Women's Basketball Announces 2008-09 Schedule

PHILADELPHIA – Less than two months from now, the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team will tip off the 2008-09 campaign. With five games against teams that qualified for the postseason last year, and the year-long playoff that is the Ivy schedule, it will certainly be a difficult slate for the Quakers.

“Our schedule overall is challenging as usual,” said head coach Patrick Knapp. “We know there are going to be challenges up and down the calendar. We can’t pinpoint one weekend as being tougher than the others because they’re all tough.”

Penn opens the season on the road for the third straight year with an intrastate trip to Lehigh; the Quakers are scheduled to tip off with the Mountain Hawks on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Penn then returns for its home opener Nov. 19 against Big 5 rival Villanova.

After a trip to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne on Nov. 22, the Quakers will wrap around the Thanksgiving holiday with a home contest vs. Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and the team’s first trip outside Pennsylvania against Mt. St. Mary’s of Emmitsburg, Md. on Saturday, Nov. 29.

The non-conference schedule also features home games against Navy (Dec. 5), Drexel (Dec. 19), Temple (Jan. 2), La Salle (Jan. 5) and Seton Hall (Jan. 26), and road contests at Lafayette (Dec. 3), Colgate (Dec. 7), St. Francis (N.Y.) (Dec. 31), and Rider (Jan. 13).

“I believe we play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the Ivy League,” Knapp said. “And this looks like the most competitive Ivy (schedule) in years. The programs at the top are not losing much, and those near the bottom are getting better and better.”

Penn’s Ivy schedule opens in Princeton on Jan. 10 – a team the Quakers split two games with last season. The home Ivy schedule begins with a pair of games against two of last season’s three Ivy League champions, Harvard (Jan. 30) and Dartmouth (Jan. 31).

After hosting Brown (Feb. 13) and Yale (Feb. 14), the Quakers hit one of the toughest parts of their schedule. With four straight road Ivy games, Penn does not return to The Palestra for nearly three full weeks.

However, the Quakers will end the season with three straight games at The Palestra. Over a five-day span, Cornell, Columbia and Princeton will come to Philadelphia in succession to cap off Penn’s regular-season slate.

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME

Fri

11/14

Lehigh

Bethlehem, Pa.

7 p.m.

Wed

11/19

Villanova

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Sat

11/22

Duquesne

Pittsburgh, Pa.

2 p.m.

Tues

11/25

Saint Joseph’s

The Palestra

TBA

Sat

11/29

Mt. St. Mary’s

Emmitsburg, Md.

1 p.m.

Wed

12/3

Lafayette

Easton, Pa.

7 p.m.

Fri

12/5

Navy

The Palestra

TBA

Sun

12/7

Colgate

Hampton, N.Y.

2 p.m.

Fri

12/19

Drexel

The Palestra

Noon

Wed

12/31

St. Francis (N.Y.)

Brooklyn, N.Y.

2 p.m.

Fri

1/2

Temple

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Mon

1/5

La Salle

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Sat

1/10

Princeton*

Princeton, N.J.

6 p.m.

Tues

1/13

Rider

Lawrenceville, N.J.

7 p.m.

Mon

1/26

Seton Hall

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Fri

1/30

Harvard*

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Sat

1/31

Dartmouth*

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Fri

2/6

Columbia*

New York, N.Y.

7 p.m.

Sat

2/7

Cornell*

Ithaca, N.Y.

7 p.m.

Fri

2/13

Brown*

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Sat

2/14

Yale*

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Fri

2/20

Dartmouth*

Hanover, N.H.

7 p.m.

Sat

2/21

Harvard*

Boston, Mass.

6 p.m.

Fri

2/27

Yale*

New Haven, Conn.

7 p.m.

Sat

2/28

Brown*

Providence, R.I.

7 p.m.

Fri

3/6

Cornell*

The Palestra

7 p.m.

Sat

3/7

Columbia*

The Palestra

8 p.m.

Tues

3/10

Princeton*

The Palestra

TBA

* = Ivy League game