PHILADELPHIA - For the second straight season, Penn will take on Navy in search of its first win of the season. Last year, the Quakers were victorious on their home floor, but now they will be traveling to Alumni Hall—a place in which they have never won. Tip off on Sunday is at 2 p.m.
If you can make it to Annapolis, be sure to support your Quakers and a good cause. Admission is free if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Toys for Tots program. Also, for those coming to the game, no vehicles are allowed onto The Yard. You must park at the football stadium and take the shuttle bus to and from the arena.
Catching the Game
For those unable to attend, live video and live stats will be available at NavySports.com, while a full recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series
There is not a long history between these two teams. Navy and Penn have met just six times with the Midshipmen claiming victory in four of those games. However, in the lastest matchup—nearly a year ago to the day—the Quakers defeated Navy at The Palestra, 61-58 on Dec. 5, 2008. It was the first contest between the teams since 1997, while this year’s tilt will mark Penn’s first trip to Annapolis since 1996. The Quakers have never won in Alumni Hall, going 0-3 all-time.
About the Midshipmen
Navy won its first four games, but has dropped three of five since then. The Midshipmen have split their first two home games and are coming off a close loss to UMBC on Wednesday. Navy sports the best defense in the Patriot League, allowing just 55.0 points per game and holding opponents to just 34 percent shooting. On offense, the Midshipmen lead the league in made threes and free throw percentage. They are slightly outrebounded by an average of just one per game. The Midshipmen are led by Cassie Consedine (13.3 ppg) and Angela Myers (11.0 ppg). Consedine also leads the team in rebounding (9.1 pg) and blocked shots (12), and is the teams top three-point shooter at a 40.6 percent clip this season. Myers’ 29 assists and 14 steals are tops among her teammates.
If you followed the Quakers last season, this may seem familiar. The Red and Blue started the 2008-09 campaign with an identical 0-6 record. That team also played Navy in its seventh game, coming out victorious for the first time that season. Last year's Quakers then went on to win three of the last four in December and were 3-7 heading into the New Year.
More Penn Trends
Penn’s opponents have taken 108 threes (18.0 pg) in the first six games ... Penn has won the last four games in which it was leading at the half ... Penn has lost the last five games in which they have allowed 60 or more points ... Three different players have led the team in scoring and four different players have led the team in rebounding in the first six games.
Last Time Out
A strong second half comeback fell short for Penn at The Palestra Wednesday night as Lafayette held on for the win, 62-56. The Quakers got off to a great start. Though the Leopards took a preliminary 6-4 lead at the 17:26 mark, Penn went on a 9-0 run for its largest lead of the season. Bucar sandwiched a layup between two three-pointers and gave Penn a 13-6 lead with 14:17 to go in the half. Lafayette chipped away at the Penn advantage, tying the game at 15-15 at the nine-minute mark. A jumper from Kim Adams and a put-back by Bucar were the only field goals the Red and Blue could muster the rest of the half. Lafayette closed out the first 20 minutes on a 15-6 run, including the final six points, for a 30-21 edge at intermission. Lafayette’s lead grew to 39-25 six minutes into the half and was 43-29 near the midway point. But Penn wouldn’t go down without a fight. Bucar and Knapp both made a free throw apiece, then Bucar scored two of her career-high 25 points on a layup to close the deficit to 10. A jumper by Caroline Nicholson got the Lafayette lead into single digits. On the next possession, the Leopards hit a three to go up 46-35 with 8:20 to play, but Penn went on another quick run, scoring eight straight points. Bucar had back-to-back buckets to cap the streak and pull Penn within 46-43 with 6:37 to play. However, Lafayette scored seven straight to regain momentum and held on from there. Penn got the defecit down to 56-51 with a minute remaining and forced a turnover. But the Quakers turned the ball over themselves and the Leopards kept the Quakers at bay, making all six of their free throws down the stretch.
The Quakers close out their pre-holiday schedule with a game at The Palestra against Rider on Dec. 12. Penn will then have a 16-day break between games before resuming play on Dec. 29 at home against Mount St. Mary’s.
Download: 12-6-09 Navy.pdf