Women's Basketball Set for Rematch with American

Penn (3-3) comes back to The Palestra to host American (3-7) Sunday after a big win at Lafayette, Thursday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. The Quakers snapped a three-game losing streak with their 78-74 win at Lafayette. It was the third consecutive road win for Penn.

Monica Naltner scored 37 points against Lafayette. The mark tied for sixth on Penn’s all-time most points in a game list. She leads the team in boards with 49 and points with 139. Averaging just less than 270 points a season, and holding 908 career points, senior tri-captain Joey Rhoads could be the 17th Quaker to eclipse 1,000 points. She has 103 points this season and needs just 92 more to reach the milestone. The Red and Blue is 201-196 at The Palestra since the 1974-75 season. The 200th win was recorded on Feb. 17, 2006 against Ivy League foe Columbia (a 64-49 decision). Penn scored 78 points against Lafayette, Dec. 9. It was the most points scored in Knapp’s tenure with the Quakers. His teams produced more than 70 in six other games. Penn is 5-2 when scoring 70 or more points under Knapp. The Quakers defeated Lehigh by one point on Nov. 16. The Red and Blue have played in four one-point games under Knapp. Penn is 2-2 in those games. Lauren Pears missed the majority of the 2005–06 season with a knee injury, but started all eight games and ranked among the team leaders in every statistical category prior to her injury. She is back on track as the team leader in assists (24), second in rebounds (25) and third in points (45). Monica Naltner was named the Ivy League Player the of Week, Nov. 20. It was her first such honor. She leads the team in boards with 49 and is first in points with 139. Penn has just two juniors on the roster this season—guards Kimberly Franklin and Brilynne Parrish. Franklin clocked an average of 19 minutes last season and took the ball to the basket for 78 points. Parrish played in 15 games last season and pulled down 26 rebounds with her aggressive play.Franklin has made appearances in three games this season. The Quakers welcome back a large six-member sophomore class. Two have broken into the starting line-up this season—Anca Popovici and Maggie Burgess. Penn’s off-the-bench players have been almost exclusively sophomores. Burgess is third on the team in rebounds averagine 3.2 a game. A new addition to that class is transfer Sarah Bucar. Though she will practice with the team, Bucar will not compete during the 2006–07 season in compliance with NCAA regulations. Initially recruited by Coach Knapp at Georgetown, Bucar opted to attend West Virginia after Knapp left Georgetown. After averaging 14.1 minutes a game as back-up to WVU’s Ashley Powell—one of the nation’s top freshmen last season—Bucar will take a season to learn Penn’s system and become a game contributor in the 2007–08 season. Hailing from the far stretches of the country, Penn welcomes this year’s freshmen—Amy Donovan (Battle Ground, Wash.), Carolyn Miller (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Caitlin Slover (Southampton, Pa.) and Rachel Williams (Miami, Fla.). Donovan was the first freshman to see any minutes this season. She debuted against Lehigh, Nov. 16. Slover has seen significant playing time since her debut against Delaware, Nov. 29. She is currently averaging 14 minutes per game.

Scouting American...

AU fought back from a 13-point deficit with 9:12 remaining in Friday’s game vs. George Mason. Liz Hayes leads the Eagles with 15.1 points per game followed by Nicole Ryan who is averaging 11.3 points per game. In nine out of nine games, it has been either Hayes or Ryan leading the team in points, four games each, respectively. Against Loyola Marymount in the LMU Ayres Hotel Holiday Classic, Hayes and Ryan both averaged 16.0 points to lead the squad together. The 6-0 Latitia Curry is dominant on the boards averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. She also has 15 steals, though Talicia Jackson leads the team with 23 steals. When AU shoots 50% or better from the field or just in three-point territory alone, they are 3-0. In the squad's first game of the season against Fordham, the Eagles went 31-62. In American's next win against UMBC, AU shot 50% from downtown, with Hayes netting four three-pointers. The Eagles went 10-20 from beyond the arch in their win against Furman and shot 47.5% overall.

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