PHILADELPHIA- As announced earlier this summer, the defending Ivy League champion University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team will start its title defense with a bang, opening up the 2014-2015 campaign with traditional SEC powerhouse Tennessee on Nov. 14th. On Tuesday, head coach Mike McLaughlin revealed the remainder of the 2014-15 schedule which closes with traditional Ivy League rival Princeton at The Palestra.
In between those highly-touted matchups, the Quakers will host all four Big 5 rivals and walk up the road for this year's Battle for 33rd Street at Drexel. Penn matched its highest-ever Big 5 finish last year with a school record two Big 5 road wins in the same season. The Quakers also topped Drexel last year with a dramatic 19-point comeback to finish with a winning record against Philadelphia foes.
In addition, the Red and Blue are set to play New Hampshire, who finished 19-12 last season, and Hampton (28-5), who lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Michigan State, at the Cathedral of College Basketball, while also taking a trip to Annapolis to take on Navy, who finished 24-8 last year and reached the WNIT. In all, Penn will play nine games against teams that played in the postseason last year.
Following the matchup with the Lady Vols, the Quakers quickly jump into their Big 5 conference schedule against La Salle in the home opener on Nov. 19. After a date with Navy on Nov. 22, the Red and Blue host New Hampshire (Nov. 25) and travel to Lafayette (Dec. 2). Penn's sixth game of the year features its third 20-win opponent from a year ago -- Hampton on Dec. 5 -- who matched Penn's 12-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Penn’s Big 5 competition continues against Saint Joseph's on Dec. 9. The Quakers then head to Drexel (Dec. 20) and host UMBC (Dec. 29) prior rounding out their traditional Big 5 games in January against Temple and Villanova on the 5th and 21st, respectively.
Opening the Ivy League schedule at Princeton on Jan. 10, the Quakers look to defend their third Ivy League title and first since the 2003-2004 season. The first full weekend of Ivy League play will consist of a trip north to play Dartmouth and Harvard on Jan. 30-31. Penn comes home the next weekend for the Ivy home opener against Cornell (Feb. 6) and Columbia (Feb. 7th).
Yale will host the Quakers the next weekend on Friday the 13th, before the Red and Blue travel up I-95 to play Brown on Saturday (Feb. 14) at 6 p.m.
The league schedule flips around after Brown, with Harvard and Dartmouth visiting The Palestra the weekend of Feb. 20-21. The Quakers are home for a second consecutive weekend against Brown and Yale (Feb. 27-28) before a trip to New York to play Columbia (March 6) and Cornell (March 7). That leave the Quakers’ traditional regular-season finale against Princeton on March 10 at the Cathedral of College Basketball.