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PHILADELPHIA - Its a big weekend for Penn Athletics and its no exception for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team as the Quakers open the 2010-11 season at The Palestra Friday night against Bryant. Tip is at 7 p.m.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at PennAthletics.com for both games. 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 PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
The Penn-Bryant Series
This will be the first meeting all-time between the Penn and Bryant women's basketball programs. The Bulldogs just moved to Division I in 2008-09 and joined the Northeast Conference at that time. The Bulldogs won't complete their transition from Division II and become eligible for Division I NCAA postseason competition until 2012-13.
Charge for a Cure!
The Penn women’s basketball team is dedicating its entire 2010-11 season in the fight against several diseases and they need your help. The team has started an initiative which they have coined the “Charge for a Cure” program. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program – ALS, Lupus, Parkinson’s Disease, Breast Cancer, and Cystic Fibrosis. The team is turning to itsfans to lend a hand in its efforts. For more information and to donate to "Charge for a Cure," click here.
Big Week for Penn Athletics
In addition to the home and season openers for Penn's men's and women's basketball programs, there is a lot going on around campus this weekend. The men's soccer team hosts Harvard Saturday at 5 p.m. with Ivy and NCAA implications, while the football team also hosts Harvard with the Ivy title on the line. Both swimming teams have their first home meets as well. Off campus, the women's soccer team plays in its NCAA Tournament game against Penn State on Friday in Morgantown, W. Va., and both cross country teams are at the NCAA Regionals. Meanwhile, volleyball looks to stay in first-place at Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend.
Junior Jess Knapp and seniors Caroline Nicholson and Jerin Smith were named the 2010-11 tri-captains for Penn on Oct. 26. Knapp started 25 games last year and led the 2009-10 Quakers in rebounding (6.8/game), made field goals (72) and blocked shots (40). Nicholson, a two-year letterwinner, started at center in 26 games last year and finished second on the team in blocks (24) while logging career highs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. Smith played in 27 games last year - she missed one due to injury - and started five of them. She finished second on the team in field goal percentage (38.8%) and rebounding (4.7/game), and scored in double digits six times.
A group of five incoming freshmen make up the Class of 2014. Alyssa Baron, Kristen Kody, Lauren Kraemer, Meghan McCullough and Courtney Wilson will join the Quakers for the 2010-11 season. The Class of 2014 - which consist of four guards, a forward and a center - hails from a total of five different states. They make up the very first recruiting class for second-year Head Coach Mike McLaughlin.
In addition to the three captains, junior Jourdan Banks returns after playing in 24 games last season, one year after missing her entire freshman campaign due to injury. She led the team in scoring in two games and finished third on the team in field goal percentage and blocks. Banks is joined by sophomore returnees Katie Davis and Brianna Bradford. Davis played in 10 games as a freshman, while Bradford saw time in 23 and led the team in scoring against Ivy rival Columbia on Feb. 26.
A New Familiar Face
Quaker fans may remember the name Erin Power. She started 22 games and played in all 28 as a sophomore in 2008-09. However, she took last season off to focus on her studies, but has since returned for her senior year. Two seasons ago, she led the team with 97 assists and led the Ivy League in assist-to-turnover ratio. She also led the team in rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and blocks that year as the Quakers finished fourth in the Ivy League.
Penn Picked to Finish Eighth
Prognosticators proved not to be too confident in the Quakers. The Ivy League Preseason Media Poll was released on Oct. 27 and the Quakers were picked to finish eighth in league play this season. The preseason poll features a select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. Princeton, the defending Ivy League champions, was picked to finish first with 16 of the 17 first-place votes and 135 points. They were followed by Harvard, which received the other first-place vote and 115 points. Penn received 19 points in the poll. Dartmouth was picked to finish third with 96 points, followed by Yale (84), Columbia (73), Brown (50) and Cornell (39).
On the Slate
In addition to the traditional 14 Ivy League games and five City Six matchups, the Quakers will play four games against teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last season. The non-conference schedule features home games against Niagara (11/30) and Maine (12/10) - two teams the Red and Blue have never hosted. All four of the Big 5 opponents - St. Joseph’s (12/7), Villanova (1/12), LaSalle (1/19) and NCAA Tournament qualifier Temple (1/22) - will visit the Palestra. Temple made it to the Second Round of the tourney as an 8-seed before getting eliminated by eventual undefeated national champion Connecticut Huskies. The non-conference road contests are highlighted by a road game at ACC powerhouse Virginia (1/16) and a trip to West Point, N.Y., to play Army (12/4). The team will then sandwich a pair of road games between New Years Day at St. Francis N.Y. (12/29) and Lafayette (1/2).
Following the season and home opener against the Bulldogs, the Quakers hit the road for the first time this season. It will also be their shortest trip of the year as they will literally walk to the opposing gymnasium. The Red and Blue will take the three-block trip up 33rd street to take on University City rival Drexel at 7 p.m. inside the Daskalakis Athletic Center.