PHILADELPHIA--The University of Pennsylvania has announced its 2007-08 women’s basketball schedule. The schedule features 13 home games, two tournaments and the ever-challenging Big 5 and Ivy League slates.
The Quakers open the season at the Elon Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament where they will face Elon (Nov. 9) and William & Mary (Nov. 10). It is the first meeting for Penn and Elon, while the Quakers have faced The Tribe twice before, but not since 1990.
“I’m looking forward to our opening weekend,” said Head Coach Patrick Knapp. “There will be good games supporting a good cause. Any time we can help fundraise for the Coaches vs. Cancer foundation it is a good thing.”
Penn has four more new opponents on the schedule this seasonSt. Peter’s, Eastern Kentucky, High Point and Seton Hall.
After returning home, Penn will spend the remainder of November at The Palestra, hosting four regional games, including its first Big 5 contest. The home slate will start with Manhattan (Nov. 17), followed by Saint Joseph’s (Nov. 20), Loyola (Md.) (Nov. 25) and Rider (Nov. 28).
In December, the Red and Blue play two more Big 5 games (Dec. 1 at Villanova and Dec. 27 at Temple), host Lafayette (Dec. 5), and make the three-block trek to Drexel (Dec. 20).
The team’s final games of the 2007 calendar year will be played at the St. Peter’s Tournament in Jersey City, N.J., Dec. 29-30. On the first day of the tourney, the Quakers will face host school St. Peter’s while Eastern Kentucky takes on High Point. The winners will play for the tournament title while the defeated teams square off in a consolation game, Dec. 30.
“The tournament in New Jersey will be a good one,” said Knapp. “I expect all the teams to be very competitive, but in addition to the games, we’ve got a lot of current players and alumnae that are from the area, so there should be a good turnout of support, which is always appreciated.”
In 2007, Penn completes its Big 5 tour with a trip to La Salle (Jan. 7), then hosts Lehigh (Jan. 9) before opening the Ivies on the road at Princeton (Jan. 12).
The Quakers sneak in one more non-conference game at Seton Hall (Jan. 15) before diving into the bulk of the Ivy League schedule.
The Red and Blue alternate home and away nearly every weekend for the rest of the season. February brings two road weekends with Harvard and Dartmouth, Feb. 1-2 and Brown and Yale, Feb. 15-16. At home in February, The Palestra will see Columbia and Cornell, Feb. 8-9 and Dartmouth and Harvard, Feb. 22-23. Yale and Brown come to Philadelphia, Feb 29 and March 1.
The last road trip for the Quakers will be March 7-8 to Cornell and Columbia before heading home for the final meeting with Princeton, March 11.
Penn finished the 2006-07 season with a 12-15 overall record and tied for fourth place in the Ivy standings with an even 7-7 record.
Individual game ticket prices for the 2007-08 Penn women's basketball season are $5adults, $3 for youth and seniors and free for all Penn students with ID. For more information on women's basketball tickets, click here.