Women's Basketball Plays Final Big 5 Game of the Season

Penn vs. Saint Joseph's Game Notes (PDF)

Penn (6-9) plays its last Philadelphia Big 5 game Wednesday at the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on City Line. Taking on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (10-8), the Quakers will look to earn their first Big 5 win and keep their two-game winning streak alive. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Top of the League
Monica Naltner and Joey Rhoads not only lead Penn in scoring, but are also among the top five scorer in the Ivy League. Naltner’s 17.3 ppg is third and Rhoads’ 16.9 is fourth. Princeton’s Meagan Cowher with 19.0 ppg. One or both of the seniorsr are also in the top-10 of 10 other statistical categories. On the Glass
Naltner leads the Ivy League in defensive rebounds per game, pulling down an average of 5.27 drpg. She is sixth in the League’s overall rebounding (7.1 rpg). Against the A-10
Penn is 17-98 all-time against teams currently in the Atlantic 10, including losses to La Salle, Temple and Xavier earlier this season. A “Grand” Performance
Senior tri-captain Rhoads became the 17th Quaker to reach 1,000 points in her career less than two minutes into her 94th game at Penn. The senior started the game with 995 points. She hit a three-pointer and was fouled moments later where she made both shots from the line to sit at an even 1,000. Rhoads went on to 19 more in the game. Fellow senior Naltner has further to go, but with 259 points through 15 games this season and 775 currently in her career, she could also crack 1,000 before the end of the season. She needs to average 18.7 ppg through the remaining 12 games to hit the mark. Alumnae Honored
Penn is home again Feb. 2-3 to face Brown and Yale. Prior to Saturday’s Yale game, Penn will host an Alumnae Game. The Quakers will also take time that evening to recognize Rhoads’ 1000th point in a pregame ceremony. Double Vision
Eight Quakers have scored in double digits in at least one game this season—Naltner (13), Rhoads (12), Lauren Pears (6), Carrie Biemer (2), Ashley Gray (2), Maggie Burgess (1), Anca Popovici (1) and Kelly Scott (1). In addition, Naltner has scored in the 20s in four games and the 30s in one while Rhoads has tallied 20 or more in five games this season and Gray has marked one game in the 20s. Home Court Advantage?
The Red and Blue is 204-200 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). Looking Back...
Penn has played five games on Jan. 24 and is 2-3 on the date. The Quakers met Saint Joseph’s on this date in 1984, but lost, 64-46.
1/24/78at Chestnut HillW91-32
1/24/84at Saint Joseph’sL46-64
1/24/06at LASALLEL49-67

Quaker Quickies

Sophomore Anca Popoviciwill celebrate her 21st on game day. 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 80 points against Columbia, Jan. 13. It was the most points scored in Patrick Knapp’s tenure with the Quakers. His teams produced more than 70 in seven other games. Penn is 6-3 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 (65) and steals (34). She is third in the League for assists and second 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 10th 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 regulsations. 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.) and Caitlin Slover (Southampton, Pa.). Donovan was the first freshman to see any minutes this season (vs. Rider, Nov. 19). She has played in six games registering three steals, five rebounds and one assist. Slover has seen significant playing time since her debut against Delaware, Nov. 29. She is currently averaging 9.5 minutes per game. Miller also got into a game, scoring two points and pulling down one board in two minutes of playing time against Loyola (Dec. 31).

Scouting Saint Joseph’s...

Trailing by as many as eight in the opening stanza, Saint Joseph’s downed Saint Louis, 70-68, Sunday at Bauman-Everhardt Center for head coach Cindy Griffin’s 150th career win. The Hawks are led by Ayahna Cornish who is averaging 15.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Also averging in double-figures is Jen Oyler with 10.4 ppg. Last season ...
Undefeated Saint Joseph’s (7-0) came to The Palestra in early December and left with a 70-57 victory. The Quakers played the majority of the second half Naltner, who left with a knee injury.

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