Women's Basketball Hosts Senior Day at The Palestra Saturday

Game Notes

PHILADELPHIA - Home Sweet Home. It’s been nearly a month since the Quakers played at The Palestra, but they will do so for the final three games of the 2008-09 season with Senior Day against Columbia at 8 p.m. Saturday. Penn enters March after going 4-4 in the month of February, including a 2-0 record at The Palestra.

Catching the Games
Chris Zervoudis and Ted Rawlings will provide the call for the PennAthletics.com webcast. Live stats are available as are a full recap and box score on PennAthletics.com.

Welcome Back
Cornell head coach Dayna Smith returns to The Palestra where she served as a Quaker assistant coach for three seasons, including Penn’s undefeated Ivy team in 2000-01.

Senior Day
Penn will honor its four graduating seniors—Carrie Biemer, Anca Popovici, Katarina Lackner and Kelly Scott—in a ceremony prior to the Quakers’ game against Columbia at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

In the Series
Penn leads the series with Cornell, 45-13, which includes a come-from-behind victory from the Quakers on Feb. 7 in Ithaca, N.Y. However, the Big Red have had some success at The Palestra of late, winning the last three games there. Penn fell at Columbia on Feb. 6 and has lost three of the last four to the Lions. Overall, Columbia leads the series 31-13.

Magic Number
For the fifth time this season the Quakers held an opponent under 35-percent shooting from the floor when Brown went just 19-of-59 (32%). Penn is 5-0 in those games. The Quakers are also 5-1 when allowing 49 or fewer points.

Penn’s overtime session at Lafayette on Dec. 3 marked the first time the Quakers had played past regulation since the 2005-06 season. Since then, the Quakers have played two more overtimes games—wins at Colgate and at Brown. Penn had not played three overtime games in a season since playing in four during the Ivy League championshp season in 2000-01.

Rebounding Numbers
Catilin Slover’s 13 rebounds at Brown matched Erin Power’s 13 rebounds at Cornell as a season-high for the Quakers. Prior to both of them reaching this mark, no Quaker had reached that amount in nearly three years—Nov. 19, 2006 when Monica Naltner had 16 against Rider.

Quick Quaker Notes

--Penn is now 7-8 in its last 15 Ivy games and 4-3 in the last seven.
--The 55 second half points at Cornell were the most since March 11, 2008 vs. Princeton (56).
--Penn has outrebounded its opponent in its last four wins (+35 or +8.75 per game).
--The Quakers have reached the free throw line on average of 24 times in their last four wins, combining to make an astounding 77.3 percent of those (75-of-97).

Approaching Career Milestones:
Some other approaching milestones that may be reached this season:
Player Category Milestone Current Number To Go
Kelly Scott Career Assists 100 87 13
Kelly Scott Career Threes 100 89 11
Anca Popovici Career Points 300 286 14

Last Time Out
Last weekend, Penn split two road Ivy games. On Friday, Erin Power had a career-high with 12 points as Penn held an early lead, but a strong start in the second half led Yale to a 61-51 win. Yale led 11-10 at the 14-minute mark, but Penn went on a run with the game’s next 10 points. Yale took back the lead at 25-24. Yale scored 13 of the second half’s first 17 points for a 40-31 lead six minutes in and Penn never fully recovered. Biemer, converted a three-point play to get within three, but Yale scored the next five for its largest lead of the game, 45-34. Yale extended its lead to 55-44 with just 2:32 left before Scott’s driving layup broke the offensive dry spell. Despite forcing several turnovers with a full court press and holding the Bulldogs without a field goal for the final 5:45, Yale held on. On Saturday, Caitlin Slover had a career day in leading Penn past a motivated Brown squad, 55-48 in overtime. Slover finished with her first collegiate double-double as she had career bests with 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was a frantic ending to regulation. Brown had the ball with the shot clock turned off and the game tied at 44-44, but Slover drew a charge with five seconds left. On the ensuing inbound, Penn lost the ball at halfcourt and the Bears picked it up and heaved a 25-footer at the buzzer. It was off the mark. The Quakers never trailed in overtime. Kelly Scott connected with Slover under the basket for an easy two and a 50-46 advantage with 3:05 to go. Brown found the bottom of the basket with 35 seconds left to pull within two. Slover then fouled hit both free throws to push the lead to 52-48 with 31 seconds to go. Slover then stole the ball on Brown’s next possession and hit two more free throws for an insurmountable six-point lead.

Up Next
Penn plays its season finale against arch rival Princeton on March 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Download: 3-6-09 Cornell and Columbia 2.pdf