PHILADELPHIA - Penn and Navy have not met in more than 11 years and with the Quakers coming off another tough loss, the Red and Blue are primed for their first win over Navy since 1989.
Catching the Game
The Penn women’s basketball game against Navy can be seen live on PennAthletics.com. A live video webcast with play-by-play announcer Chris Zervoudis is available as are live stats. Access to both can be found at the top right corner of the webpage.
In the Series
Navy has won the last two meetings and four of five overall. However, the teams have not met since 1997. Penn’s only win came on Jan. 21, 1989 at The Palestra, a 73-67 triumph. Four of the five games in the series have been decided by fewer than 10 points, while Navy’s only win at The Palestra came in the last meeting on Nov. 26, 1997 when the Midshipmen pulled out a 70-66 victory on the Quakers’ home court.
Last Time Out
Even senior Kelly Scott’s game-tying basket at the regulation buzzer was not enough to propel Penn past Lafayette Wednesday night in Easton, Pa. Lafayette held on to win, 59-55 in overtime. With under one minute remaining and Penn down one, senior Carrie Biemer muscled in a layup to regain the lead with 29 seconds left. On Lafayette’s next possession, the Leopards missed their first shot and in a mad scramble for the rebound, Penn dove on the ball and called a timeout with just seven ticks on the clock. However, with no timeouts left, Lafayette was given two technical free throws. They made them both. Penn was forced to foul and after making one of the two ensuing free throws, Lafayette led by two, 51-49. Freshman Tyler Cumbo immediately pushed the ball up the floor and dished to Scott on the wing. Scott drove the lane and as the final buzzer sounded at the end of the second half, Scott’s running layup had just left her hands and was gliding off the glass. It found the bottom of the net and Penn pushed the Leopards into an extra session. In the overtime, Lafayette scored four of the first five points to take a 55-52 lead. Biemer promptly hit a three to tie the game near the two-minute mark, but a Lafayette basket and a Penn miss forced the Quakers to foul down the stretch. The Leopards made two free throws in the waning seconds to end it.
Penn’s overtime session Wednesday at Lafayette marked the first time the Quakers had played past regulation since the 2005-06 season. The Quakers dropped a 70-68 overtime decision at American on Dec. 10, 2005 and went 80 games before playing another overtime. Penn’s four seniors were in their freshmen seasons at the time of that game.
The .500 Mark
Penn is 12 points away from being 3-3 at this point. In close losses to Villanova (two points), Saint Joseph’s (six points) and Lafayette (four points), the Quakers were either tied, leading, or within one in the closing minutes. With a little bit a good fortune going on the side of the Red and Blue, the Quakers could easily be at the .500 mark at this point.
Patriot League Games
The Quakers are experiencing a tour of the Patriot League this week as all three of their games in this five-day span will come against Patriot League members (Lafayette, Navy and Colgate). Penn has already played Lehigh, another member of the conference, and fell in the season opener to the Mountain Hawks. In all, Penn is 2-5 against the Patriot League in the last three years.
Senior Anca Popovici’s 61 consecutive-starts streak came to an end Wednesday ... Senior Kelly Scott has made a three-point attempt in each of the last four games ... Junior Caitlin Slover has scored exactly seven points in three of the last four games ... Penn has had three different starting lineups in six games ... Through the first six games, three different players have led Penn in scoring at least once and four different players have led the team in rebounding at least once.
Biemer and Scott
Seniors Carrie Biemer and Kelly Scott did everything they could to rally the Quakers to victory Wednesday. The two dominated the second half and overtime periods. After the start of the second 20 minutes, Scott and Biemer scored 23 straight points before four free throws by junior Caitlin Slover bridged another stretch of eight straight Biemer-Scott points to end the game. Scott scored all 15 of her points after halftime, while Biemer scored 10 straight over a 12-minute span in the first half to keep Penn in striking distance.
Biemer in Double Digits
You can almost surely expect to see senior Carrie Biemer score in double digits tonight. She has done so in 19 straight games. The last time she was held under the 10-point mark was Jan. 15, 2008 against Seton Hall. She leads the team in scoring this season with 13.8 ppg.
Power’s Career Start
For the first time in her collegiate career, sophomore Erin Power got the starting nod Wednesday. She has also had a career-best start to the season in many ways. She has set career-highs in minutes, steals, assists, and blocks, and has broken her career mark in rebounding three times this season. The team’s only player with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio had a team-high 39 minutes against Lafayette.
Penn came in to the week ranked fourth in the Ivy League in free throw percentage, sitting just below 70 percent. However, Wednesday’s effort may very likely catapult the Quakers to the top of the league as they had a season-best performance at over 84 percent from the stripe (16-19).
Penn has one game remaining before a 12-day break. The Quakers visit Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y., Sunday with a 2 p.m. start. Following the break, Penn hosts its neighbooring rival Drexel on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tip-off against the Dragons is at noon.
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