Women's Basketball Closes 2006-07 In Twilight

Penn vs. Princeton Game Notes

Penn wraps up the 2006-07 season against Princeton Tuesday night. At stake is an above .500 Ivy percentage and a share of third place in the final standings. Game time is set for 9 p.m., but will start at the conclusion of the Penn-Princeton men’s game set for 7 p.m.

Penn is 12-14 after sweeping last weekend’s games at Yale (W, 57-55) and Brown (W, 72-56). The wins extended the Quakers’ winning streak to three games--the longest of the season--and completed season sweeps of the Bulldogs and Bears.

The Quakers enter the weekend a game up on Princeton in the League standings with a 7-6 record. The Tigers are are 5-6 and tied with Princeton for fourth in Ancient Eight standings. Yale is 11-15 and tied for sixth in the standings at 4-8 in Ivy play. Brown is 5-21 this season and in last place in the Ivy standings with a 3-9 record.

Live video of all Penn’s home games this season is being offered on the Penn Sports Network, PennAthletics.com’s exclusive multimedia network devoted to Quaker athletics. A 2007 winter and spring season pass is only $9.95 and includes all women’s and men’s basketball, wrestling as well as select special events. Top of the League
Monica Naltner and Rhoads not only lead Penn in scoring, but are also among the top five scorers in the Ivy League. Naltner ranks fourth with 15.5 ppg and Rhoads is fifth with 15.3 ppg. Princeton’s Meagan Cowher is first with 17.9 ppg. One or both of the seniors are also in the top-10 of nine other statistical categories. On the Glass
Naltner is fourth in the Ivy League in defensive rebounds per game, pulling down an average of 5.00 drpg. She is seventh in the League’s overall rebounding (6.6 rpg). A “Grand” Performance
Senior tri-captain Rhoads became the 17th Quaker to reach 1,000 points in her career less than two minutes into her 94th game at Penn. The senior started the game with 995 points. She hit a three-pointer and was fouled moments later where she made both shots from the line to sit at an even 1,000. Rhoads went on to score 19 more in the game. Looking Back...
Penn has only played four games on March 6 and is and even 2-2 on the date. Home Court Advantage?
The Red and Blue are 207-201 at The Palestra since the 1974-75 season. The 200th win was recorded on Feb. 17, 2006 against Ivy League foe Columbia (a 64-49 decision). Double Vision
Eight Quakers have scored in double digits in at least one game this season—Naltner (21), Rhoads (19), Lauren Pears (9), Ashley Gray (4), Carrie Biemer (3), Kelly Scott (3), Maggie Burgess (2), and Anca Popovici (1). In addition, Naltner has scored in the 20s in five games and the 30s in one while Rhoads has tallied 20 or more in six games this season and Gray has marked one game in the 20s.

Quaker Quickies

Monica Naltner scored 37 points against Lafayette. The mark tied for sixth on Penn’s all-time most points in a game list. Penn scored 80 points against Columbia, Jan. 13. It was the most points scored in Patrick Knapp’s tenure with the Quakers. His teams produced 70 or more in 11 other games. Penn is 8-4 when scoring 70 or more points under Knapp. The Quakers defeated Lehigh by one point on Nov. 16 and edged Cornell by one on Feb. 17. The Red and Blue have played in five one-point games under Knapp. Penn is 3-2 in those games. Pears leads the team in assists (4.23 apg) and steals (2.12 spg). She is second in the League in both categories. Naltner was named the Ivy League Player the of Week, Nov. 20. It was her first such honor. She earned co-player of the week honors from the Ivy League and outright honors from the Big 5 on Dec. 11. Rhoads was named the Big 5 Player of the Week, Jan. 2. It was her first such honor. She was honored by the Big 5 and the Ivy League, Feb. 5, as the Player of the Week. Penn has just one junior on the roster this season—guard Kimberly Franklin. Brilynne Parrish started the season with the Quakers, but left the team to focus on academics. Two sophomores are regular starters for Penn—Anca Popovici and Maggie Burgess. A new addition to the sophomore class is transfer Sarah Bucar. Though she will practice with the team, Bucar will not compete during the 2006–07 season in compliance with NCAA regulsations. Initially recruited by Coach Knapp at Georgetown, Bucar opted to attend West Virginia after Knapp left Georgetown. After averaging 14.1 minutes a game as back-up to WVU’s Ashley Powell—one of the nation’s top freshmen last season—Bucar will take a season to learn Penn’s system and become a game contributor in the 2007–08 season. Amy Donovan was the first freshman to see any minutes this season (vs. Rider, Nov. 19). She has played in nine games registering two points, three steals, five rebounds and two assists. Caitlin Slover has seen significant playing time since her debut against Delaware, Nov. 29. She is currently averaging 8.2 minutes per game. Carolyn Miller also got into a game, scoring two points and pulling down one board in two minutes of playing time against Loyola (Dec. 31). She also saw one minute of action at Columbia.

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