PHILADELPHIA - For the third time in five days, Penn hits the hardwood. The Quakers have been impressive in the first two outings, capturing their first win and nearly pulling off a comeback in an overtime loss. Now, Penn looks to close out the stretch with its second straight win.
Catching the Game
Links for live video and live stats are available above. A full recap and box score from Hamilton, N.Y. will be posted on PennAthletics.com shortly after the game’s conclusion.
In the Series
Penn and Colgate have met just twice before with the Quakers taking both games. The team’s last met in 1987 with the Quakers winning at The Palestra 77-67 on Jan. 18. In the only game played in Hamilton, N.Y., Penn won by eight, 75-67 on Feb. 8, 1985.
About the Raiders
Colgate is coming off a season in which it won just one of its 30 games. However, they have already double that win total this season. After dropping the first three games of the season, the Raiders got in the win column against St. Francis (N.Y.) - a future opponent for the Quakers (Dec. 31) - and won two out of three when they picked up a victory over Albany just four days later. Since, they have dropped three games, with one coming in overtime. Colgate has had the same starters in each of its nine games. The Raiders are a young squad, starting two freshman, two sophomores and just one senior. They are led by sophomore guard Sami Koslowski’s 11.3 points per game. She also has a team high 27 assists (3.0 per game), but freshman Candice Green is not to far behind in that category with 19 assists (2.1 per game). Freshman Patricia Oakes, a foward, is second on the team with an average of 9.1 points per game.
Ely from Three
Freshman Sara Ely was a key part of the Quakers’ most accurate performance from beyond the three-point line this season. She hit half of her four attempts from beyond the arc in a career-high 22 minutes.
Quakers from Three
Penn as a team made 8-of-15 (53.3%) three-point attempts Friday. Senior Carrie Biemer and junior Sarah Bucar combined to go 6-of-7. It was the team’s best performance from that range since going 7-for-12 (58.3%) vs. Yale on Dec. 29, 2008.
Senior Anca Popovici’s 61 consecutive-starts streak came to an end Wednesday ... Senior Carrie Biemer has scored more than 20 points in each of the last two games ... Penn has had three different starting lineups in six games ... Through the first seven games, three different players have led Penn in scoring at least once and four different players have led the team in rebounding at least once.
Biemer in Double Digits
You can almost surely expect to see senior Carrie Biemer score in double digits tonight. She has done so in 20 straight games. The last time she was held under the 10-point mark was Jan. 15, 2008 against Seton Hall. She leads the team in scoring this season with 13.8 ppg.
Last Time Out
Junior Sarah Bucar hit some big shots down the stretch, including the game-winner, to push Penn to a 61-58 win over Navy Friday afternoon from The Palestra. With the sun shining into the historic arena during the matinee matchup, Navy nearly ran away with the game early on, but it was Bucar and the Quakers who struck the final blows. Penn led by as many as nine and held a 55-49 advantage at the final media timeout, but Navy chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 58-58 in the final minute. Bucar took control from there, going coast-to-coast for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning layup with 21 seconds left in the game. Navy’s chance to tie ended when Bucar dove on the floor for the rebound with four seconds left. Early on, the Midshipmen were in control, scoring 10 of the game’s first 11 points. They held a 16-6 advantage at the 8:36 mark before Penn made its run. The Quakers outscored Navy 16-5 the rest of the half. Senior Carrie Biemer and freshman Sara Ely each had threes during that stretch to bring the Quakers back within striking distance. Down three with just under two minutes remaining in the first, senior forward Katarina Lackner made two consecutive buckets - the second of which danced around the rim as the buzzer sounded. When it finally dropped, Penn had the one-point edge going into the half, 22-21. The lead changed hands for much of the early part of the second half, but with Penn leading by one with 9:01 left, senior Carrie Biemer hit a three and two baskets from Bucar capped an 8-0 run that gave Penn a 48-39 lead at the seven minute mark.
Penn will have its longest break of the season with a 12-day cushion before its next game against city-rival Drexel on Friday, Dec 19. Tip-off against the Dragons is at noon.
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