukowich also ranks fifth in three-point field goals per game (2.0) and ninth in field goal percentage (42.7). Makarewich is 10th in three-pointers per game with 1.4. Amanda Kammes is the League’s fifth-best assist machine with 3.7 per contest, while also ranking 3rd in assist/turnover ratio (1.86) and 10th in blocks per game (0.6). Monica Naltner is third in the Ivy League in free-throw percentage at 81.6 (31-for-38).

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 Green - With eight Ivy League championships and four NCAA tournament appearances, Dartmouth College head women's basketball coach Chris Wielgus has established herself as one of the nation's elite coaches. Sixteen games into her 20th season (1976-84, 1993-present) as the head coach of the Big Green, Wielgus has solidified her reputation as one of the top women's basketball strategists in the country. Wielgus is the winningest coach in the illustrious history of Dartmouth College, amassing a stellar record of 283-209 in Hanover, N.H.. In over 20 years as a head coach, Wielgus sports a 320-230 overall record.

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. 17). Ivy League — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24). Penn Student-Athlete of the Week — Monica Naltner (Dec. 12); Karen Habrukowich (Jan. 24).

Never Shy - Three teams that have appeared on Penn’s schedule this season are ranked in the Top-25. Ohio State is No. 2 in the AP and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, while Maryland appears at No. 20 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. Temple holds the No. 22 spot in both polls. The Quakers ended the non-conference schedule with a 7-6 record.

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. 18 vs. Brown. Calling tonight’s game against Dartmouth will be Brian Seltzer with the play-by-play and former Quaker Mikaelyn Austin (C’04) with analysis.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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