Penn vs. Cornell/Columbia Game Notes
PHILADELPHIA--The Quaker women's basketball team (4-8) hits the hardwood at The Palestra in another Ivy League weekend hosting Cornell (4-9)Friday and Columbia (3-10) Saturday. Both games are set to tip at 7 p.m. Friday is the League opener for Cornell. Columbia opens at Princeton, Friday night, before coming to The Palestra.
The game can be heard live via a PennAthletics.com webcast. Chris Zervoudis will provide the play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on PennAthletics.com.Top of the League
Monica Naltner and Rhoads not only lead Penn in scoring, but all of the Ivy League. They rank as one and two in scoring and one or both of the seniors in the top-10 of nine other statistical categories. On the Glass
Naltner leads the Ivy League in defensive rebounds per game, pulling down an average of 5.33 drpg. She is sixth in the League’s overall rebounding (7.2 rpg). A “Grand” Performance
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 19 more in the game and ranks as the 15th all-time scorer at Penn.
Fellow senior Naltner has further to go, but with 229 points through 12 games this season and 745 currently in her career, she could also crack 1,000 before the end of the season. She needs to average 17 ppg through the remaining 15 games to hit the mark. Double Vision
Five Quakers have scored in double digits in at least one game this seasonNaltner (11), Rhoads (10), Lauren Pears (3), Carrie Biemer (2) and Maggie Burgess (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. Did You Catch All That?
Over the last 20 years, the Quakers are an impressive 35-5 when hosting the New York travel partners. When playing Cornell first they are 17-3. Home Court Advantage?
The Red and Blue is 202-198 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).
Quaker QuickiesMonica Naltner scored 37 points against Lafayette. The mark tied for sixth on Penn’s all-time most points in a game list. Penn scored 78 points against Lafayette, Dec. 9. It was the most points scored in Patrick Knapp’s tenure with the Quakers. His teams produced more than 70 in six other games. Penn is 5-3 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 (49) and steals (27). She is fifth in the League for assists and fourth 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. Penn has just two juniors on the roster this seasonguards Kimberly Franklin and Brilynne Parrish. Two sophomores are regular starters for PennAnca Popovici and Maggie Burgess. Burgess ranks sixth among the Ivies in blocked shots with eight this season. Hailing from the far stretches of the country, Penn welcomes this year’s freshmenAmy Donovan (Battle Ground, Wash.), Carolyn Miller (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Caitlin Slover (Southampton, Pa.) and Rachel Williams (Miami, Fla.). Donovan was the first freshman to see any minutes this season. She has played insix games registering three steals and five rebounds. Slover has seen significant playing time since her debut against Delaware, Nov. 29. She is currently averaging 10.8 minutes per game. Miller also got into a game, scoring two points and pulling down one boards in two minutes of playing time against Loyola (Dec. 31).