Women's Basketball Hosts Princeton in Season Finale

GAME NOTES

PHILADELPHIA - Tuesday night marks the season finale for Penn as they take on arch rival Princeton at The Palestra. It will be the final game in the Red and Blue uniform for Penn’s four seniors. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.

Catching the Game
PennAthletics.com will provide a webcast. Live stats are available as are a full recap and box score on PennAthletics.com.

In the Series
Princeton extended its all-time series lead to 42-22 with a win over the Quakers on Jan. 10. The rival Tigers have won six of the last seven matchups after Penn had won five straight from 2003-2005. The Quakers lone win since then was in the season finale at The Palestra almost a year ago to the day.

Senior Finale
Seniors Carrie Biemer, Anca Popovici, Katarina Lackner and Kelly Scott, who were all honored in a ceremony prior to the Quakers’ game against Columbia Saturday night, will play the final game of their careers in front of the home crowd against Penn's biggest rival.

Biemer 13 From 500
Only four players have ever reached 500 points in one season in a Penn uniform. Biemer is just 13 away from becoming the fifth to do so as she has posted 487 thus far this season.

Magic Number
For the third straight game and the seventh time this season the Quakers held an opponent under 35-percent shooting from the floor when Columbia went just 21-of-64 (33%). Penn is 7-0 in those games. The Quakers are also 6-1 when allowing 50 or fewer points.

About the Tigers
Princeton is riding a four-game winning streak and have locked up third place in the Ivy League standings as they have swept Columbia, Cornell and Brown this season. The Tigers are led by Addie Micir’s 11.7 points per game. Lauren Edwards (9.6) and Whitney Downs (9.2) are also averaging nearly double digits in scoring. Devona Allgood leads the team in rebounds and blocked shots while averaging over seven points per game. Allgood is second among the Ivies in shooting percentage, making 52% of her shots, while Micir is the top three-point shooter in the League. Princeton leads the Ancient Eight in turnover margin and is second in the Ivy League in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and blocked shots.

A Penn Win Would...
... make the Quakers 10-18 overall and 7-7 in the Ivy League to finish the season.
... be the fourth straight overall and the fifth straight at home.
... make the Quakers 7-3 in their last nine Ivy games.

Last Time Out
Last weekend, Penn completed their second straight home sweep with wins over Cornell and Columbia. On Friday, three Quakers scored in double figures in a 62-50 win over Cornell. Carrie Biemer had a hand in each of Penn’s first four baskets as the Quakers jumped out to a 12-8 lead six minutes into the contest. Cornell went on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to grab their largest lead of the game, 21-12. However, Penn went on a furious 16-2 run to end the half and led 33-29 at the halfway point. The Quakers continued their torrid scoring pace into the early going of the second half. At 43-35, Penn scored four straight to go up by 12 and at 48-40 with 7:59 left, Slover hit a three from the top of the key to extend the lead to 51-40. Cornell was held without a basket for the next five minutes and when they did find nylon, Scott immediately responded with a baseline jumper, giving Penn a 55-42 lead with 2:42 to go. On Saturday, all four seniors played crucial roles for Penn in a 72-64 win over Columbia on Senior Day. The Quakers jumped out to a huge lead early on as the seniors combined for the team’s first 11 points. The Quakers were only getting started at that point. In all, Penn had outscored Columbia 22-4 after the Lions were within 7-5. Several mini-runs dominated most of the rest of the half as Columbia closed the gap to 44-35 at the half. The Lions hit threes on each of their first two possessions and were within three at the 19:05 mark. Penn wasn’t shaken though, battling basket for basket with Columbia for the next 10 minutes. The lead was eight with 5:12 to go. After forcing a turnover, Smith hit another jumper and after coersing yet another turnover, Biemer knocked down a jumper for a 68-56 lead at the 3:45 mark. Just over a minute later, Columbia was down just four, 68-64. However, Penn hit some free throws and held the Lions scoreless for the last 2:37.

Up Next
Penn begins preparations for the 2009-10 season.

Download: 3-10-09 Princeton2.pdf