PHILADELPHIA - Seniors Renee Busch, Kara Bonenberger, Katy Allen and Kathleen Roche were officially announced as team captains for the defending Ivy League champion University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team on Tuesday.
Allen, who started 61 games over the last three seasons, missed the last six games of last season due to injury. She still grabbed her second set of Ivy League honors in December, adding Ivy League Player of the Week to an Ivy League Rookie of the Week win her freshman year. The Waukesha, Wisc., native put up double-digit points in five games last year, including the game-winning basket against Miami (FL) in the program’s first-ever win over an ACC team.
Roche comes off a year where she started all 29 games for the Ivy champions and put up career highs in points, rebounds, and three-pointers in a single game. The Quakers’ Most Improved Player in the 2011-2012 season has proved reliable behind the arc, and Penn was 9-0 last season in games where she put up multiple threes. Roche, a product of River Forest, Ill., is a .338 career three-point shooter and holds the program record for threes in a half (6).
Busch has played in all but two games over her first three seasons. The England native comes into the captaincy having already been named Penn’s Most Dedicated Player in the 2011-2012 season. Also a threat for three, Busch logged multiple three-pointers in seven games and led the team with a .406 shooting percentage from beyond the arc last season.
Bonenberger enters the 2014-15 season with 71 career starts and a number of awards to her name. A 2012-2013 second team All-Ivy and All-Big 5 winner, she was also the 2011-12 Big 5 Rookie of the Year. The Walnutport, Pa., native finished third in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.522), fourth in rebounding (6.5), sixth in blocks (25), and 10th in free throw percentage (.706).
On Oct. 28, the Quakers were part of the first-ever, first-place tie in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. Penn and Princeton each received 123 points as the Red and Blue were picked atop the poll for the first time in 14 years.
The Quakers return 10 letterwinners from last year's Ivy League championship team, but lose two starters, including the program's second all-time leading scorer. Penn's 22 wins last season matched the highest total in program history and the 12 Ivy victories tied the program’s second-highest total.
The Quakers will kick off the 2014-15 season in Knoxvilleon Friday, Nov. 14 against Tennessee. The Lady Vols are expected to be ranked in the Top 5 when the two teams tip off at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.