The Penn women's basketball team heads out on its last road trip of the season this weekend as the squad takes on Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. on Friday and Columbia in New York City on Saturday.
The Big Red (17-8, 9-3 Ivy) will be looking to reclaim first place in the Ivy League standings on Friday after a close loss to Harvard last weekend dropped the team down to a second-place tie with Dartmouth.
The win catapulted Harvard to the top of the leader board, while Cornell is just one game back from the lead.
The Big Red could be without leading scorer Jeomi Maduka, who is also on the track team and could be competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference track and field championships this weekend.
Cornell’s second and third-leading scorers Gretchen Gregg and Moina Snyder would need to step up in Maduka’s absence. Both are averaging nine points per contest.
Maduka also leads the Big Red’s rebounding efforts with 7.7 per game, while Snyder is good for 5.8 boards per contest.
Snyder led Cornell in the team’s last meeting with Penn this season with 20 points. The Big Red rolled over the Quakers in that contest, 80-56.
On Saturday, Penn will head to New York City to face Columbia (9-17, 6-6 Ivy) for the second time this season.
The Lions won the first battle of the year, 70-61, with two players scoring over 20 points to defeat the Quakers.
Carrie Biemer scored a career-high 28 points in that game and Penn will be looking to the junior team-leading scorer to help provide a lift this weekend as well.
Biemer’s 16 points led Penn’s scoring efforts in the team’s win over Brown last Saturday, while Kelly Scott chipped in with 13.
Kim Adams has continued stepping up her game in her freshman campaign. Adams scored a career-high 18 points in Penn’s loss to Yale on Friday and was the Quakers’ leading scorer for the fifth time this season.
Sarah Bucar has been particularly helpful recently, dishing nine to her teammates last weekend. Bucar has led the Quakers in assists in 16 games so far this season.