Second Half of Ivy Season Begins With Brown

Game 21
Penn (12-8, 5-2 Ivy)vs.Brown(14-7,6-2 Ivy)
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
Feb. 18, 2005
Penn 28, Brown 28

Game Notes: Game 21 - Penn v. Brown

The Game - This game has serious implications on the standings as the Bears stand alone in second with a 6-2 League mark, while Penn is tied with Harvard at 5-2. The Quakers swept through last weekend on the round, defeating Columbia, 63-51, and hanging on against Cornell, 51-50. Brown had a chance to shake up the standings as it traveled to Harvard and Dartmouth. The Bears mauled the Crimson, 78-63, to give Harvard two League losses. Brown fell to Dartmouth by the same margin, losing, 63-48, at Leede Arena. It allowed the Big Green to remain undefeated and dropped the Bears back to second place.

The Series - Penn will be looking to sweep the season series with Brown for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Three years ago, the Quakers defeated the Bears, 86-63, at the Pizzitola Center and followed that performance with a 72-66 victory at The Palestra. Just like that season, Penn and Brown first sqaured off at the Pizzitola Center and just like 2001-02, Penn is coming off an Ivy championship year. The Red and Blue have captured the sweep in the two-game season series six times and Brown has accomplished this feat eight times with the last sweep of Penn coming in the 1998-99 season.

Last Meeting - The last meeting between Penn and Brown proved to foreshadow the next five League games for the Quakers. Excluding a pair of double-digit wins over Yale and Columbia, Penn’s Ancient Eight contests have been decided by four, two, , three, two and one point, respectively. Penn and Brown’s first meeting started the trend, resulting in a 47-43 Red and Blue victory. Jennifer Fleischer put her team up by two on a put back with 22 seconds remaining and Monica Naltner sealed the win with a pair of free throws at the end.

Last Time on the Floor - The Quakers found a way to win again as Penn held on to defeat Cornell, 51-50. The Red and Blue held a 16-point with 14 minutes remaining but suffered a scoring that drought that lasted almost nine minutes and allowed the Big Red to close to within one point on five occasions beforing pulling out the win. Jennifer Fleischer was instrumental in the win, grabbing 21 rebounds and scoring 13 points for her eighth double-double of the season. Monica Naltner also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Show the Love - Jennifer Fleischer was presented with a pair of gifts this past Valentine’s Day as the junior center was named the Ivy League and Big 5 Player of the Week on Feb. 14. Fleischer averaged 19.0 points and 20.0 rebounds in a pair of wins last weekend. She scored a career-high 25 points against Columbia and corralled a career-high 21 rebounds, the fourth-most in a Penn women’s basketball game, against Cornell. Fleischer is now averaging 11.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

Nationally known - The Penn women’s basketball team has continually been atop the national rankings in field-goal percentage defense and three-point field-goal percentage. The Quakers are currently holding opponents to 35.5 percent shooting (17th) and boast a 38.0 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (15th). Individually, Jennifer Fleischer and her 11.1 rebounds per game ranks ninth in the nation, while Karen Habrukowich ranks 18th in the country with a 42.9 percent three-point shooting percentage.

Time to Shine - Sophomore forward Monica Naltner has had many shining moments this season and she added another ina 51-50 win at Cornell on Feb. 12. Naltner recorded her first-career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Naltner has had nine double-digit scoring games in her career but this was the first with double-digit rebounds.

Touch of Gray - Ashley Gray came off the bench and was a huge contributor to Penn in its one-point win over Cornell. The sophomore forward grabbed a career-high five rebounds while also scoring three points. Gray registered all of her points at the foul line as she went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe.

1,100 + 4 = 7th - If you do the math, Karen Habrukowich needs just four points to move into seventh on the all-time scoring list at Penn. Her 13 points against Cornell on Feb. 12 allowed her to become only the eighth Quaker to score 1,100 career points in Penn women’s hoops history.

Smile As You Pass By - Jennifer Fleischer will pass former teammate Jewel Clark on the Penn all-time blocks list with 5 more swats. Fleischer is averaging 1.45 blocks per game, third in the Ivy League, and recorded four rejections against Cornell on Feb. 12.

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 Brown - Jean Marie Burr is in her 17th year at the helm of the Brown women's basketball program, boasting a 239-206 (.537) record with the Bears. The winningest coach in Brown basketball history (men's and women's), Burr has compiled 13 winning Ivy League seasons, including three consecutive League Titles from 1991-94. In 1994, Brown made Ivy League history as it was the first team in the conference to appearance in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

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); Jennifer Fleischer (Feb. 14). Ivy League — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24); Jennifer Fleischer (Feb. 14). Penn Student-Athlete of the Week — Monica Naltner (Dec. 12); Karen Habrukowich (Jan. 24).

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 The next game that will be broadcast will be on Feb. 19 vs. Yale.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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