Women's Basketball Opens Ivies with Princeton, Saturday

Penn vs. Princeton Game Notes (PDF)

Penn (4-7) returns home to open Ivy League action Saturday at The Palestra against Princeton (6-8). The game will tip off at 7 p.m.

The game can be heard live via a PennAthletics.com webcast. Chris Zervoudis will provide the play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on PennAthletics.com.

Flirting With 1,000
With 995 career points, senior tri-captain Joey Rhoads is just five points shy of becoming the 17th Quaker to eclipse 1,000 points. Fellow senior Monica Naltner has further to go, but with 209 points through just 11 games this season and currently 725 in her career, she could also crack 1,000 before the end of the season. She needs to average 17.2 ppg through the remaining 16 games to hit the mark. Top of the League
Naltner and Rhoads not only lead Penn in scoring, but all of the Ivy League. The latest League stats (compiled Jan. 2) list one or both of the seniors in the top-10 of 10 statistical categories. Double Vision
Five Quakers have scored in double digits in at least one game this season—Naltner (10), Rhoads (9), Carrie Biemer (2), Lauren Pears (2) and Maggie Burgess (1). In addition, Naltner has scored in the 20s in three games and the 30s in one while Rhoads has tallied 20 or more in four games this season. On the Glass
Naltner leads the Ivy League in defensive rebounds per game, pulling down an average of 5.30 drpg. She is sixth in the League’s overall rebounding. Did You Catch All That?
The Quakers are 17-15 in their Ivy openers, 4-6 when opening against Princeton, 6-6 when opening at home and 1-3 when opening at home against Princeton. Home Court Advantage?
The Red and Blue is 202-197 at The Palestra since the 1974-75 season. The 200th win was recorded on Feb. 17, 2006 against Ivy League foe Columbia (a 64-49 decision). Quaker Quickies
Monica Naltner scored 37 points against Lafayette. The mark tied for sixth on Penn’s all-time most points in a game list. Penn scored 78 points against Lafayette, Dec. 9. It was the most points scored in Patrick Knapp’s tenure with the Quakers. His teams produced more than 70 in six other games. Penn is 5-2 when scoring 70 or more points under Knapp. The Quakers defeated Lehigh by one point on Nov. 16. The Red and Blue have played in four one-point games under Knapp. Penn is 2-2 in those games. Pears leads the team in assists (43) and steals (24). She is fifth in the League for assists and fourth in steals. Naltner was named the Ivy League Player the of Week, Nov. 20. It was her first such honor. She earned co-player of the week honors from the Ivy League and outright honors from the Big 5 on Dec. 11. Rhoads was named the Big 5 Player of the Week, Jan. 2. It was her first such honor. Penn has just two juniors on the roster this season—guards Kimberly Franklin and Brilynne Parrish. Two sophomores are regular starters for Penn—Anca Popovici and Maggie Burgess. Burgess ranks fifth among the Ivies in blocked shots with eight this season. A new addition to the sophomore class is transfer Sarah Bucar. Though she will practice with the team, Bucar will not compete during the 2006–07 season in compliance with NCAA regulations. Initially recruited by Coach Knapp at Georgetown, Bucar opted to attend West Virginia after Knapp left Georgetown. After averaging 14.1 minutes a game as back-up to WVU’s Ashley Powell—one of the nation’s top freshmen last season—Bucar will take a season to learn Penn’s system and become a game contributor in the 2007–08 season. Hailing from the far stretches of the country, Penn welcomes this year’s freshmen—Amy Donovan (Battle Ground, Wash.), Carolyn Miller (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Caitlin Slover (Southampton, Pa.) and Rachel Williams (Miami, Fla.). Donovan was the first freshman to see any minutes this season. She has played in three games registering one steal and one rebound. Slover has seen significant playing time since her debut against Delaware, Nov. 29. She is currently averaging 11 minutes per game. Miller also got into a game, scoring two points and pulling down one boards in two minutes of playing time against Loyola (Dec. 31).

Scouting Princeton...

Princeton’s lineup has been varied to say the least. The Tigers have used seven lineups in 14 games this season. In the most recent outing Casey Lockwood, Meagan Cowher, Ariel Rogers, Whitney Downs and Jessica Berry were in, though for the first time. Only Cowher and Lockwood have started every game. All 17 players on the Tiger roster have seen game time with all but two averaging more than five minutes a game. Nine figure in double-digits. Meagan Cowher leads the Tigers with 16.8 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Lockwood is the other Princeton player scoring in double digits this season averaging 10.6 ppg. Last time out...Princeton led start-to-finish against Lafayette with Meagan Cowher pouring in a season-high 27 points to lead the Tigers to a 79-32 victory. Princeton is 5-0 when outrebounding its opponent. The Tigers lead the Ivy League in made threes (79).

Download: WBB_1-6-07_Princeton.pdf