PHILADELPHIA - Its the final non-conference game of the year for the Quakers as they face off with Seton Hall of the Big East Conference. It will mark Penn’s last tune-up before starting the stretch run with the all-important Ivy schedule.
Catching the Game
Live video will be available on PennAthletics.com. Ted Rawlings and Chris Zervoudis will provide the call. Live stats are also available. A full recap and box score will be posted on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series
There has been just one meeting all-time between the Pirates and Quakers. It came just over a year ago on Jan. 15, 2008, when Penn fell on the raod to Seton Hall by a score of 67-50. Seton Hall is not an unfamiliar foe for head coach Patrick Knapp, however. Knapp was 13-21 against the Pirates while leading Big East rival Georgetown.
Penn has outrebounded its opponent in two of the last three games ... Penn has won the second half in the last three games ... The Quakers have shot over 84 percent from the free throw line in each of the last two games ... Senior Carrie Biemer has started the last 30 games and has led the team in scoring in eight of the last nine ... Four different players have led the team in rebounding at least once.
Biemer Leads Scoring Title Race
Senior Carrie Biemer is currently leading the Ivy League in scoring with an average of 19.1 points per game. Biemer has been especially potent on the offensive end as of late. She has scored 20 or more points in seven of the last nine games, including the first 30-point performance for a Penn player in over two years.
Biemer in Double Digits
The last team to keep Carrie Biemer from reaching double digits. Seton Hall. She has done so in 27 straight games since she was held under the 10-point mark on Jan. 15, 2008 against the Pirates.
The .500 Mark
Penn is 15 points away from being 7-7 at this point. In close losses to Villanova (two points), Saint Joseph’s (six points), Lafayette (four points in overtime) and Drexel (three points), the Quakers were either leading or within one in the closing minutes. With a little bit of good fortune going on the side of the Red and Blue, the Quakers could easily be over the .500 mark.
Last Time Out
Senior Carrie Biemer had a career-best 32 points and sophomore Erin Power added a career-high 12 rebounds, but Penn couldn’t overcome a 14-point halftime deficit in coming up short to Rider, 76-63 in Alumni Gymnasium. Penn trailed 14-11 at the 10 minute mark after Biemer hit one of her five threes on the day and they were down just 19-15 after back-to-back buckets from Power with 5:18 left. However, the Broncs capitalized on a cold stretch from the Quakers and Rider went on a 13-3 run to end the half. Overall, the Quakers shot just 24 percent (7-of-29) from the floor in the first half. Trailing 32-18 coming out of the locker room, Penn rallied quickly. The Quakers shot exactly 50 percent from the floor and from three-point range. Before five minutes had passed, Penn found itself down just six, 36-30, when sophomore Caroline Nicholson knocked down a turnaround jumper. Both teams struggled to gain control for the next several minutes. Rider couldn’t extend its lead to double-digits, but Penn got no closer than six on several occassions. Then, with eight minutes remaining, the Broncs got hot. They shot an astounding 60 percent in the second half and made all three of their shots from beyond the arc. A quick 11-4 run gave Rider a commanding 63-50 lead with 5:15 to go. Penn continued to put the ball in the basket, but Rider matched the Quakers basket for basket the rest of the way.
A Penn Win Would...
... make the Quakers 4-11 overall.
... make the Quakers 4-10 in non-conference play.
... snap a four-game losing streak.
... be the first in school history against Seton Hall (second meeting all-time).
Into the Ivy League schedule the Quakers will go. The first of six straight Ivy League weekends begins at The Palestra with Harvard coming to Philadelphia on Friday night and Dartmouth on Saturday. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m.
Download: 1-26-09 Seton Hall.pdf