PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in two weeks, the Quakers will take the Palestra floor when Big 5 rival Temple takes the cross-city trip to 33rd street for the 7 p.m. tip. Penn has won three of its last four games.
Catching the Game
Live stats, audio and video are available on PennAthletics.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 will look to end Temple’s current four-game winning streak in the series. The Quakers last topped the Owls on Dec. 9, 2003 with a 70-64 win. Penn will also try to stop a three-game slide in the series at The Palestra with the last win at home against the Owls coming in 1999a decisive 79-50 victory. Overall, Temple has won 27 of the first 37 meetings between the two teams, mostly aided by a 10-game winning streak in the 1980s.
Penn has been tied or leading at the half in six of the last seven games ... Penn has had the same starting lineup for the last five games ... The Quakers have held three opponents under 50 points this season, including two of the last three, and are second overall in the Ivy League in scoring defense ... Four different players have led the team in rebounding at least once.
Ivy League Leader
Sophomore Erin Power currently leads the Ivy League in assist-to-turnover ratio. Power has accumulated an impressive 31 assists this season and leads the team in that category. Meanwhile, the Elmwood Park, Ill., native has just 14 turnovers in 228 minutes of action. The plus-17 margin and 2.2 ratio is tops among the Ancient Eight.
December to Remember
Penn had a highly successful December, finishing 3-2 with one loss coming on the road in overtime. It is the team’s best month since finishing the 2007-08 season 3-1 in the month of March. It was the best December record of any Ivy League school and the best December for Penn since the 2003-04 season. The Quakers won the Ivy title that year.
Penn has won three of the last four games and led at the half against Drexel before dropping its only game of the month of December in regulation. A win over Temple would give Penn four wins in five games for the first time since the tail end of the 2006-07 season.
Defense and More Defense
Penn has made a habit of making it difficult on opposing offenses. In the last five games, Penn has held the opponent to just 20-of-80 (25.0%) from beyond the arc. In fact, Colgate was held without a three for the entire game. Penn has also forced an astounding 92 turnovers in that span, an average of nearly 20 per game.
Biemer in Double Digits
You can almost surely expect to see senior Carrie Biemer score in double digits tonight. She has done so in 23 straight games. The last time she was held under the 10-point mark was Jan. 15, 2008 against Seton Hall. She leads the team in scoring this season with 17.5 ppg.
Biemer in December
Biemer is hoping to continue her December success. She scored 20 or more points in four of the team's five games. Penn went 3-2 in that span as the Haddonfield, N.J., native averaged 21.2 points per game. She also recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime road win at Colgate.
Last Time Out
Kelly Scott’s career-best 22 points and Carrie Biemer’s 20 points led Penn as the Quakers held off St. Francis (N.Y.), 62-49, in the New Years Eve matchup in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., Wednesday. Penn trailed by seven early on, but led by 13 at the half. St. Francis though, clawed back to within two with 10:25 left before the Quakers put the game away for the team’s third win in four games. The Terriers got off to a quick start, scoring an early 10-3 lead five minutes into the game. Aided by two of Scott’s career-tying five three-pointers, Penn scored the game’s next nine points, taking a 12-10 lead with 11:24 left in the first half. With St. Francis up one, 16-15, two minutes later, Penn went on another 9-0 run. Scott squeezed four points in between two Biemer threes for a 24-16 lead with 6:53 to go in the half. The Quakers had one more first half 9-0 run left in them. Shortly after a three-point play pulled St. Francis to within 30-26 with 2:29 left until the half, freshman Tyler Cumbo took an inbounds pass and hit a running layup as the first half buzzer sounded for a 39-26 halftime lead. An early second half drought allowed the Terriers back into the game. Penn was without a field goal until Anca Popovici hit a baseline jumper with 11:31 left. By that time St. Francis had closed the gap to 44-40. With Penn leading 46-44, Scott nailed two straight three-pointers to spark the Quakers’ final big run of the day. The 11-2 outburst gave Penn a 57-46 edge with 3:43 left. The Red and Blue held St. Francis to just three points the rest of the way to close out the win.
Penn has the first weekend of the New Year off before returning to The Palestra for another Big 5 matchup when the Quakers welcome in LaSalle on Monday at 7 p.m.
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