Women's Basketball Hits the Road for Cornell, Columbia

Games 13-14

Penn (2-10, 0-1 Ivy)at

Cornell(3-10, 0-0 Ivy) & Columbia (4-8, 0-0 Ivy)

Jan. 13-14, 2006
Both games tip-off at 7p.m.

THE GAMES - The Quakers make their first Ivy League road trip of the 2005-06 season as they travel up to Ithaca, N.Y., to face Cornell on Friday and bus back down to New York City to take on Columbia on Saturday.

THE SERIES WITH CORNELL - It will be the 54th meeting between the Big Red and the Quakers, in a series that began in 1974. Penn holds a decisive 44-9 advantage over Cornell, and has won seven straight and 11 of the last 12 times the two teams have met.

THE SERIES WITH COLUMBIA - Saturday evening will be the 40th meeting for the Lions and the Quakers. Penn leads the series, 27-12, and has been victorious in nine of its last 10 games against Columbia.

THE TEAMS - All three teams have not started out the 2005-06 campaign the way they may have liked to. Penn (2-10, 0-1 Ivy) snapped a 10-game losing skid with a 24-point win over Rider on Jan. 10. Cornell (3-10, 0-0 Ivy) has dropped five straight since a win over Colgate on Dec. 17. Columbia (4-8, 0-0 Ivy) has lost its last two (going into the weekend) to Sacred Heart and Lehigh.

QUAKER NOTE-MEAL - With 11 boards against Princeton, senior Jennifer Fleischer surpassed former Quaker Diane DiBonaventuro (1978-82) for sixth place on the all-time rebounding list ... Fleischer leads the Ivy League with 9.2 rebounds per game ... Junior point guard Joey Rhoads has led her team in scoring five of the last six games, averaging 19.2 points per game during that span (hitting 49.4 percent of her shots from the field and 48.6 percent from three-point range).

BITTEN BY THE INJURY BUG - The Quakers will have to play the remainder of the season without starting guard Lauren Pears, who tore her ACL against American. The junior was leading the team in assists and steals and was third in rebounds per game. In addition, junior captain Monica Naltner was sidelined with an injury for the American and Drexel games, but returned on Dec. 31 against Marist and will see significant time tonight. Sophomore Brilynne Parrish has also missed the last six games with an injury and is doubtful.

THE RHOAD TO VICTORY - Junior guard Joey Rhoads has recently showed why she has the potential to be one of the top shooters in the Ivy League this season. The Huntingdon Valley, Pa., native has been a bright spot for Penn, averaging 19.2 points over the last six games, while shooting 49.4 percent from the field (including a stellar 48.6 percent from three-point range). Rhoads notched her second 20-point game against Saint Joseph’s, scoring 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting against the Hawks. Her third 20-point effort came on Dec. 10 at American, as she dropped a career-high 27 points and nine assists on the Eagles, including a dramatic game-tying three-pointer with 9.3 seconds left to force the game into overtime. In Penn’s season-opening 76-73 overtime triumph over Lehigh, she scored 26 points (including a career-high six three-pointers), tallying five of those points in the extra frame to pace her team. For her efforts, she was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

FRONT AND CENTER - In the Quakers’ second game against 21st-ranked Temple, senior center Jennifer Fleischer had the daunting task of guarding the Owls’ All-America candidate, Candice Dupree. Despite Penn’s loss, Fleischer showed why she could be a force to be reckoned with this season. She notched her 19th-career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, including three offensive boards. Fleischer also held Dupree to zero points for the first 15 minutes of the game. The New Hartford, N.Y., native also added two blocks and a steal defensively. Fleischer followed up that performance with a 23-point, 18 rebound showing in two games at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. She was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts. Fleischer has three double-doubles this season and 21 total for her career. As illustrated below, Fleischer is also among the school career leaders in rebounds and blocked shots.

Penn Career Rebounds

1,207 Diana Caramanico (1998-2001)

972 Natasha Rezek (1991-93, 1994-96)

933 Jewel Clark (2001-04)

847 Kirsten Brendel (1988-91)

749 Auretha Fleming (1981-84)

699 Jennifer Fleischer (2003-present)

691 Diane DiBonaventuro (1978-82)

Penn Career Blocked Shots

194 Katarina Poulsen (1991-94)

114 Diana Caramanico (1998-2001)

94 Jennifer Fleischer (2003-present)

82 Jewel Clark (2001-04)

NEXT TIME OUT - Penn returns home on Thursday, Jan. 19, to take on non-conference foe Lafayette at The Palestra. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

Download: WBB Notes at Cornell1.pdf