PHILADELPHIA - Following two straight impressive outings, the Quakers will need another one as they travel to Princeton's Jadwin Gym to attempt to blemish their archrivals perfect Ivy record. Penn is coming off its first league win of the year, while Princeton is riding a 20-game winning streak.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at GoPrincetonTigers.com. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series
Penn has lost eight of nine to the Tigers with their only win in the last five seasons coming at The Palestra in 2008. The last victory inside Jadwin Gym for the Quakers came on Feb. 1, 2005, in double overtime. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart is 4-1 against Penn, while head coach Mike McLaughlin is coming off of his first-ever win in Ivy play.
About the Tigers
Princeton has won its last 20 games and is looking to complete a rare undefeated season in Ivy play. Harvard's 2002-03 squad was the last to do it. Penn did it in 2000-01. The Tigers have lost just once at home this season. By far the Ivy League's best team, the Tigers own the Ancient Eight's top-ranked offense and defensescoring the most points and allowing the least. They are also the league's best rebounding team and are first in assists, turnover margin, field goal percentage and defensive field goal percentage. Three Tigers rank among the top six scorers in the country. Niveen Rasheed leads the team with 15.5 points per game (second in the league), 2.9 assists (fifth), 2.3 steals (second) and 8.7 rebounds per game (third). Devonna Allgood is fourth in rebounding at 8.7 per game and first in field goal percentage at 58.5.
Seniors Lead the Way
Seniors Sarah Bucar, Caitlin Slover and Amy Donovan each played a huge roll in the final Ivy road trip of their careers. After nearly knocking off second-place Harvard in Cambridge, the seniors took over in Penn's win over Dartmouth. All three started and logged more than 30 minutes of playing time. Donovan led the team with 12 points and was second in rebounds (five) and assists (three). Slover was also in double figures with 10 points, combining with Donovan for half of the team's points on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bucar had a team-best four assists and six rebounds in addition to her four points.
Penn has led at the half in three straight games ... Penn has trailed for less than two minutes in the last three halfs combined ... Penn is 6-2 in March in the last three years ... The Quakers have shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in seven of their last nine games ... Penn allowed just 31 points to Dartmouth - the fewest since giving up just 29 against Temple on Jan. 17, 1995 ... Six different Quakers have led the team in scoring in the last seven games ... Penn is undefeated on Thursdays ... Penn has lost the last 17 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points.
Keys to Victory?
In the Penn's two wins:
The Quakers have led at the half ... They have outrebounded their opponent ... They have held their opponent under 30 percent from the field ... They have had a worse free throw percentage, shooting under 65 percent on each occasion ... They allowed fewer than 50 points ... They were wearing their white uniforms.
Senior Night Spoilers
Just three days after spoiling Dartmouth's Senior Night at Leede Arena, the Quakers will be at it again on Tuesday. Penn, which lost on Senior Night at The Palestra for the first time in four seasons, took out its frustrations on the Big Green's seniors with a 44-31 win in Hanover on Saturday. In the season finale, Princeton will be honoring its seniors who will be playing their final game at Jadwin Gymnasium and looking to avoid the same fate the Red and Blue handed to Dartmouth.
Last Time Out
What a weekend it was for the Quakers. Entering with a winless mark in Ivy play, they nearly knocked off two of the best teams in the league on their home courts. It was a gut-wrenching ending at Harvard when the Crimson hit the game-winning three with 1.3 seconds left to defeat the Quakers, 55-52 Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. With the game tied at 52-52, Christine Matera buried a three. Penn got an open look from 30-feet away as time expired, but it brushed the front of the rim. Having weathered an early storm, Penn controlled the game for the remainder of the first half. The Red and Blue went on an 11-4 run and led 33-26 at the half. Harvard scored eight straight and went ahead 45-44 with 9:29 remaining. The Quakers scored six straight to go up 51-46 and held a 51-50 edge with just 1:20 to go. Harvard's Emma Markley hit two free throws and the Crimson briefly led before fouling Jess Knapp with 27 seconds left. She missed the first, but quieted an electric atmosphere by swishing the second to tie the game. But the crowd went into a frenzy when Matera hit the winner. On Saturday, it was a total team effort for the second straight night. This time it ended in victory. The Quakers won their first Ivy League game of the year in impressive fashion over defending champion Dartmouth, 44-31, at Leede Arena. The Quakers led the whole game. Penn got a jumper from Jourdan Banks and threes from Amy Donovan and Knapp that sent the Quakers into the locker room with a 24-18 advantage. The Quakers went on a 14-2 run in the first nine minutes of the second half. Dartmouth scored on its first possession of the half, but didn't dent the scoreboard for the next nine minutes. That gave Penn a 38-20 lead when Slover drained a three from the far corner with 11:20 to go and the Quakers never looked back.
It's the start of the 2010-11 campaign.