Women's Basketball Embarks on Final Ivy Weekend

Penn vs. Yale/Brown Game Notes (PDF)

Penn heads out for its final Ivy weekend of the season at Yale and Brown. Both games are set to tip at 7 p.m. The Quakers will close the season, March 6 at Princeton.

Penn is 10-14 after splitting games last weekend against the League’s then-top two teams--Harvard (L, 66-59) and Dartmouth (W, 56-53). The Quakers 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.

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 15.8 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. Double Vision
Eight Quakers have scored in double digits in at least one game this season—Naltner (20), Rhoads (17), Lauren Pears (9), Ashley Gray (4), Kelly Scott (3), Carrie Biemer (2), Maggie Burgess (2), and Anca Popovici (1). In addition, Naltner has scored in the 20s in four games and the 30s in one while Rhoads has tallied 20 or more in five games this season and Gray has marked one game in the 20s. Looking Back...
Penn has played nine games on March 2 and is 10-5 on the date. Penn has played 13 games on March 3 and is 7-5 on the date. The Quakers played their highest scoring game against Columbia on this date. It also ranks in the Ivy records as the highest combined score in women’s League contest.

Quaker Quickies

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). 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 10 other games. Penn is 7-4 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 (4.33 apg) and steals (2.17 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.

Scouting Yale...

Just under a month ago, Penn downed Yale, 70-57, at The Palestra. The win gave the Quakers a weekend sweep in the Ivy League--their first since late February 2005. The Quakers fought back from a six-point deficit early in the first and traded baskets with Yale until taking the lead for good at 3:23 in the first. Since their last meeting, the Bulldogs have lost five of the last six and are currently running a four-game losing streak. Erica Davis leads the Elis with 15.8 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. She gave the Quakers a run with 21 points and eight rebounds earlier this season. She also leads the Ivies in rebounding. Melissa Colbourne is also averaging double-digit scoring with 11.1 ppg. While Chinenye Okafor helps on the glass with 8.0 rpg.

Scouting Brown...

In the teams’ first meeting this season, the Quakers came back to Ancient Eight action after splitting two non-league games. Penn won 66-57 over Brown at The Palestra. The Quakers shot 40-percent in the game and ripped a season-high 45 rebounds in the game. Sophomore Maggie Burgess had eight boards in the game, but the team’s defensive efforts were well distributed with Monica Naltner taking seven and Lauren Pears snatching six. Since playing Penn last, Brown has lost five of seven games and just squeaked by Columbia in a double overtime game last weekend. Ashley King-Bischof leads the Bears with 11.2 points per game and 6.1 boards per game. Newcomer Lindsay Walls—who just recently earned a starting spot—earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for her 19-point performance in Brown’s double overtime game with Columbia. She also grabbed seven rebounds during the win and went 8-14 from the field, and three-for-three from the free-throw line.

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