Women’s Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule

PHILADELPHIA – On the heels of a NCAA Tournament berth, an Ivy League Championship and their third-consecutive 20-win season, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team has set up a challenging slate for 2016-17. Entering his eighth season, head coach Mike McLaughlin officially announced the team's schedule on Wednesday. 

The Ivy League has proven to be one of the toughest conferences in the country, and therefore our goal every year is to best prepare ourselves for that challenge,” said McLaughlin. “Our non-league schedule will be a great test, but will certainly serve us well for Ivy weekends.”

The Quakers were first in the Ivies in RPI last year and ranked in the top 100 in the nation in strength of schedule, and also secured their highest seed in program history for the NCAA Tournament. The 2016-17 slate looks to be another strong one for the Quakers as they return three All-Ivy honorees and all five starters from last season.

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Non-Conference Schedule...
AT DUKE (Sunday, Nov. 13): Penn’s second trip to Durham in program history and the first since 1984… The Quakers hosted Duke in 2015 at The Palestra while the Blue Devils missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

BINGHAMTON (Wednesday, Nov. 16): This will be the first meeting between the two programs… The Bearcats mark the Quakers home opener at The Palestra.

AT RHODE ISLAND (Friday, Nov. 18): The two teams meet for the first time in Kingston, R.I… Rhode Island advanced to the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament last season.

ST. JOSEPH’S (Tuesday, Nov. 22): The Hawks open the Big 5 series for the Quakers at The Palestra in the 41st meeting all-time between the two sides... St. Joseph’s claimed the 2015 meeting but Penn earned a 66-51 win in 2014 at The Palestra.

AT LAFAYETTE (Wednesday, Nov. 30): The two teams match up for the 40th time… Lafayette leads the all-time series 20-19 but the Quakers have claimed three of the last four meetings, including a 54-37 win at home last season.

AT WAGNER (Saturday, Dec. 3): Just the second meeting between the two programs after a first-time matchup in 2015… Penn registered a decisive 78-50 win at The Palestra last season against the Seahawks.

LA SALLE (Wednesday, Dec. 7): This is the 44th meeting between these Big 5 rivals, with La Salle leading the all-time series, 33-10 ... The Red and Blue have won five of the last six, however, including a 78-68 win last season.

AT RICHMOND (Saturday, Dec. 10): The Quakers will visit Richmond for the seventh meeting all-time between the two sides… The Spiders and Quakers last met in 2015 with the Red and Blue claiming a 49-47 win at The Palestra.

AT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (Saturday, Dec. 31): The Matadors and Quakers will match up for the first time when Penn travels to California over winter break.

AT UC RIVERSIDE (Monday, Jan. 2): The Quakers and Highlanders meet for the first time in program history, marking the third of four opponents Penn will face for the first time in 2016-17… UC Riverside finished with a 23-9 record in the Big West and earned a WNIT berth.

VILLANOVA (Wednesday, Jan. 18): The 44th all-time meeting between the Wildcats and Quakers as part of the Big 5 slate of games… Villanova has topped Penn in the last 14 contests.

TEMPLE (Wednesday, Jan. 25): For the 48th time, the Quakers will square off against the Owls… Penn has won three of the last four meetings against Temple including a 60-54 win on the road in 2015.

STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECH. (Sunday, Jan. 29): The fourth opponent in 2016-17 the Quakers will face for the first time in program history… Stevens notched a 23-7 overall record last season.

The Ivy League Weekends...
January 13/14 – Yale, Brown at The Palestra
*Penn swept this home weekend each of the last three years, splitting it the year before that.

February 3/4 –Harvard, Dartmouth at The Palestra

*Penn has swept this home weekend each of the last four years.

February 10/11 – at Columbia, at Cornell

*Penn split this road trip last season – beating Columbia - but swept three of the last four years.

February 17/18 – at Brown, at Yale
*Penn has swept this trip each of the last three years and four of the last five.

February 24/25 – Cornell, Columbia at The Palestra
*Penn swept this home weekend last year and has swept three of the last four seasons.

March 3/4 – at Dartmouth, at Harvard

*Penn swept this road trip last year for the second-straight season and split the series each of the three years prior.

The Princeton Rivalry...
Saturday, Jan. 7 at Princeton; Tuesday, March 7 at Penn
*As is tradition, the Tigers and Quakers will mark the first and last games of the Ivy League season. They will be the 79th and 80th meetings between the last two Ivy League champions.

A new tradition... the Ivy League Tournament
Saturday, Mar. 11 and Sunday, Mar. 12 at Penn

*This season will mark the first Ivy League Tournament in conference history. The top four teams from the regular season will qualify for the postseason event where the winner will earn the conference automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.