Women's Basketball Heads to Rider on Tuesday

GAME NOTES

PHILADELPHIA - In the penultimate non-conference game for women's basketball, the Quakers head to New Jersey for the second time in four days when they take on the Rider Broncs. Penn fell at Princeton Saturday and will host its final non-conference game against Seton Hall on Jan. 26.

Catching the Game
Live stats are available and video will be available on GoBroncs.com. Also, a full recap and box score will be posted on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.

In the Series
Penn lost the first game in this series in 1982 and has yet to lose since, defeating the Broncs six straight times. The Quakers have never lost in Lawrenceville. Last season, the Quakers were victorious at The Palestra, 66-58, on Nov. 28. And on the last road trip head coach Patrick Knapp—who is 4-0 at Penn against the Broncs—and his Quakers took to Rider, the Red and Blue came out with a double digit win, 77-65.

About the Broncs
Coming off its third win of the season, Rider will look to put back-to-back wins together for the second time this season. They did so against Colgate and Farleigh Dickinson in November. Colgate is one of four teams in which both these teams have played against. The Broncs and Quakers each lost to Princeton, and La Salle, and each defeated the Raiders. However, Rider was a victim to Navy, 71-64, two weeks after Penn defeated the Mids, 61-58. The Broncs are led by Tammy Myers and Amanda Sepulveda, who each average in double digits in scoring. Myers also leads the Broncs with 42 assists and 27 steals this season. Forward Shaunice Parker leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per game and 12 blocks.

Biemer Leads Scoring Title Race
Senior Carrie Biemer is currently leading the Ivy League in scoring with an average of 18.2 points per game. Biemer has been especially potent on the offensive end as of late. She has scored 20 or more points in six of the last eight games, averaging 20.9 ppg in that span. Her streak of seven games with two or more three-pointers ended at Princeton. The streak dated back to Dec. 3.

Bench Scoring
One refreshing statistic from the defeat at Princeton came with Penn's 24 bench points - nearly half of the team's point total Saturday. With junior guard Sarah Bucar injured since Dec. 31, the bench has been asked to play an even bigger role. This effort was just days after having their worst output of the season vs. La Salle (Jan. 5) with just five of the team's 58 points. They responded as freshman Tyler Cumbo and senior Katarina Lackner led the way with eight and seven points, respectively. Freshmen Julie Becker and Sara Ely also added three points as well as sophomore Jerin Smith. The group also accumulated 10 rebounds, including two by sophomore Caroline Nicholson.

Last Time Out
Senior Carrie Biemer recorded her second double-double of the season, but a poor first half doomed the Penn as Princeton held on to its lead to win 64-49 in the Ivy League opener at Jadwin Gymnasium. Penn was without a field goal for the first 8:51 to open the game, missing its first eight shots. Princeton on the other hand, started the game 7-of-10 from the floor and jumped out to an 18-3 lead. Senior Katarina Lackner broke the dry spell and started a Quakers’ run, sinking the Quakers’ first basket of the half to make the score 18-5. It was the beginning of an 11-4 run, finished by back-to-back threes from freshman Tyler Cumbo and Biemer. At that point, Penn trailed just 22-14 with 7:39 to go in the half. The Quakers though, made just five of their 24 shot attempts in the first 20 minutes. Princeton capitalized, scoring 14 of the last 17 points of the half to take a commanding 36-17 lead into the locker room. It proved to be too much to overcome. The teams played even basketball, sharing baskets for the majority of the final half. Princeton’s lead was never more than 21, but Penn got no closer than the 15-point deficit they faced after freshman Sara Ely hit a three-pointer with 11:50 left to make it 48-33 and when sophomore Jerin Smith sank a free throw with 27.2 seconds remaining. Penn played well in the second half as they shot at a clip of 43-percent from the floor and had just five turnovers, while forcing seven. Biemer finished the night with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the second double-double of her career.

Up Next
Penn will be hosting Seton Hall of the Big East Conference in the Quakers’ final non-conference game of the 2008-09 campaign at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Download: 1-13-09 Rider.pdf