Women's Basketball Looks to Continue Winning Ways Wednesday

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PHILADELPHIA - With a win Wednesday, Penn (3-1) would be off to the best five-game start in program history. The Quakers host Lafayette (2-4) at The Palestra at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $1 online (use promocode: dollartix).

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at PennAthletics.com for each game. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series vs. Lafayette
The two programs have met on the hardwood every season since 1977 (and twice in 1999-00) and in 36 all-time meetings, both sides have claimed victory 18 times. The Quakers broke a three-game losing skid to the Leopards with a 59-52 win in Easton, Pa., last season, but Lafayette still holds a three-game winning streak at The Palestra. Penn's last home win over their in-state rival was eight seasons ago on Jan. 20, 2004 (84-63).

About the Leopards
Lafayette has lost four of its first six, including an eight-point road loss at Rider - a team Penn beat at home a week later. Two losses have come to teams receiving votes in the Top 25. The Leopards have the top offensive rebounding team in the Patriot League and their 42 blocked shots are also a league high. They rank fourth among Patriot teams in scoring at 56.0 points per game, but have struggled from beyond the arc though, connecting on just 5-of-45 attempts (11.1%) so far this year. Sophomore Danielle Fiacco leads the Patriot League in scoring (15.3 ppg), field goal percentage (52.4%) and blocks (5.0), and is second in rebounding at 9.2 per game. Brya Freeland has a team-high 12 assists and eight steals.

Best Start Ever?
With a win Wednesday, the Quakers would be off to the best five-game start in program history. Now in its 42nd-year as a varsity program, Penn has never been 4-1. The team has already matched the best four-game start in school history and are 3-1 for the first time since the 1982-83 Quakers won three of their first four.

Penn Trends
Penn has had a freshman in its starting lineup for in 32 straight games ... The Quakers have used the same starting lineup in all four games ... Penn has forced at least 20 turnovers in each game this year ... In all six Ivy wins under Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers have not allowed more than 49 points and have won each by at least 11 points (avg. margin of victory is 15.6 ppg).

Watching the Record Books
Senior Jess Knapp leads the Ivy League in blocks with nearly twice as many as anyone in the league. With her 10 blocks this year, she has now moved into sole possession of fourth place in the school record book with a total of 88 career blocks. She passed Big 5 Hall of Famer Jewel Clark (2001-04), who had 82 during her time in the Red and Blue. Knapp had 40 blocks in 2009-10 - fifth-most in a single-season in school history. She then had 38 blocks last season (sixth in school history). She needed 22 entering this year to become just the fourth player in the history of the program with 100 career blocks.

Leading the Way
Its a little early to get too caught up in the statistics, but the Quakers are off to a great start. Sophomore Alyssa Baron leads the Ivy League in scoring (21.5 ppg), made threes (nine) and three-point percentage (47.4%). Knapp leads the league in blocks (2.5 bpg) and is second in rebounding (7.5). Freshman Kara Bonenberger leads the league in shooting percentage at 59.1 (13-0f-22).

Bonenberger Named Ivy Rookie of the Week (Video)
Freshman Kara Bonenberger was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week by the league office on Monday. A Walnutport, Pa., native, she averaged 8.0 points and 7.5 rebounds on 7-of-12 (58.3%) shooting as the Quakers split two games last week. She had five points and a career-best seven rebounds in Penn's only defeat of the season, 58-47, on the road against Big 5 rival La Salle Tuesday night then followed that performance with a career high 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds to best her previous carrer high set earlier in the week.

Halftime Deficit
With the youngest team in the Ivy League, the Quakers did not wilt when trailing by seven at halftime and nine in the second half in the season opener against St. Francis (N.Y.). In fact, the victory marked the largest halftime deficit Penn has overcome under head coach Mike McLaughlin. Entering the game, Penn was 1-37 when trailing at the half in the last two seasons (11-5 when leading). In addition, the nine-point deficit early in the second half was the largest overcome in a win for Penn since 2008-09.

Charge for a Cure!
November: American Cancer Society
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 the American Cancer 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.

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Last Game: 4
November Total: 12
Season Total: 12

Last Time Out
Trailing 9-5 six minutes into the game, Penn held Niagara without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes and went on a 14-0 run. Freshman Kara Bonenberger gave Penn its first lead, 10-9 at the 12:02 mark. The Quakers never trailed again. The Quakers led 27-19 at the half and just a minute into the second, a Baron free throw and a lay up from senior Jess Knapp gave Penn a double-digit lead it would not relinquish. Niagara closed its deficit to 36-26 with 14:11 left, but a quick 7-1 run gave the Red and Blue complete control, 43-27, with 10:38 to play. The lead grew to as many as 20 when Baron, who leads the Ivy League in scoring, drained another jumper with 5:38 left. Both teams traded buckets down the stretch until Niagara scored the last four points to close the final gap to 14.

Up Next
The Quakers have a quick turnaround to take on third-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend on Friday night. Penn has never beaten a team ranked in the AP Top 25.

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