Women's Basketball Enters First Ivy League Weekend

Harvard Game Notes

Dartmouth Game Notes

- Penn hits the stretch run with the Ivy League schedule kicking into full gear with Harvard and Dartmouth making their way into The Palestra this weekend. Harvard tip-off is at 7 p.m. Friday and the Dartmouth game at the same time Saturday.

Catching the Game
Live video and live stats will be available on PennAthletics.com for both games. Ted Rawlings and Chris Zervoudis will provide the call. A full recap and box score will be posted on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.

In the Series
Harvard leads the series 39-21 dating back to the first meeting in 1977. The Crimson have taken control of the series as of late, winning nine in a row and 13 of 14. Penn’s last win was a 73-72 thriller in Cambridge in 2004. Last year, the Quakers nearly broke that streak before a late lead slipped away in a 63-62 road loss. At The Palestra, Harvard has won the last seven dating back to Feb. 9, 2001.

Dartmouth won both games last year after the teams split two games in 2006-07. Overall, Dartmouth has won 36 of the 57 meetings. Penn's win in 2007 is the only victory for the Quakers over the Big Green in the last eight games. It was a three-point victory in The Palestra. Prior to that stretch, Penn had won eight straight over its Ivy rival.

About the Crimson
Harvard has lost three of its last four, including their Ivy League opener against Dartmouth. The Jan. 10 matchup with the Big Green is the last game in which the Crimson have played. The teams have yet to play any common opponents to date. Emma Markley is the team’s leading scorer with 13.3 ppg. She is also the team’s top rebounder with 6.8 per game. Emily Tay and Berry Brogan also average in double digit scoring with 10.5 and 10.3 ppg, respectively. On the defensive end, Tay leads the Crimson with 27 steals and Markley’s 18 blocks are a team-best. Harvard ranks first in the Ivy League in field goal percentage are is second in the League in scoring, rebounding, assists and turnover margin.

About the Big Green
Dartmouth plays at Princeton Friday night, a team that defeated Penn two weeks ago. The Big Green went 6-8 in non-conference play and won their first Ancient Eight game over Penn's Friday night opponent, Harvard. Heading into Friday night, Dartmouth is currently on a three-game win streak and has just one common opponent to the Quakers. Dartmouth fell to Temple 65-29 on the road, while Penn dropped an 81-70 decision to the Owls at The Palestra. Brittany Smith, who has won three-straight Ivy League Player of the Week awards, is the team's leading scorer at 13.5 points per game. Koren Schram is the only other Dartmouth player averaging in double figures at 12.7 points per game. Smith also leads the team in rebounding and blocked shots and is second on the team in steals. Schram heads the Big Green in the steals category as well as in assists.

Quaker Trends
Penn has won the second half in three of the last four games ... Senior Carrie Biemer has started the last 31 games and has led the team in scoring in eight of the last 10 ... Five different players have led the team in rebounding at least once.

Biemer Leads Scoring Title Race
Senior Carrie Biemer is currently leading the Ivy League in scoring with an average of 18.5 points per game. Biemer has been especially potent on the offensive end as of late. She has scored 20 or more points in seven of the last 10 games, including the first 30-point performance for a Penn player in over two years (at Rider, 1/13/09). The last team to keep Carrie Biemer from reaching double digits. Seton Hall. She had done so in 27 straight games since she was held under the 10-point mark on Jan. 15, 2008 against the Pirates.

Last Time Out
Sophomore Jerin Smith had a career-best 12 points in 18 minutes, but it was Seton Hall who pulled away late in the first half and came away with the 76-49 victory at The Palestra. Smith played the majority of her minutes in the second half, where she had eight of her team-high 12 points. No other Quaker was in double digits as senior Carrie Biemer was held under the 10-point mark for the first time in 27 games. The last team to hold her under that mark - Seton Hall. The Quakers played close to their Big East opponents for much of the first half, shooting 50 percent in the half. However, the Pirates were able to pull away for good in the second half as the Quakers went cold from beyond the arc (0-for-6) and were just over 30 percent from the floor. Seton Hall did not trail in the game, jumping out to a 10-4 lead four minutes in. Penn stayed within striking distance and with the score 18-12, sophomore Erin Power hit a free throw in between layups from senior Katarina Lackner and freshman Tyler Cumbo to pull within one at the halfway mark of the half. After scoring the next 10 points, the Pirates slowly built upon their lead heading into the half. The Quakers got the lead under double digits on several occasions, and were within six after senior Kelly Scott buried a three. Over the next 4:34 though, Seton Hall outscored Penn 13-6 and went into the half with a 42-35 advantage. The Pirates came out strong in the second half and refused to let Penn back in the game. The Pirates used an 11-2 run to build a 60-38 lead and shared baskets with the Quakers the rest of the way.

Up Next
After the matchup with Dartmouth Saturday night, it will be the first Ivy League road weekend of the year. Penn travels to New York City on Friday, Feb. 6 to play Columbia and then to Ithaca, N.Y., on Sat. Feb. 7 to play Cornell.

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