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PHILADELPHIA - Penn has alternated wins and losses through four games this season and is coming off an 11-point loss at NJIT on Saturday. Tuesday’s matinee matchup will be the first home game for the Quakers in nearly three weeks. Tip off from The Palestra is at 4:30 p.m.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at Video is available in HD on the Penn Sports Network. Dan Fritz and Ted Rawlings will call the action. A complete recap and box score can be found at shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Penn-Niagara Series
Penn has never met Niagara in women’s basketball. This marks the third matchup this season in which the Quakers have played an opponent for the first time in program history. Penn knocked off Bryant, 70-59, in the first meeting between those schools, but fell to NJIT, 74-63, in their first all-time metting.

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Last Game: 3
November Total: 12
Season Total: 12

Penn Trends
Penn has had the same starting lineup in all four games this season (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... The team winning at the half has won every Penn game this season ... The Quakers have won every game win which freshman Meghan McCullough has scored ... Penn has lost the last 20 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 3-2 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.

Keys to Victory?
In Penn’s four wins under Head Coach Mike McLaughlin: The Quakers led at the half ... They outrebounded their opponent ... They held their opponent under 30 percent from the field ... They allowed fewer than 60 points.

Rookie of the Week
For the second time in three weeks, freshman Alyssa Baron took home the Ivy League honor as Rookie of the Week on Monday. Baron scored 15 points in a win at Rider on Tuesday and had a career-best 20 at NJIT Saturday. The Gulliver Prep product finished the week 12-for-28 from the floor (42.9%), including 60 percent from three-point range (3-for-5). She also went 8-for-11 from the charity stripe (72.7%), grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists.

A Penn Win Would...
... mark the first 3-2 start since 2004-05.
... be the second in two games at home this season.
... eclipse last season’s win total and last season’s home win total.

A Penn Loss Would...
... mark the first-ever to Niagara in the first meeting between the programs.
... mean the Quakers are below .500 for the first time this season.
... mark the first two-game losing stretch of the year.
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out - L, 63-74 at NJIT
An extremely hot shooting NJIT team lit up the gym in the first half and didn’t let up in the second frame as the Quakers fell to the Highlanders, 74-63, Saturday afternoon at Fleisher Athletic Center in Newark, N.J. The Highlanders shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the opening half and finished at a 51-percent clip for the game. They hit from everywhere on the floor as only six of their 29 baskets came from inside the paint. Penn had the lead at 12-11 following a Baron lay-in, but the Highlanders got hot. They hit six of their next seven shots and went on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes to gain a 22-12 advantage with 7:48 to play in the opening half. Penn was within one, 30-29, when Jerin Smith powered her way for two with a little more than a minute to go in the half. But six straight points from the Highlanders gave them a 36-29 halftime edge. The hot shooting continued for NJIT to start the second half and the Highlanders built a double-digit lead within the first two minutes. The NJIT lead grew to as many as 15 with just more than seven minutes remaining, but Banks hit two free throws and a layup between a basket from Knapp and Penn was within 63-54 with 5:15 left. The momentum was short lived. NJIT scored nine of the next 11 points to go ahead 72-56 with 3:06 to play. Penn scored the next seven - five on free throws - but it was too late for the Red and Blue as NJIT held on for the 74-63 victory.

Up Next
Penn won two games in the month of November for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign and will have a chance to win its third on Tuesday so it may be hard to turn the calender. However, Penn will open up December at West Point where they take on Army. The Red and Blue then hosts Saint Joseph’s (Dec. 7) and Maine (Dec. 10) before the holiday break.

Download: NJIT.pdf