Women's Basketball Readies for Ivy Bout

PHILADELPHIA--The Quaker women's basketball team is looking for new life in the Ivy slate, but face a team equally hungry for a win. Princeton is on a seven-game losing streak while Penn has struggled through the last eight games.

Penn (3-11) and Princeton (3-13) open their Ivy League seasons with a game at Jadwin Gymnasium, Saturday where one team will snap serious slides. The Quakers are 22-40 against their rival and have lost the last four outings, but seniorKim Franklin and Coach Knapp know what it's like to beat Princeton, sweeping the Tigers in 2004-05.

The Quakers got a lift from junior Kelly Scott's return to the line-up. After spending the first half of the season sidelined with an injury, she played her first minutes against La Salle, Monday and got the starting nod against Lehigh, Wednesday andpoured in 13 points in the first half.

Carrie Biemer remains the team's leading scorer with 13.1 points per game, but has been the focus of the opposition's defense, thus leaving room for sophomore Sarah Bucar to contribute 6.3 points per game and lead her team's scoring in two outings. She has also been a factor in rebounding, 4.1 boards a game. Anca Popovici leads the team's rebouding with 4.6 per game while Caitlin Slover has pulled down and average of 4.3.

For the Tigers, Meagan Cowher easily leads her team in nearly every category. She is averaging 17.8 points per game, 7.8 rebounds and two assists per game. She has a team-best five blocks and has nabbed 16 steals. However, with the ball in her hands that much, she also leads her team in turnovers with 48.

One area Penn has Princeton beat, on paper at least, is rebounding. The Quakers have out-boarded their opponents in five of the last six games and trailed by just three in the sixth game. Princeton on the other hand, has lost the rebounding battle in all but one of its losses this season and the last seven consecutive games.