Women's Basketball Set to Battle Dragons

Penn (3-4) is still looking for its first win at The Palestra after four games. Penn will host University City neighbor Drexel (3-6), Thursday in the Quakers’ first game in over a week. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. Live stats will be available on PennAthletics.com. The game will be followed by the Penn men’s basketball game vs. Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m. This is the 17th meeting for Penn and Drexel with the all-time record tied at 8-8. The Quakers and Dragons have alternated winning since the 1999 season – if the trend continues Penn will win. Also in the Quakers’ favor isPenn's 7-2 at home against Drexel. Penn is 17-24 all-time against teams currently in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Red and Blue is 201-197 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). 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 52 and points with 155. The Quakers snapped a three-game losing streak with their 78-74 win at Lafayette. It was the third consecutive road win for Penn. 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. Averaging just less than 270 points a season, and holding 921 career points, senior tri-captain Joey Rhoads could be the 17th Quaker to eclipse 1,000 points. She has 116 points this season and needs just 79 more to reach the milestone. 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 (26), second in rebounds (31) and third in points (52). Monica Naltner was named the Ivy League Player the of Week, Nov. 20. It was her first such honor.
She earned co-player of the week honors from the Ivy League and outright honors from the Big 5 on Dec. 11.

Scouting Drexel...

Alison Lupariello was named Rookie of the Week by the Colonial Athletic Association after a clutch 15-point performance in Drexel’s overtime victory against Monmouth. Lupariello is the third Drexel freshman to earn the conference honor this season. The overtime victory snapped a two game losing skid for the Dragons. The team is now 2-0 in overtime games this season and 3-0 all-time against Monmouth. Narissa Suber leads the Dragons with15.1 points per game. Freshman Gabriela Marginean is second averaging 14.6 points and 6.6 boards a game. Marginean and Penn’s Anca Popovici are both Romanian nationals but attended Mount de Chantal in West Virginia. Senior guard Kira Karlstrom leads Drexel’s defense with 7.1 rebounds per game and has chipped in 40 assists in nine games.. Drexel has played two overtime games so far this season, winning both. The Dragons have only won one other game this season, a seven-point decision over Lehigh. Penn and Drexel have the same record against similar opponents this season with a win against Lehigh and losses to Delaware and La Salle.

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