PHILADELPHIA - Back on the road again, the Quakers will take their longest trip of the year when they head to Hanover, N.H., and Cambridge, Mass., this weekend. The Red and Blue return to the site of their lone Ivy win from a year ago on Friday night against Dartmouth at 7 p.m., and then take on first-place Harvard on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at DartmouthSports.com on Friday, and video and live stats will be available at GoCrimson.com on Saturday. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series vs. Dartmouth and Harvard
Penn broke a five-game skid to Dartmouth with a win in Hanover last March. Overall, the Big Green have won 41 of the 63 all-time, including 10 of the last 12. The Quakers have traditionally struggled in Hanover, winning just eight times there since the series began in 1979. Harvard has been equally tough, claiming victory in 44 of the 65 meetings. Penn has lost 17 of 18, including the last 13 to the Crimson, dating back to a win in Lavietes Pavilion on Feb. 6, 2004. Since the series began in 1977, the Red and Blue have won just eight times in Cambridge.
About the Big Green
Following a 3-4 start, Dartmouth has deopped nine of its last 10, which included seven road games and matchups with potential NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Kansas State and Hartford. In their only common game, Dartmouth and Penn both beat Bryant. Dartmouth is last in the Ivy League in allowing 69.3 points per game, but have the second-best three-point defense and are tops in the Ivies in blocks and defensive rebounding. The Big Green are last in the league free throw percentage, but third in three-point percentage. Faziah Steen is the top scorer for the Big Green at 11.6 points per game. She is also third in the league in steals with 36 this season. Cassie Cooper is the team’s best rebounder at 6.2 per game, and Nicola Zimmer has a team-high 32 assists. Sasha Dosenko has an Ivy League-best 37 blocks this season.
About the Crimson
Harvard is riding a five-game winning streak. The Crimson are 5-1 oat home this season. They have two common opponents with the Quakers. Both teams beat Maine, but Harvard beat NJIT at home, while the Quakers lost at NJIT. Immovable object, meet unstoppable force. The best defense in the Ivy League takes on Harvard’s top offense (73.5 ppg). Harvard is No. 22 in the country in field goal percentage, while Penn is 22nd in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Harvard is second in the league in rebounding, assists and three-point shooting. Brogan Berry is second in the league behind Alyssa Baron in scoring at 14.1 per game. Victoria Lippert is fourth at 13.5 per game, Emma Markley is sixth at 12.8 per game. Berry leads the Ivies in assists (71), while Markley leads the team in rebounds and blocks.
No. 1 in the Nation
Of the 333 Division I women’s basketball programs, no team has allowed fewer points this season than the Quakers. Through 17 games, Penn has given up just 897 points. Princeton ranks second with 917 points allowed through 17 games. The Quakers are 10th in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 52.8 points per game. Fairfield leads the nation at 48.1 ppg, while No. 2 UConn is allowing 49.3 ppg. Penn also ranks 22nd out of 333 in field goal percentage defense. The Red and Blue have held the opposition to 35.1 percent shooting this season. No. 1-ranked Baylor leads the nation in this category at 30.9 percent, followed by No. 2 UConn and No. 3 Stanford.
With seven wins this season, the Quakers have already amassed the fourth-best turnaround in school history. Penn won just two games in 2009-10, but has five more wins than that through 17 games in 2010-11. On only three other occassions has the program seen a better turnaround in one year. The 2006-07 team won seven more games than the 2005-06 team to tie the school record set by the 1997-98 team. Penn is three wins from breaking that mark.
First Year Wins Second Year Wins Win Diff.
2005-06 5 2006-07 12 +7
1996-97 6 1997-98 13 +7
1998-99 12 1999-2000 18 +6
2009-10 2 2010-11 7 +5
1973-74 8 1974-75 13 +5
1988-89 5 1989-90 10 +5
1989-80 10 1990-91 15 +5
Brown Victory Notables
Largest margin of victory at Brown in Penn history (it topped a 16-point win at the Pizzitola Sports Center in 2007) and the largest over the Bears since an 82-58 win at The Palestra on Feb. 28, 2003 ... Brown’s 32 points were the fewest ever allowed by the Quakers in 67 all-time meetings between the schools ... It was the largest win for Penn over an Ivy opponent since a 76-56 win at Yale on Feb. 21, 2004 (Penn won the Ivy title that season) ... Penn had gone 0-3 in Ivy play each of the last three seasons.
Penn has allowed just one opponent to reach 60 points in the last 10 games ... Penn has had the same starting lineup in 16 of 17 games (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... Freshman Alyssa Baron has led the team in scoring in 14 of 17 games ... Freshman Meghan McCullough has had at least one assist in every game of her career ... Penn has lost the last 22 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 5-2 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.
Charge for a Cure! January: Fight Against Parkinson's
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.
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For the fifth time this season, freshman Alyssa Baron was awarded Ivy League Rookie of the Week status as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. Only one other Quaker has ever won more Rookie honors and only 12 players in the history of the Ivy League have won more Rookie of the Week honors. Penn’s Diana Caramanico holds the Ivy League record with 10 selections. Baron averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists during a 1-1 week for the Red and Blue.
Last Time Out
Behind a plethora of threes, Yale knocked off the Quakers, 53-44, at Lee Amphitheater on Friday night. But with another strong defensive effort Penn rebounded to beat Brown, 52-32, for its first Ivy win of the season Saturday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Freshman Alyssa Baron scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half to keep the Quakers in the game at Yale. The Bulldogs led by just one-point game at the half and Penn briefly held a 26-25 lead early in the second half, but with Yale leading 40-36 with seven to go, the Bulldogs scored five straight and never let the Quakers within a possession after that. On Saturday, the Quakers jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead, 30-17. But neither team scored in the first seven minutes of the second half. Brown broke the drought, but Penn proceeded to go on a game-deciding 17-2 run and led by as many as 25 points. The Bears scored eight straight to close to within 47-30, but the Red and Blue were never threatend in the final minutes.
For the first time this season, the Quakers will host an Ivy opponent at The Palestra. Penn played its first five Ivy games on the road this year and will finally get a chance to host next weekend when Cornell (Feb. 11) and Columbia (Feb. 12) come to Philadelphia. The Saturday matchup with the Lions is also Penn’s annual Pink Zone game. All proceeds from tickets, t-shirts and raffle sales will go toward the fight against breast cancer.
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