PHILADELPHIA - It’s the start of a new season as arch rivals Penn and Princeton face off in the Ivy League opener for both teams Saturday at 6 p.m. from Jadwin Gymnasium. Penn beat the Tigers in the season finale last year.
Catching the Game
Live stats, audio and video are available at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Also, a full recap and box score will be available on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series
Penn snapped a five-game Princeton win streak in the series when the team’s last met. The Tigers lead the overall series with 44 wins in the first 65 meetings, but Penn has won 11 of the last 19despite that five-game streak. It has been three seasons since the Quakers last won inside Jadwin Gymnasium. That came in 2005head coach Patrick Knapp’s first seasonby way of a double-overtime thriller, 61-59.
About the Tigers
Princeton just broke a five-game losing streak with a decisive win over Rider on Jan. 6 (the Quakers play Rider on Tuesday). Princeton has been especially strong at home this season. The Tigers are 5-9 overall, but have won four of their five home games. The Tigers, who may start as many as three freshmen against the Quakers, are led by sophomore Addie Micir’s 12.4 ppg. Frosh Devona Allgood is the team’s top rebounder at a clip of 6.3 rebounds per game and leads the team with 18 blocks. Senior guard Jessica Berry has started all but one game and heads the Tigers with 35 assists. Senior Whitney Downs is the team’s steals leader thus far with 22. Penn shares two common opponents thus far with the Tigers. Each team lost games on the road to Lehigh and Lafayette.
Penn has been tied or leading at the half in seven of the last nine games ... The Quakers have held three opponents under 50 points this season and are second overall in the Ivy League in scoring defense ... Penn has shot over 40 percent in two straight games ... Four different players have led the team in rebounding at least once.
Basketball is played indoors, but the dark has been unkind to the Quakers, they are 0-6 at night ... Penn is also 0-2 on Saturday’s ... The opponent has shot between 60-69 percent from the free throw line in all of Penn’s wins ... Senior Kelly Scott has taken exactly four shots from the charity stripe in each of the last three games to tie her career highshe has matched that number 11 times, but never surpassed it.
Ivy Winning Ways
Penn finished strong in Ivy play last season, winning three of the last four games, including the finale at home against Princeton. In addition to its fourth Ivy win in five tries, Penn will also be going for its second straight Ivy road win. They won at Columbia in the road finale last season.
Biemer Leads Scoring Title Race
Senior Carrie Biemer is currently leading the Ivy League in scoring with an average of 18.5 points per game. Biemer has been especially potent on the offensive end as of late. She has scored 20 or more points in six of the last seven games, averaging 21.9 ppg in that span.
Last Time Out
Another late lead for Penn was foiled as La Salle hit the game winning three with 2.3 seconds left to win 61-58 in a Big 5 matchup at The Palestra. Senior Carrie Biemer’s 26 points weren’t enough to hold off the late surge in which the Explorers scored the game’s final 12 points. Penn held a 58-49 advantage with 2:54 left, but La Salle whittled down the lead, tying the Quakers at 58-58 on two free throws with 42 seconds left. After the Quakers’ missed a jumper on the next possession, La Salle got the ball to their top scorer - Ashley Gale - who buried the three. La Salle made each of its first five shots and eight of the first 10 for a quick 19-8 lead seven minutes in. The Quakers buckled down, forcing the Explorers into 10 straight missed shots and holding them scoreless for the next 8:05. In that time, Penn scored 13 points of its own, capped by senior Kelly Scott’s step back foul line jumper for a 21-19 lead. La Salle would eventually take a 30-26 lead at the break. Penn dominated the start of the second half. Biemer scored 13 straight and the Quakers defense held La Salle to just one basket for the first eight minutes. In all, it was a 17-2 run that gave Penn its largest lead of the night at 43-32. Scott, who would finish the game with 19 points for the second straight contest, kept Penn ahead, thwarting several La Salle runs. She converted a three-point play when the Explorers had closed to within seven with 10 minutes to go. Then, four minutes later, with the Penn advantage down to three, she hit a three from the wing to push it to a two possession game. The teams alternated buckets for the next three minutes before La Salle made its run.
A Penn Win Would...
... make the Quakers 4-9 overall.
... make the Quakers 1-0 in Ivy play for the first time since 2005.
... be the fourth win in the last seven games.
... be the second straight against Princeton.
Coming up are the final two non-conference games of the season. Penn heads to New Jersey to take on Rider at 7 p.m. on Tuesday before hosting Seton Hall of the Big East Conference at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.
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