PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania three senior members of the women’s basketball team, Kasey Chambers, Jackie Falconer and Sydney Stipanovich, will serve as team captains of the 2016-17 season as announced by head coach Mike McLaughlin. The captains were selected by teammates and coaches and officially revealed on Tuesday, Oct. 18th.
“I am extremely proud to announce our three seniors: Jackie Falconer, Sydney Stipanovich, and Kasey Chambers as our captains for the 2016-17 season,” said McLaughlin. “Developing our players in leadership responsibilities is an absolute goal for our program, so to see that these three players have grown into great leaders makes us very proud.”
Chambers enters the season as a second-year captain after serving in the role last year. In her debut season for the Red and Blue in 2015-16, Chambers started all 29 contests and averaged 34.7 minutes per game, good for second overall in the conference in total minutes played. Chambers came to Penn after transferring from Monmouth University following the 2013-14 season.
Falconer enters the captain role in her senior year after seeing action in 27 games in 2015-16 where she helped the Quakers earn an Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Falconer has played in 49 games during her Penn career and helped the Quakers to three-straight postseason berths since her arrival in Philadelphia.
Stipanovich, also a second-year captain, has been tabbed as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year in each of her three seasons with the Quakers. In 2015-16 she earned the prestigious distinction of being the first player in conference history to earn Ivy League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season. A two-time unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, the St. Louis, Mo., native ranks first in the Penn record books as the all-time career leader in blocks with 262 to her credit.
"All three of them, each in their own individual ways and collectively as a class, have made a major impact on the Penn Women’s Basketball program,” continued McLaughlin. “To get to your senior year and to be wholeheartedly chosen by their peers as the leaders of our team is the ultimate reward for all of their handwork and dedication to the program. I am excited to see them lead our team as mentors and role models throughout the season."
In total, the Red and Blue return 11 letterwinners, five starters and three All-Ivy honorees from a team that reached the postseason for the fourth-straight season. The Quakers were 24-5 last year, including 13-1 in Ivy play, and earned an Ivy League title and NCAA Tournament berth. The Quakers were also first in the Ivies in RPI and ranked in the top 100 in the nation in strength of schedule.
Fans will be able to get their first glimpse of the Quakers at the annual Red and Blue Scrimmage, featuring both the men’s and women’s teams, on Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Palestra. The defending Ivy League champion women’s team will play their intrasquad scrimmage that day at noon, followed by the men at 1:30 p.m. ahead of Quakers season-opener at Duke slated for Nov. 13.