PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women's basketball team will travel to La Salle's Tom Gola Arena to play its final Big 5 game of the season. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Click here to listen live via the Penn Sports Network.
The Quakers (3-9) are looking to start the new year with a win to snap a six-game skid and grab a win in the Big 5. The Explorers (7-7) have only played one Big 5 contest to this point in the season--a 64-58 loss to Villanova in the season opener.
Despite their recent losses, several players have stepped up with career-performances. Sophomore Caitlin Slover earned a spot on the SPC all-tournament team for her nine-point, nine-rebound game--both personal bests--against the host school. She topped that the next night with 10 points and nine boards. Classmate Sarah Bucar sunk a career-high 12 points against Eastern Kentucky. Junior Katarina Lackner tied her career-best six rebounds against St. Peter's.
Carrie Biemer continues to led the Quakers' scoring with 13.9 points per game and scored 22 against St. Peter's, but has been the target of the opposition's defensive efforts and thus held to single-digit scoring in four of games during the current win-drought.
For La Salle, Carlene Hightower (17.8 ppg) and Jamie Walsh (12.0 ppg) have both been averaging points in the double digits. Hightower also leads the team on the boards with 6.8 per game. However one area Penn has been consistently solid is rebounding. The Quakers have out-boarded their opponents in six games and had even rebounding in another.
It is a busy week for the Quakers who will face Lehigh at home, Wednesday,before jumping into the Ivy League season with a game at Princeton, Saturday. They will cap it with a trip to Seton Hall on Jan. 15 before taking a 16-day hiatus before starting the bulk of the Ivies on Feb. 1 at Harvard.