Women's Basketball Hits the Road

Penn vs. Dartmouth/Harvard Game Notes

Fresh off their first Ivy sweep in nearly two years, the Quakers head out for their first League road games of the season. Penn is 8-10 entering the weekend and 3-2 in Ancient Eight play.

Dartmouth is tied with Penn for fourth in the League standings at 3-2 and is 9-10 on the season. Harvard struggled in its non-conference slate and is 6-12 overall, but tied for first in the League at 4-1.

Sister, Sister
Sophmore Katarina Lackner will see a familiar face Saturday night—older sister Christiana. Both players appeared in both meetings last year, Christiana scored 15 points total and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Katarina had 12 total points and three rebounds. 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’s 17.5 ppg is third and Rhoads’ 17.4 is fourth. Princeton’s Meagan Cowher is first with 19.5 ppg. One or both of the seniors are also in the top-10 of nine other statistical categories. On the Glass
Naltner is second in the Ivy League in defensive rebounds per game, pulling down an average of 5.11 drpg. She is sixth in the League’s overall rebounding (6.8 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 (16), Rhoads (15), Lauren Pears (7), Carrie Biemer (2), Ashley Gray (2), Kelly Scott (2), Maggie Burgess (1), 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. Home Court Advantage?
The Red and Blue is 206-200 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). Looking Back...
Penn has played 11 games on Feb. 9 and is 6-4 on the date. The Quakers are4-8 on Feb. 10.

Quaker Quickies

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. 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 nine other games. Penn is 7-3 when scoring 70 or more points under Knapp. The Quakers defeated Lehigh by one point on Nov. 16. The Red and Blue have played in four one-point games under Knapp. Penn is 2-2 in those games. Pears leads the team in assists (77) and steals (41). She is third in the League for assists and second in steals. 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. Burgess ranks 10th among the Ivies in blocked shots with 11 this season. 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 six games registering three steals, five rebounds and one assist. Caitlin Slover has seen significant playing time since her debut against Delaware, Nov. 29. She is currently averaging 8.1 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).

Scouting Dartmouth...

After downing Cornell and Columbia last weekend, Dartmouth and Penn now share fourth place in the Ancient Eight standings. Dartmouth newcomer Michelle Meyer was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after a clutch performance Friday. She helped the Big Green take a 60-56 win over then first-place Cornell. In the final 10 minutes of the game, she scored 11 points to lift her team over Cornell. Ashley Taylor lead the team averaging 17.7 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Scouting Harvard...

Harvard spent all of January on the road and was 5-2 in those games. At home, the Crimson have not done as well as they are still searching for a win at Lavietes Pavilion. Incidentally, Harvard’s last win at home was last season against Penn. Emily Tay leads the Crimson and is seventh in the league in scoring. She is averaging 13.3 points per game. Junior Lindsay Hallion is second on the Crimson and 10th in the conference with 11.5 ppg. Christiana Lackner leads the Crimson and is fifth in the league in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game. Emily Moretzsohn is the fourth players this season to record a double-double. Lackner has accomplished that feat in two games this season. Katie Rollins and Tay round out the Crimson double-doubles this season.

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