Women's Basketball Preps for UMBC, Lafayette

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PHILADELPHIA - It is a quick turnaround after nearly defeating the 12th-ranked team in the nation in the home and season opener. The University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team plays its first three games in five days, including a tip off at UMBC less than 48 hours after a showdown with #12/14 Duke at The Palestra. Tip off in Baltimore, Md., is set for 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. tip off with Lafayette at home on Tuesday.

Charge for a Cure
Penn's charge-driven pledge drive returns this season in an effort to combat diabetes and pediatric cancer. Fans are asked to make a pledge for every charge the Quakers take this season. In its first four seasons, Penn's Charge for a Cure initiative has raised nearly $10,000 for various charities. For more information, click here, and to send a pledge, click here.

Catching the Games
Live video and stats for Sunday’s game will be on www.umbcretrievers.com. Fans can watch Tuesday’s game on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN.tv). Live twitter updates will also be available (@PennWBB). A complete recap, box score and highlights can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.

In the Series...
vs. UMBC: 46th Meeting
For the second straight year, the Quakers and Retrievers will match up for an early non-conference contest. When the two teams met at The Palestra last year, Penn walked away with the 69-63 victory thanks in large part to a 29-point, 14-rebound performance from now-junior captain Sydney Stipanovich. The squads had met twice previously, in 1999 and 2003, both also wins for the Quakers.

vs. Lafayette: 39th Meeting
Last year, when the Red and Blue made the trek to Easton, Pa., they were in for a tight contest - neither team led by more than five in the second half. Down one with five seconds left, then-freshman Anna Ross saw a layup roll out before the Leopards extended the lead to three on foul shots. Her classmate Beth Brzozowski got a look from three as time expired, but it wouldn’t fall, and the Leopards won, 60-57. The series between these two teams has been streaky, including a six-game streak for Lafayette and a seven-game one for the Quakers. The two have split their last four contests, however, and the Leopards hold a slim series advantage, 20-18.

Non-Conference Success
With the victory over Hofstra in the first round of the WNIT in 2014-15, Penn recorded 10 wins outside of league play and matched the school record for most non-conference win in a season (tying the Ivy championship team of 2013-14). Prior to Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers had won nine non-league games only once in program history, but have done so in each of the last three years. Penn also set a school record with its fourth straight season at .500 or better against non-league competition.

Winning Seasons
The last three seasons have produced three of the four winningest seasons in school history. Before Coach McLaughlin, Penn had won 18 or more games only twice in its history, but has now done so in three straight seasons.

Defending Big 5 Champions
Penn clinched a share of its first Big 5 championship on Jan. 5. It was an improbable feat. In the 36-year history of the Big 5, not only had Penn never won the Philadelphia basketball conference, but they had never come close. Penn had never finished higher than third in the five-team city conference. The Quakers had won a total of just 18 Big 5 games over the first 35 seasons. That’s a combined record of 18-122 (.129). In 19 of those 35 years, Penn did not win a single game at 0-4, and only ONCE prior to 2013-14 had the Quakers won more than one Big 5 game in a season.

Picked Second
For the third straight season, Penn earned first-place votes in the Ivy League Media Preseason Poll. This season, the defending Big 5 champions were selected to finish second and earned another first-place vote on Wednesday. Penn garnered 115 points and was well ahead of third-place Harvard (94 points). Princeton was selected to win the league title with 16 first-place votes and 135 points. Penn and Princeton have split the last two Ivy League championships. Last season, the Quakers and Tigers were tied atop the poll -- the only time the preseason poll has had a tie for first-place. The Quakers finished second and earned a spot in the WNIT. Two years ago, Penn was picked third and went on to win the Ivy title, where they earned the program’s best seed (12) all-time and led fifth-seeded Texas in the second half duing the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Power Six History
Penn has traditionally played a challenging non-conference schedule since Mike McLaughlin took the helm in 2009-10. In fact, Friday’s matchup with Duke was the third non-conference top 15 team the Quakers have played in the last five seasons (#3 Notre Dame in 2011-12, #5 Notre Dame in 2013-14, and #4 Tennessee last season). Among the non-league foes, Penn has scheduled its share of teams from the power six conferences. En route to the Ivy title in 2013-14, the Quakers earned their first-ever win over an ACC opponent with a dramatic 67-66 win at Miami (Fla)—Katy Allen scored the winning basket with 5.6 seconds remaining. Other power conference opponents in McLaughlin’s tenure include Northwestern, Iowa State, Virginia (twice, including a three-point loss at The Palestra in 2012-13 and nine-point loss in Charlottesville in 2010-11), as well as the annual Big 5 matchup with Villanova.

Series With Duke
Penn will continue its trend of playing top competition next year as the Quakers head to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the 2016-17 season. Game date is yet to be determined.

Leading the Way
All three seniors, Kasey Chambers, Keiera Ray and Brooklyn Juday were named captains for the Quakers this season on Oct. 21, alongside junior Sydney Stipanovich. Ray’s collegiate career has been hampered by injury, but the standout guard was Big 5 Rookie of the Year in 2012-13 and also earned honorable mention All-Ivy that season. Juday is a three-year letterwinner and has played in 34 career games for the Quakers. Chambers, who is a transfer from Monmouth and has two years of eligibility remaining, will see her first collegiate action in a Red and Blue uniform after she sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Stipanovich won Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors in each of her first two seasons, and was also Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2013-14.

The New Kids in Town
Five new Quakers will join the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team, as Kristen Daley, Jameira Johnson, Princess Aghayere, Deja Jackson and Ashley Russell will don the Red and Blue. The Class of 2019 is another highly-decorated group featuring a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year (Russell), a McDonald’s All-America nominee (Daley), a three-time league champion (Johnson), a two-time all-state honoree (Aghayere), and three-time all-conference and team MVP (Jackson).

Two Penn Wins Would...
... be the fourth straight over UMBC and second in last three games over Lafayette.
... make the Quakers 2-1 on the year.

A Penn Win Would...
... be the 495th in Coach McLaughlin’s career.
... make the Quakers 1-2 on the year.

A Penn Loss Would...
... mark five in the last six games dating back to last season.
... mark the first-ever to UMBC in four meetings.
... make the Quakers 0-3 on the year.
... be less good than a win.

Up Next
A long road trip awaits the Quakers. Penn travels to New Hampshire for a 1 p.m. tip off on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Red and Blue return home to face Colorado State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to close out the first month of the season.

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