Women's Basketball Hosts Yale, Brown and Play 4Kay

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PHILADELPHIA - A five-game Ivy homestand comes to an end this weekend for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team (8-9, 1-2 Ivy) after they take on Yale (11-7, 3-1 Ivy) Friday and then host the annual Play 4Kay game in the fight against breast cancer on Saturday against Brown (11-7, 2-2 Ivy). Tip off for both games is at 7 p.m.

Catching the Games
Video and live stats will be available on the Penn Sports Network (PSN) at PennAthletics.com. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

Play 4Kay - Saturday at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the team's annual Play 4Kay game - formerly known as "Pink Zone" - will be donated to Penn's Rena Rowan Breast Center at the Abramson Cancer Center. Promotions include giveaways, free food for students and several raffle prizes. Fans are encouraged to wear something pink to the game. For more information, click here.

In the Series vs. Yale/Brown
This will mark Penn's 69th all-time meeting against both of these teams. Yale leads the overall series 35-33. Coach McLaughlin has yet to defeat the Bulldogs in four tries. Penn's last win over Yale came at The Palestra in 2009. Since their first matchup at The Palestra in 1976, the Quakers own an 18-15 series lead at home. Penn and Brown have split the first 68 meetings with 34 wins apiece. The Quakers own a 20-13 edge inside The Palestra, including wins in four of the last five in Philadelphia. Brown swept this series in 2010 with two double-digit wins, but the Quakers returned the favor with the same sweep last season.

About the Bulldogs
Yale has won three of its first four Ivy contests, including a 3-0 mark on the road. Overall, the Bulldogs are 11-7 with losses to No. 1 Baylor and No. 12 Delaware. Penn and Yale have had two common opponents, both teams beat St. Francis (N.Y.) and Army. The Bulldogs are second in the Ivies with 67.2 points per game, but second-to-last in allowing 65.3 per game. They are first in the league with a 31.5 three-point percentage, but last in the Ivies in field goal defense (42.8%) and three-point defense (33.3%). However, Yale is first in the league in assists, second in steals and first in turnover margin. Megan Vasques leads the Bulldogs and is fifth in the league with 14.7 points per game. Janna Graf leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game and averages 10.9 points per contest. Graf is also the team’s top three-point shooter at 36.5 percent. Aarica West is fourth in the Ivies with 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Arrice Bryant’s 16 blocks rank third in the Ivies.

About the Bears
Brown has split its first four Ivy games and is 11-7 overall this year. The Bears boast wins over Providence, Rhode Island and Albany this year. They have one opponent in common with the Quakers—both teams lost to NJIT by four. The Bears are one of four Ivy teams to average more than 60 points per game. They are second in the league in three-point shooting (31.3%). Defensively, they rank second in the league in field goal defense (37.4%) and third in three-point defense (29.3%). They are third in the league with 9.2 steals per game and turnover margin (+2.4). Sheila Dixon (13.6 ppg) and Hannah Passafuime (12.5) lead the Bears in scoring. Dixon has a team-high 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest, while Passafuime has a team-high 49 assists. Lindsay Nickel is third in the Ivies with a 45.3 shooting percentage. Lauren Clarke is the team’s top three-point shooter at 35.8 percent.

Penn Trends
Penn is 6-1 when scoring more than 50 points ... A freshman or sophomore has led the team in scoring in 23 of the last 24 games ... Penn has had a freshman in its starting lineup for in 45 straight games ... The Quakers are 7-3 this year when they have fewer turnovers than their opponent ... Penn has forced at least 16 turnovers in each win this year ... Senior Jess Knapp is 15 points away from reaching 500 for her career ... In all seven Ivy wins under Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers have not allowed more than 50 points and have won each by at least 11 points (avg. margin of victory is 17.0 ppg).

With and Without Knapp
Senior captain Jess Knapp has decided to play on two torn knee ligaments instead of opting for career-ending knee surgery. She has been a stabilizing force over the past three seasons for the Quakers. Prior to missing five games with her current injury, she had started all but four games and had played in 66 straight for Penn. Without her in the starting lineup, Penn is just 2-9 with six of those losses by 18 or more points. This season, the Quakers are 8-3 with Knapp in the lineup full-time and 0-6 without.

Two Penn Wins Would...
... mark the first home sweep of Yale and Brown since 2009.
... break a five-game losing streak to Yale.
... make the Quakers 8-3 at The Palestra this year.
... make the Quakers 10-9 overall and 3-2 in Ivy play.

A Penn Win Would...
... mark the third straight Ivy weekend split for the Quakers dating back to last season.
... be the third straight weekend split against Yale and Brown.
... make the Quakers 9-10 on the year and 2-3 in Ivy play.

Two Penn Losses Would...
... mark the second time in three years the Quakers were swept at home by Yale and Brown.
... make the Quakers 8-11 on the year and 1-4 in Ivy play.
... be less good than two wins.

Charge for a Cure!
February: ALS Foundation
The women's basketball team is again dedicating its entire season to the fight against several diseases and the team needs your help. Last season, the team started an initiative which they have coined the "Charge for a Cure" program. The team raised more than $4,000 through the initiative last year. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program - American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, the ALS Foundation, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This month, the Quakers will be taking charges for Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. For more information and to donate to "Charge for a Cure," click here.

Join Today!
Last Game: 1
November Total: 13
December Total: 8
January Total: 4
Season Total: 25

Last Time Out
It was a split weekend for the Quakers. Penn topped Columbia, 75-50, on Friday, but fell to Cornell, 67-53, Sunday afternoon. Against the Lions, five players scored in double figures and senior captain Jess Knapp returned to the floor despite two torn ligaments in her left knee. Renee Busch, who finished with a career-high 20 points, had the first seven points and a Jackie Kates three gave Penn a 10-2 edge just 2:28 into the game. Columbia closed to within 17-10, but Busch hit another three to start a 13-4 run. That gave the Quakers a 30-14 advantage with 6:23 left in the half. It was 55-42 when the Quakers broke the game open for good. The Red and Blue defense held the Lions without a field goal for the next 5:51. On Sunday, the Penn lead was 13-10 when Cornell’s offense took over. The Big Red scored on nine straight possessions to end the half. Cornell’s zone held the Quakers without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the second half and the Big Red lead had grown to 39-25 at that point. Down 50-37 with 8:02 to play, Penn went on a 9-3 run. However, the seven-point deficit turned into 14 with seven straight points from the Big Red. The Quakers were never closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Up Next
A four-game Ivy road swing ensues for the Quakers. Penn will be on the road each of the next two weekends. The first brings the Red and Blue to Harvard on Feb. 10 and Dartmouth on Feb. 11.

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