PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team (1-3) returns to action following the Thanksgiving holiday with two games this week on the road: at Lafayette on Wednesday and at Wagner on Saturday. Wednesday’s contest is set for 6 p.m. in Easton, Pa. while the Seahawks and Quakers will square off at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Staten Island, N.Y.
In the Series vs. Lafayette: 40th Meeting
Wednesday’s contest marks the 40th meeting between the Quakers and Leopards with Lafayette holding the upper hand in the all-time series at 20-19. Penn has won three out of the last four meetings including last year’s edition of the rivalry, 54-37.
In the Series vs. Wagner: Second Meeting
Saturday’s contest against the Seahawks marks just the second meeting between the two schools after the rivalry began during the 2015-16 season. The Quakers posted a 78-50 win at The Palestra on Dec. 21st last year, while Wagner will host the 2016-17 edition in Staten Island.
Catching the Games
Fans can watch Wednesday’s game on GoLeopards.com Live twitter updates will also be available (@PennWBB). A complete recap, box score and highlights can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game. Live video and stats for Saturday’s game will be on www.wagnerathletics.com.
Last Time Out: L, 57-53 vs. Saint Joseph’s; Philadelphia, Pa.
- The University of Pennsylvania came back from a 12-point deficit and made it a one possession game with 33 seconds to play but couldn’t overcome the margin as Saint Joseph’s claimed a 57-53 victory over the Quakers on Tuesday night. Penn was held to just 33.3% shooting (17-of-51) for the contest while Saint Joseph’s closed at 45.5% (20-of-44) from the field.
The Quakers return home to The Palestra on Wednesday, Dec. 7 for a 5:30 p.m. tip against Big 5 rival La Salle in what will be a double-header with the Quaker men’s basketball team, who tip-off at 8 p.m. following the women.
A Penn Win Would...
... be the 520th career victory for Coach McLaughlin and his 113th at Penn.
... make the Quakers 2-3 on the season, matching their 2014-15 start.
Sydney Stipanovich is currently ranked amongst the best in the NCAA in several statistical categories, including:
Defensive Rebounds per Game, 9th in NCAA (8)
Blocked Shots per Game, 8th in NCAA (3.5)
Rebounds per Game, 10th in NCAA (12.3)
*As a team, the Quakers are 7th in the NCAA in Blocked Shots per Game (7.3)
Ivy League Tidbits
Michelle Nwokedi currently ranks second in the Ivy League averaging 17.0 ppg, while Sydney Stipanovich sits in fifth at 14.5 ppg. Both Quakers are also in the top-4 in rebounding, combining for a total of 89 boards on the season through four games.
1. Teammates Michelle Nwokedi (82) and Sydney Stipanovich (76) combined for 158 blocks last year. That would rank 38th as a team in the NCAA—more than 306 teams, including every Ivy school (Princeton was closest with 118 as a team) in 2015-16.
2. This season, the duo have combined for 26 blocked shots - that currently ranks ahead of 287 TEAM TOTALS as of Nov. 28th and ties for 56th nationally if the duo were their own team.
Penn has made a three in every game dating back to a home loss to Harvard on Feb. 6, 2010—a span of 185 games.
Against the Patriot League & NEC
Under head coach Mike McLaughlin, the Quakers are 9-6 against Patriot League foes and 7-2 against opponents in the Northeast Conference since McLaughlin has been at the helm of the Red and Blue dating back to the 2009-10 season.