Women's Basketball Hosts Dartmouth and Harvard

Dartmouth-Harvard Game Notes in PDF Format

Games 19-20

Ivy Weekend # 3

Penn (3-15, 1-4 Ivy)

vs.Dartmouth (14-4, 8-1 Ivy)
Feb. 10, 2006 - 7 p.m.

vs. Harvard (7-11, 1-5 Ivy)
Feb. 11, 2006 - 7 p.m.

The Palestra

This Weekend’s Games - The Quakers are hoping to put a stop to a four-game losing streak tonight at The Palestra, but in their way stands conference-leading Dartmouth (14-4, 8-1 Ivy) and the league’s top scorer in Jeannie Cullen. The Big Green have won four straight games and eight of their last nine, with their only blemish in that span coming to ACC foe North Carolina State in Raleigh. Cullen is averaging 15.3 ppg, including a blistering 49.2 percent from three-point range. Penn (3-15, 1-4 Ivy) is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Yale last Saturday in which the Bulldogs rallied from a 20-point second half deficit to sink the Quakers. The loss capped a two-loss Ivy weekend for Penn after they fell to Brown on Friday. The Quakers will face resurgent Harvard (7-11, 1-5 Ivy) on Saturday night. The Crimson have won five of their last seven games after losing eight straight and bring a balanced scoring attack to The Palestra with three players averaging double-figures in scoring.

Quaker Note-Meal - A win tonight at The Palestra would be the 200th all-time victory for the women's program at the fabled arena ... Senior center Jennifer Fleischer, who claimed possession of fifth-place on the school’s all-time rebounding list with her second carem at Brown last Saturday, now trails Quaker-great Kirsten Brendel by 81 boards for fourth place ... Fleischer would need to average 9.1 rebounds per game (she currently grabs an Ivy League-leading 9.9 rpg) through the last nine contests to surpass that mark ... Since starting their first six games with the same lineup, the Quakers have had eight different starting fives in the 12 games after ... Junior guard Joey Rhoads is the Ivy’s third-best free throw shooter at 86.7 percent from the line.

The Series with Dartmouth - It will be the 54th meeting between Penn and Dartmouth, in a series that began in 1978. The Big Green owns a 33-20 advantage over the Quakers despite Penn winning five of its last seven. Dartmouth swept the season series last year.

The Series with Harvard - Penn faces Harvard for the 55th time on Saturday evening, in a series that started in 1976. Harvard leads the series 34-20, and has been victorious in seven of its last eight games over Penn. The Crimson swept last year’s series and have won three straight over the Quakers.

Thrown into the Fire - The Quakers’ intriguing six-member freshman class knew they would have the chance to have an immediate impact, and they have certainly had that opportunity so far - the rookies have contributed a combined 751 minutes of playing time. Kelly Scott has started four games this season and is third on the squad with 10 three-point FG’s made. Anca Popovici earned her first career start and helped Penn to its first Ivy League win at Columbia (Jan. 14), while Carrie Biemer is Penn’s third-best scorer in Ivy League play this year, averaging 6.6 points per game. She scored team-highs of 12 points at Cornell (Jan. 13) and 13 points at La Salle (Jan. 24). Freshman Maggie Burgess, Katarina Lackner and Maureen Mannion have also received significant playing time so far this season.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Palestra - Penn men’s and women’s basketball games, volleyball and wrestling matches are played at the historic Palestra, the most storied gymnasium in the history of collegiate athletics. The Palestra has hosted more games, more visiting teams and more NCAA Tournaments than any other facility. Located on the University of Pennsylvania campus, The Palestra was given its name by Greek professor Dr. William N. Bates, who felt the name logical because in ancient Greece, young men would compete in a variety of events in a rectangular enclosure attached to the gymnasium to the view of all who would come — a Palestra. The name was widely accepted by the organizing committee for it fit the specifications: authenticity, dignity, descriptive, and novelty. So, in 1927, “The Palestra” was opened. The women’s team currently has a 199-188 all-time record (.514) at The Palestra.

Next Time Out - Penn returns to action for Ivy League weekend No. 4, as it hosts Columbia on Friday, Feb. 17, and Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tip-off for both games is slated for 7 p.m., at The Palestra.

Download: WBB Notes vs Dartmouth-Harvard.pdf