PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time this season, the women's basketball team will play for a television audience as the Quakers are on the road for the fourth time in six games this season when they take the trip north to Easton, Pa., to meet Lafayette. The Leopards took one from the Quakers in The Palestra last season, but Penn has won eight of the last 10 meetings and has not lost on Lafayette’s home court since 1999.
Catching the Game
RCN4 will telecast the game Wednesday night. The channel is carried on cable networks throughout the northeast, including Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. Check local listings.
In the Series
Lafayette and Penn have met 32 times since 1976-77 season. The Quakers own a 17-15 advantage over the Leopards, including wins in eight of the last 10 meetings. However, the Leopards were victorious last season, defeating Penn at The Palestra, 71-56, on Dec. 5. Penn has also had success on the road in the series, taking the last four games played in Easton, Pa. Head Coach Patrick Knapp is 3-2 (2-0 on the road) against Lafayette while at Penn.
Last Time Out
The Quakers led at the half, but The Mount’s hot shooting did Penn in Saturday in Emmitsburg, Md. Junior Sarah Bucar led Penn with 14 points and hit four threes in the game. Penn dominated the first half, leading the entire way and holding a four-point lead at the break. The Quakers shot 44 percent in the first and outrebounded The Mount 23-14. After the break, The Mount found its footing and starting hitting their shots at a 53-percent clip. Meanwhile, Penn cooled off and only shot 33 percent. After Mount St. Mary’s took the lead three minutes into the second half, the Quakers were able to tie it up twice, but never regain the lead. The Quakers got solid contributions from Bucar, who’s four three-pointers mark a new career high. She also nabbed three steals. Sophomore Jerin Smith contributed 10 points for her first double-digit game of her career. Senior Carrie Biemer also contributed 12 points for her 18th-straight double-digit performance. On the boards, Kelly Scott pulled down a career-best eight rebounds to lead her team while Smith tied her personal best with seven.
Senior Anca Popovici has started 61 straight games for the Red and Blue ...Through the first five games, three different players have led Penn in scoring in at least one game ... Four different players have led the team in rebounding at least once ... Penn has had more assists than its opponent in each of the last two games ... Penn has been leading or tied at the half in three of the last four games.
December to Remember
Penn will be glad to see the calender turn as the month of November was not kind to the Quakers. The 0-5 start marked just the first time since the 2005-06 campaign in which the Quakers had a losing record in the first month of the season. While trying to forget November, Penn looks to make December a month to remember.
Power and the Boards
Sophomore Erin Power, an Elmwood Park, Ill., native, made the most of her time at Duquesne with seven rebounds in eight minutes. She then topped that effort with a career day versus Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 25. Her eight rebounds and nine assists in 30 minutes were all career highs. She is fourth on the team with 18 rebounds.
Power and Passing
Power has also been impressive in dishing the ball as well. She has a team-high 13 assists this season and is the only Quaker to have a positive assist-to-turnover ratio thus far (eight turnovers). This is done while logging just the eighth-most minutes on the team.
Home and Away
Penn has played well this season at The Palestra. In their only two games at home, the Quakers nearly upset two Big 5 rivalslosing by a combined eight points. However, the road has not been as kind. In three games as the visitors, Penn has fallen by an average of 23.3 points.
Biemer in Double Digits
You can almost surely expect to see senior Carrie Biemer score in double digits tonight. She has done so in 18 straight games. The last time she was held under the 10-point mark was Jan. 15, 2008 against Seton Hall. She leads the team in scoring this season with 13.8 ppg.
Penn has two more games before a 12-day break. The Quakers will host Navy in an afternoon matchup Friday. Tip-off from The Palestra is for 3 p.m. Two days later, Penn visits Colgate with a 2 p.m. start Sunday.
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