Women's Basketball Hunts For a Win at Marist

Game 8

Penn (3-4)atMarist(2-3)
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. -James J. McCannCenter
Dec. 11, 2004

Series:Penn 2, Marist 2

Game Notes: Game 8 - Penn at Marist

On the Road Again - Penn heads back on the road to face yet another team the Quakers saw on the hardwood during the 2003-04 season. Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion Marist is the Red and Blue’s next opponent. Penn defeated the Red Foxes, 86-78, at The Palestra.

Show Me the Moni - Sophomore forward Monica Naltner poured in a career-high 13 points against Temple at the Liacouras Center on Dec. 8. Naltner has started all seven games for the Quakers this season and her production against the Owls was the second game of her career with double digits in the scoring column. The Cincinnati, Ohio native dropped 10 points on Harvard in the 2003-04 regular season finale.

All Rights Reserved - Despite a Big 5 loss to Temple, Penn’s bench outscored the Owls’, 21-4. The reserves were led by sophomore guard Joey Rhoads who scored 11 points off the bench. Also scoring for the Penn bench bunch was Katie Kilker with four points and Lauren Pears, Ashley Gray and Kimberly Franklin, all with two points apiece.

Approaching a Milestone - Karen Habrukowich is looking for acceptance into a very exclusive club. The senior starting guard needs 63 points to become only the 16th Penn women’s basketball player with 1,000 points in a career. Through 83 games, Habrukowich has amassed 937 points for an 11.3 points per game scoring average. If she scores her average, the Newtown, Pa. native should join the 1000-point club against Lehigh on Jan. 18, 2005.

National Attention - Heading into the Big 5 showdown at Temple, Penn was ranked ninth in the nation in three-point accuracy with a 44.4 percent team average (32-for-72). Cat Makarewich was ranked second in the country in three-point field-goal percentage at 66.7 (12-for-18). Jennifer Fleischer was ranked 37th in the nation with 9.7 rebounds per game.

Coaching the Quakers - Patrick Knapp enters his first season at the helm of the Penn women's basketball program after spending 18 seasons at Georgetown. Knapp led the Hoyas to two Big East championships and was named the Big East Conference Coach of the Year for the 1992-93 season.

Dec. 1, 2003 - Penn defeated Marist, 86-78, in its home season opener last year. The Red Foxes led at the half but the Quakers outscored their opponent, 49-39, in the second half to earn the eight-point victory. That win was the beginning of a seven-game run without a loss for the Red and Blue in The Palestra. Penn had four scorers in double figures with Cat Makarewich scoring 11 in a starting role and Joey Rhoads pouring in a then-career-high 15 on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Top Marist returnee, Kristin Keller was one of four Red Foxes to hit double digits, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Coaching the Red Foxes - Brian Giorgis is in his third season as the head coach of the Marist women’s basketball team and he already has a MAAC championship under his belt. The Red Foxes finished the 2003-04 regular season with a 20-10 record, only its second 20-win season in program history, and an 11-5 mark in in-conference play. The conference title earned Marist its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Foxes battled Oklahoma in Tempe, Ariz., losing, 58-45 in the first round.

Quakers Honored - Every week the Big 5 and the Ivy League honor those that have shined on the basketball court during the previous week’s contests. The following is a list of Quakers who have received one or both of these honors: Big 5 — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24); Jennifer Fleischer (Dec. 7). Ivy League — Cat Makarewich (Nov. 24).

Listen to Penn Hoops - Listen to Penn women’s basketball on the radio and online. The Quakers have three games broadcast on XPN - 88.5 FM this season. The Red and Blue also have several contests that will air LIVE on www.pennathletics.com.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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