PHILADELPHIA - Before Penn gets back into Ivy League play for good, the Quakers (7-5) have three more non-conference games remaining. The first of which is at home on Wednesday against Richmond (9-6). The Spiders are making their first appearance at The Palestra since 1994, while the Red and Blue have won 13 of the last 14 at The Cathedral of College Basketball. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Remembering Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis
The Penn women's basketball program and the University of Pennsylvania will welcome the Doyle family on Wednesday. Beloved Philadelphia native and Richmond associate head coach Ginny Doyle, and Richmond Director of Basketball Operations Natalie Lewis lost their lives in a tragic accident last May. A moment of silence will be observed prior to the game in remembrance of Ginny and Natalie, and all fans are encouraged to leave a donation at the stand outside the ticket office (or make tax-deductible donations here:https://uronline.net/givetomemorial)for the Natalie Lewis and Ginny Doyle Memorial Funds -- an effort to start an athletic scholarship at the University of Richmond,where Natalie was a four-year letterwinner for the swim team, and Ginny spent 15 seasons as a coach and rewrote the record books as a player for the Spiders.
Catching the Game
If you can't make it out to The Palestra, fans can watch the non-conference matchup on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN.tv). Live stats can be found on at PennAthletics.com. Live twitter updates (@PennWBB) are also available. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series vs. Richmond: Seventh Meeting
Penn and Richmond have met on the hardwood six times. The Spiders have won all six. These programs first met in 1988 and last played on Nov. 25, 1995, where the Spiders won in Richmond, 81-76 in overtime. Penn last hosted the Spiders on New Years Eve in 1994, and the visitors escaped with a 68-65 victory over the Quakers. Head Coach Mike McLaughlin is 6-11 all-time against the Atlantic-10, but has won four of the last five, including a 2-0 mark this year with double-digit victories over La Salle and Saint Joseph’s.
Top 10 in the Nation
Penn ranks sixth in the nation as a team with 6.7 blocks per game. The Quakers have nearly double the amount of blocks as every other team in the Ivy League as Yale is second in the Ivies with 3.9 blocks per game. Sydney Stipanovich is 18th in the nation and leads the Ivy League with 3.1 blocks per game. Freshman Michelle Nwokedi is second in the league with 1.4 per game and Kara Bonenberger is eighth with just under 1.0 per contest.
Magic Number: 60
The statistic that may most indicate a Penn win or loss? 60 points. Since head coach Mike McLaughlin took over at Penn, the Quakers are 52-9 (.852) when they score 60 points, including 25-1 over the last two seasons (only loss was to Texas in NCAA Tournament, 79-61). In comparison, the Quakers are just 21-74 (.221) when they’ve scored less than 60 points under Coach McLaughlin. The trend continues defensively. Over the last six seasons, the Red and Blue are 14-51 (.215) when allowing more than 60 points. But when holding opponents under that number, the Quakers hold a healthy winning record of 59-32 (.648).
Penn is 29-10 (.743) in its last 39 games ... Penn has won 13 of the last 14 at The Palestra ... The Quakers have won 18 of the last 19 and are 36-2 (.947) over the last three seasons when shooting better than 40 percent ... The Red and Blue have won 16 of the last 17 games when their free throw percentage is better than 70 percent ... Penn has won 33 of the last 35 games when outrebounding its opponent ... Penn is 20-1 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring more than 70 points and undefeated in regulation as the only loss came in double overtime, 88-84, at Harvard in 2011.
Senior Kara Bonenberger has started 75 straight games and Kathleen Roche has started 44 in a row ... Senior Renee Busch has multiple threes in four straight games ... Freshman Anna Ross has four or more assists in six of the last seven games and a steal in five straight games ... Freshman Michelle Nwokedi has five or more rebounds in five straight games and has played no more than 13 minutes in each ... Junior Brooklyn Juday and sophomore Sade Gibbons each have a rebound in every game they’ve played.
A Penn Win Would...
... be the first-ever over Richmond.
... extend the home winning streak to five games.
... mark the 13th in the last 14 games at The Palestra.
... make the Quakers 3-0 against Atlantic-10 competition this season.
... be the fourth in the last five games and make the Quakers 8-5 this season.
A Penn Loss Would...
... be the second straight loss and make the Quakers 7-6 this season.
... be less good than a win.
Last Time Out
It was a tall task as Penn went on the road to take on a nationally-ranked and unbeaten opponent seeking revenge from a loss to the Quakers in the de facto Ivy League championship game last season. The Quakers hung with No. 22 Princeton throughout the first half on Saturday, but a big second-half run anchored an 83-54 win for the Tigers at Jadwin Gym. Princeton jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the opening minutes. Kara Bonenberger sparked a 7-0 run with a layup, and Kathleen Roche drained a three to cap the run and close the Penn deficit to 14-12 with 12:08 to play in the opening half. Princeton answered with five straight and eventually extended its lead to 13. Penn got within 10 at the break, 35-25. The game was decided in the opening minutes of the second half, however. Princeton opened with an 18-4 run to open up a 53-29 lead, and Penn was never again within 20.
Two more non-conference games remain, including one final Big 5 contest. Villanova visits The Palestra for a 5:30 p.m. start on Wednesday—the first game of a doubleheader with the men, who tip off against Monmouth at 8 p.m. The Quakers have already clinched a share of the Big 5 title, but can win the city championship outright with a win over the Wildcats. Penn then wraps up its non-league schedule with a road contest at NJIT on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.
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