Women Take on Rider in Basketball Doubleheader Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - Much like the season opener, the next two games for the Quakers are against revamped opponents ready to avenge a loss to the Red and Blue last season. First up, undefeated Rider visits The Palestra at 3:30 p.m. in a Penn basketball doubleheader on Saturday. The Penn men follow the women’s game with a 7 p.m. tip against Robert Morris.

Catching the Game
Audio and live stats will be available at PennAthletics.com for each game. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series vs. Rider
Penn has won seven of the 10 all-time meetings between these two programs, including last year’s matchup at Rider. The Quakers’ 15-point win last season broke a two-game skid to the Broncs. The teams first met in 1982 when Rider claimed a 63-61 win at The Palestra. Since then, Penn has won three of the last four at home against the Broncs.

About the Broncs
Much like St. Francis (N.Y.), Rider is a much different team than the one the Quakers beat last year. The Broncs are 2-0 with a win over Lafayette in their home opener and a 20-point victory over Bucknell. In those two games, Rider is second in the MAAC with an average of 63.5 ppg. The Broncs have hit 33.3% of their threes - also good for second in the MAAC. Rider has been good from the free throw line with a team average of 73.5%. Sarah Homan leads the Broncs with an average of 14.0 ppg, while MyNeshia McKenzie, who went 0-for-10 against Penn last year, is averaging a double-double with 11.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Caitlin Bopp, who had 14 points in this matchup last season, averages 10.5 ppg. Ali Heller is 5-for-10 from three this year and Sironda Chambers has a team-high nine assists for the Broncs.

Halftime Deficit
With the youngest team in the Ivy League, the Quakers did not wilt when trailing by seven at halftime and nine in the second half in the season opener against St. Francis (N.Y.). In fact, the victory marked the largest halftime deficit Penn has overcome under head coach Mike McLaughlin. Entering the game, Penn was 1-37 when trailing at the half in the last two seasons (11-5 when leading). In addition, the nine-point deficit early in the second half was the largest overcome in a win for Penn since 2008-09.

Penn Trends
Penn has had a freshman in its starting lineup for in 29 straight games ... The Quakers had lost 26 straight games when allowing more than 60 points prior to Sunday ... With nine more points, Alyssa Baron will reach 500 for her career ... Senior Jourdan Banks set a career high with nine blocks in her first career start ... In all six Ivy wins under Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers have not allowed more than 49 points and have won each by at least 11 points (avg. margin of victory is 15.6 ppg).

Watching the Record Books
Senior Jess Knapp had four blocks in the season opener, including three in overtime while playing with four fouls. She now has 82 career blocks which tied Jewel Clark (2001-04) for fourth all-time at Penn. Knapp had 40 blocks in 2009-10—fifth-most in a single-season in school history. She then had 38 blocks last season (sixth in school history). She needed 22 entering this year to become just the fourth player in the history of the program with 100 career blocks.

Baron Picked as Inaugural Ivy Player of the Week
After earning seven Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards and a pair of Ivy League Player of the Week awards last season, Alyssa Baron has picked up right where she left off, earning the inaugural 2011-12 Ivy League Player of the Week honor Monday. In the season opener, the sophomore scored 27 points in a come-from-behind 70-61 overtime victory against St. Francis (N.Y.) at The Palestra on Sunday afternoon. For the game, Baron finished 10-of-24 from the field, including 3-of-7 from distance, to go with a 4-of-6 day at the free throw line. She also recorded four rebounds, two assists, a career-best two blocks, and a steal in her 41 minutes of playing time.

Charge for a Cure!
November: American Cancer Society
The women’s basketball team is again dedicating its entire season to the fight against several diseases and the team needs your help. Last season, the team started an initiative which they have coined the “Charge for a Cure” program. The team raised more than $4,000 through the initiative last year. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program—American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, the ALS Foundation, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This month, the Quakers will be taking charges for the American Cancer Society, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. For more information and to donate to "Charge for a Cure," click here.

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Last Time Out
In a game with 12 lead changes in the final 12 minutes of regulation, a youthful Penn team remained poised under pressure and found a way to win in overtime of its season opener. Behind a game-high 27 points from Alyssa Baron, the Quakers topped an improved St. Francis (N.Y.) team, 70-61, Sunday afternoon at The Palestra. The lead exchanged hands throughout the final minutes of regulation, but when the Quakers scored on the first possession of overtime, they never relinquished it again. Jess Knapp had seven of Penn’s first 10 points as the Quakers jumped out to an early 10-4 in the first six minutes. St. Francis took a 27-20 lead into intermission. Trailing 37-29, Baron hit a three to start a 10-2 run. The Terriers then led 54-51, but Penn tied the game with 2:30 left. St. Francis later responded with a bucket to regain the lead before Baron’s mid-range jumper gave it right back to Penn, 57-56, with 49.7 seconds left. The Terriers scored quickly to take the lead again, but Knapp was fouled with 18.7 remaining. She tied the game and the Quakers defense held on the final possession to force overtime.

Up Next
Penn has its first road game of the year with a trip to Big 5 rival La Salle on Tuesday. Following that game, Penn has its first real road trip of the year with a long bus trip to Niagara Falls, N.Y. The Quakers tip at 2 p.m., against Niagara on Sunday, Nov. 27.

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