PHILADELPHIA -After 16 days, the Quakers will finally be returning to the court. In the first of three games in five days, the Red and Blue welcome Mount St. Mary’s to The Palestra on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Mount claimed last year’s meeting in Emmitsburg.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available on the Penn Sports Network at PennAthletics.com. A full recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series
When Penn and Mount St. Mary’s met last season, it marked the first time the team’s had seen each other since 1981. The Mount won that first encounter in 1981, 49-42, and then won last year, 65-53. However, both of those games were in Emmitsburg. This year’s tilt will be the first ever between these squads at the historic Palestra.
About The Mount
Mount St. Mary’s won two of its first three games, but have since fallen on hard times, dropping five of the last six games. They have played one common opponent, beating Lafayette, 59-48 on the road. Penn lost to the Leopards at home. The Mount are averaging just more than 51 points per game, but are allowing fewer than 60. They have held opponents under 40 percent from the field and nearly below 30 percent from beyond the arc. The Mount have turned the ball over on an average of 21.3 times per game. Mary Dunn (11.6 ppg) and Sandra Andressen (10.3) each average double figures for the Mount. Dunn is also the team’s leading rebounder at 7.2 per game. Selina Mann leads the team with 17 steals—all coming off the bench. Hassanah Oliver is the team leader with 23 assists.
City of Brotherly Love
In a scheduling quirk this season, the Quakers will play all five of their City Six games on the road—meaning five of the team’s eight non-conference road games will be played in the city of Philadelphia. This plays a major role over the next month as Penn will not leave Philadelphia for all of January. Including this three-game home stand, the Quakers will play 12 straight games in Philly.
Heading into Tuesday’s game against Mount St. Mary’s, the Quakers have played the fewest games in the Ivy League (eight). However, following the long holiday break, Penn will catch up quickly. They play six games in the next two weeks. The longest break between games is three days with just one day off before games against St. Francis (N.Y.) and LaSalle.
Last Time Out
Despite 17 second-half points from junior Kim Adams, the Quakers couldn’t keep up with Rider, falling 66-53 at The Palestra. As usual, the Quakers were able to keep the game low-scoring early in the first half. Rider had just 12 points in the first 12 minutes and the Quakers trailed by just one, 12-11. Then the Broncs scored eight straight, capped by a three, for a 20-11 edge with 5:42 to go before intermission. Penn would respond. Carolin Nicholson converted a three-point play and Caitlin Slover hit a jumper to close to within 20-16 at the four-minute mark. The Broncs hit another three on their next possession, but on the way back down the court, Sarah Bucar responded with a three for the Quakers. After a stop by Penn, Slover hit a baseline jumper to pull within two, 23-21 with 2:37 left. Though the Broncs hit another three to go up 26-21. Rider knocked down two free throws and when Penn turned the ball over, Rider heaved up a shot from half court that bounced off the backboard for a 31-21 Rider lead at intermission. Rider scored the first four points of the second session and led 35-21. The lead grew to 41-25 five minutes into the half before Penn got back into it. For seven minutes the Broncs were held without a field goal. Meanwhile, Adams took over on offense. She scored nine straight points for Penn. The last of which pulled the Red and Blue within 43-36 with 9:45 to go. However, the Broncs went on a quick 6-0 run over the next two minutes to go back up 13. Adams and the Quakers continued to score consistently for the remainder of the game, but so did the Broncs and the lead never got within single digits again.
After a 16-day break, the Quakers will not have much time to rest over the next few weeks. The team plays three games in five days, and a total of six games in 15 days. However, in that time, the Red and Blue will never have to leave the city of Philadelphia. Both of their away games in that stretch are against Big 5 opponents.
Free Admission - Thursday!
All those attending Thursday's New Year's Eve game against St. Francis (N.Y.) can see the game free of charge.
Download: 12-29-09 MtStMarys.pdf