Quakers to Bid Farewell to Seniors in Final Home Weekend

Yale-Brown Game Notes in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA -With the 2005-06 season slowly coming to an end, the Quakers are eager to end their home slate on a good note with games against Yale and Brown at The Palestra.

Penn (4-20, 2-9 Ivy) has dropped three straight since defeating Columbia on Feb. 17. The Quakers lost both games of the Harvard-Dartmouth road trip last weekend.

On Friday evening, the team will try to avenge one of its toughest losses of the year against Yale (3-22, 2-10 Ivy). In their last meeting on Feb. 4, the Bulldogs erased a 20-point Quaker lead in the second half and won the game on an Erica Davis jump shot with under seven seconds left. Yale picked up its third win of the season last weekend against Cornell, 64-57, led by Chinenye Okafor’s 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

Brown (17-8, 11-1 Ivy) comes into Saturday’s game with much at stake - it will be their regular season finale and a win could put them in good position to win the Ivy League championship. The Bears have won nine straight since a loss at Dartmouth way back on Jan. 27.

Farewell, Seniors - Saturday night’s game against Brown will mark the final time that seniors Jennifer Fleischer, Henley Hansen and Rachel Wilson will play in front of their home fans at The Palestra. The three have put together exceptional careers in their own unique ways: Fleischer has rewritten the Penn record books with her rebounding and shot-blocking ability; Wilson has overcome injury to eventually become a consistent starter as a senior; Hansen, while not adding as many contributions on the court, has provided the team with leadership and was rewarded this season when she was named one of the team’s three captains. Here are some facts about this year’s graduating class:

• The three have combined for a 51-55 overall record in the last four years (47-35 before this season).

• All were sophomores on Penn’s 2004 Ivy League Championship team, with Fleischer starting all 26 games while averaging 8.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

• They have logged a combined 2,666 minutes for the Quakers entering the weekend.

The Series with Yale - Penn will take on the Bulldogs for the 59th time on Friday night in a series that began in 1974. With Yale’s comeback win over Penn on Feb. 4 of this year, the series is now nodded at 29-29. The teams split their two games last season while the Quakers swept both games in 2003-04.

The Series with Brown - Penn and Brown will meet for the 58th time on Saturday evening in a series that also began in 1974. The Bears hold a 30-27 lead in the series and have won three of the last four games over the Quakers.

Quaker Note-Meal - Senior center Jennifer Fleischer trails Quaker-great Kirsten Brendel by 18 rebounds for fourth-place on Penn’s all-time list ... Fleischer leads the Ivy League with 10.0 boards per game and is the only player averaging double-digits ... Joey Rhoads is second in the league in free-throw percentage at 85.1 and is fifth in assists per game at 3.5.

Next Time Out - Penn closes out the 2005-06 season on the road at Ivy rival Princeton on March 7. Tip-off is slated for 6:15 p.m., at Jadwin Gym.

Download: WBB Notes vs. Yale-Brown.pdf