PHILADELPHIA - Its the final road trip in the careers of Penn’s four seniors. And with it, they will try to complete their first season sweep of Yale and Brown since the 2006-07 season. The team will be at Yale on Friday and at Brown on Saturday with each game tipping off at 7 p.m.
Catching the Games
Live stats are available on the websites of the opposition as are a full recap and box score on PennAthletics.com.
In the Series
Penn has won five of the last six meetings with the Bulldogs, which includes the last two games played in New Haven, Conn. Overall, the Quakers currently hold a 32-39 advantage in the all-time series after defeating Yale by 16 on Feb. 14. Penn will look to even the all-time series with Brown on Saturday. After the Quakers defeated the Bears on Feb. 13, Brown’s lead in the series is now just 31-30.
About the Bulldogs
Yale has dropped three straight with Penn’s 62-46 win over the Bulldogs on Feb. 14 starting the streak. Yale’s three Ivy wins have come against Brown, Columbia and Princeton. Penn lost to Columbia and Princeton, but also beat Brown. Melissa Colbourne remains second in the Ivy League behind Penn’s Carrie Biemer in scoring. Colbourne leads the Bulldogs with 16.2 ppg and is second on the team with 64 assists. Mady Gobrecht is tops in that category with 82 and averages seven rebounds per game. Jamie Van Horne torched the Quakers from the three-point line in the last meeting, going 5-for-6. Van Horne leads the team with 57 threes. Yale is third in the Ancient Eight in scoring at 63.3 ppg, but are second to last in giving up 66.2 ppg. The Bulldogs claim the best three-point defense in the League and rank second in assists and blocked shots.
About the Bears
Brown has won just one home game to date as its Ivy win game on the road at Yale. Since that win, Brown has dropped its last nine games and all by double digits. Sadiea Williams is the Bears’ leading scorer at 7.0 ppg with Natalie Bonds at 6.9 ppg. Bonds also stands as the team’s top rebounder at 5.3 rpg. Courtney Lee is the only Bear to start all 24 games and leads the team with 63 steals, 73 assists and nearly 34 minutes played per game. Lee leads the Ancient Eight with her 2.6 steals per game. Brown ranks last in the Ivy League in most offensive categories, but are second in the League in steals.
Ivy League Leaders
Entering the weekend, sophomore Erin Power leads the Ivy League in assist-to-turnover ratio, while senior Carrie Biemer is currently leading the Ivy League scoring title race and is the top three-point shooter. Power has accumulated a team-leading 82 assists. Meanwhile, she has just 42 turnovers in 592 minutes of action. The plus-40 margin and 2.0 ratio are both tops among the Ancient Eight. Biemer is averaging 18.0 points per game. Biemer is tops in scoring without even ranking in the League’s top 10 in minutes played. She also leads the league in three-point shooting percentage at 41.5 percent.
National Leaders (Top 50) Entering the Weekend
With her Ivy leading assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.95, Power ranks 19th in the nation, while Biemer ranks 26th in the country with a three-point percentage of 41.5 and is also 38th in the country.
Current Quakers on the All-Time Charts:
Most Points Career
1. 2,415 Diana Caramanico (1998-2001)
2. 1,743 Jewel Clark (2001-2004)
3. 1,656 Kirsten Brendel (1988-91)
4. 1,293 Dionne Anthon (1989-92)
5. 1,265 Natasha Rezek (1991-93, 1994-96)
6. 1,217 Karen Habrukowich (2002-05)
7. 1,210 Joey Rhoads (2003-07)
8. 1,202 Cheryl Rath (1986-89)
9. 1,103 Shelly Bowers (1992-95)
10. 1,093 Auretha Fleming (1981-84)
11. 1,076 Mandy West (1999-2000)
12. 1,059 June Stambaugh (1983-86)
13. 1,051 Erin Ladley (1998-2001)
14. 1,045 Jen Dorfmeister (1989-92)
15 1,027 Carrie Biemer (2005-present)
Most 3-Point Field Goals Season
1. 77 Mandy West (19992000)
2. 70 Colleen Kelly (199798)
3. 64 Mandy West (199899)
4. 61 Karen Habrukowich (200405)
5. 61 Jen Dorfmeister (199091)
6. 59 Colleen Kelly (199697)
7. 58 Karen Habrukowich (200203)
8. 51 Carrie Biemer (2005-present)
9. 48 Mikaelyn Austin (200304)
Most 3-Point Field Goals Career
1. 196 Karen Habrukowich (200405)
2. 170 Colleen Kelly (199798)
3. 165 Joey Rhoads (2003-2007)
4. 160 Jen Dorfmeister (199091)
5. 141 Mandy West (19992000)
6. 126 Mikaelyn Austin (200304)
7. 118 Carrie Biemer (2005-present)
7. 118 Shelly Bowers (1992-95)
8. 103 Katina Banks (1992-95)
86 Kelly Scott (2005-present)
Last Time Out
Last weekend, Penn dropped two games to the top two teams in the Ivy League. On Friday, Carrie Biemer became the 18th player in Penn history to score 1,000 career points, but the Quakers fell, 55-36, to undefeated Dartmouth at Leede Arena. Biemer hit her third basket of the game at the 12:32 mark of the first half. The turnaround jumper in the lane pulled Penn within four, 16-12. Dartmouth went on a deadly run in the half’s final minute, scoring eight unanswered points in the last 60 seconds. It stretched the four-point deficit to 12 at the half, 29-17. Jerin Smith did her best to carry the Quakers on the offensive end in the second half. Over one stretch, Smith had eight straight points for the Red and Blue and 10 of 12. After a Smith lay in pulled Penn within eight, 39-31, with nine minutes to go, Dartmouth put the game away. The Big Green scored 10 straight points over the next five minutes to take a commanding 49-41 advantage. On Saturday, an upset of second-place Harvard was not in the cards as a furious second half comeback fell short for Penn, 69-54, at Lavietes Pavilion. The Quakers jumped out to an early lead - which they held for the first nine minutes of the game. Then, Harvard went on a 23-2 run as the Quakers managed just one basket over the next 10 minutes. When the dust settled, Harvard held a 31-18 lead at intermission. The Crimson eventually had their largest lead of the game at 47-29 with 12:51 to go. Biemer scored on the next four possessions though and with the help of the Quakers defense, guided Penn on an 11-0 run. Unfortunately, a variety of defenses wasn’t enough to stop the Ivy League’s top offense. Harvard got its lead back up to 13, 63-50 to put the game out of reach.
Penn closes the 2008-09 season with three straight home games, beginning with Cornell and Columbia on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The season finale against arch rival Princeton takes place March 10 at 5 p.m.
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