Women's Basketball Starts February at Home

Penn vs. Brown/Yale Game Notes (PDF)

PHILADEPHIA--It is all Ivy League from here out for Penn (6-10, 1-2 Ivy) which hosts Brown (3-15, 1-3 Ivy) and Yale (10-8, 3-1 Ivy) at The Palestra, Friday and Saturday. After these games, which are both set to tip-off at 7 p.m., there is just one more home weekend for the Quakers on the 2006-07 slate.

Live video of all Penn’s home games this season is being offered on the Penn Sports Network, PennAthletics.com’s exclusive multimedia network devoted to Quaker athletics. A 2007 winter and spring season pass is only $9.95 and includes all women’s and men’s basketball, wrestling as well as select special events.

The game can be heard live via a PennAthletics.com webcast. Chris Zervoudis will provide the play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on PennAthletics.com.

Alumnae Honored
Penn is home again Feb. 2-3 to face Brown and Yale. Prior to Saturday’s Yale game, Penn will host an Alumnae Game. The Quakers will also take time that evening to recognize Joey Rhoads’ 1000th point in a pregame ceremony. Top of the League
Monica Naltner and Rhoads not only lead Penn in scoring, but are also among the top five scorers in the Ivy League. Naltner’s 17.8 ppg is third and Rhoads’ 17.2 is fourth. Princeton’s Meagan Cowher is first with 19.0 ppg. One or both of the seniors are also in the top-10 of 10 other statistical categories. On the Glass
Naltner is second in the Ivy League in defensive rebounds per game, pulling down an average of 5.06 drpg. She is fifth in the League’s overall rebounding (6.8 rpg). A “Grand” Performance
Senior tri-captain Rhoads became the 17th Quaker to reach 1,000 points in her career less than two minutes into her 94th game at Penn. The senior started the game with 995 points. She hit a three-pointer and was fouled moments later where she made both shots from the line to sit at an even 1,000. Rhoads went on to 19 more in the game. Double Vision
Eight Quakers have scored in double digits in at least one game this season—Naltner (14), Rhoads (13), Lauren Pears (6), Carrie Biemer (2), Ashley Gray (2), Maggie Burgess (1), Anca Popovici (1) and Kelly Scott (1). In addition, Naltner has scored in the 20s in four games and the 30s in one while Rhoads has tallied 20 or more in five games this season and Gray has marked one game in the 20s. Home Court Advantage?
The Red and Blue is 204-200 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). Looking Back...
Penn has played 10 games on Feb. 2 and is 6-6 on the date.
Penn has played 12 games on Feb. 3 and is 5-7 on the date.

Quaker Quickies

Monica Naltner scored 37 points against Lafayette. The mark tied for sixth on Penn’s all-time most points in a game list. Penn scored 80 points against Columbia, Jan. 13. It was the most points scored in Patrick Knapp’s tenure with the Quakers. His teams produced more than 70 in seven other games. Penn is 6-3 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. Pears leads the team in assists (67) and steals (36). She is third in the League for assists and second in steals. 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. Rhoads was named the Big 5 Player of the Week, Jan. 2. It was her first such honor. Penn has just one junior on the roster this season—guard Kimberly Franklin. Two sophomores are regular starters for Penn—Anca Popovici and Maggie Burgess. Burgess ranks tied--with Naltner--for ninth among the Ivies in blocked shots with 11 this season. A new addition to the sophomore 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 regulsations. 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. Amy Donovan was the first freshman to see any minutes this season (vs. Rider, Nov. 19). She has played in six games registering three steals, five rebounds and one assist. Caitlin Slover has seen significant playing time since her debut against Delaware, Nov. 29. She is currently averaging 8.8 minutes per game. Carolyn Miller also got into a game, scoring two points and pulling down one board in two minutes of playing time against Loyola (Dec. 31).

Scouting Brown...

Brown was swept last weekend with losses vs. Dartmouth (61-44) and Harvard (73-42). The Bears are in seventh place in the Ivy standings (1-3) and are 3-15 overall on the season. Ashley King-Bischof leads the Bears’ scoring averaging 12.3 points per game. She also handles the defensive duties with a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game. Natalie Bonds has swatted the ball for 11 blocks and Courtney Lee is crafty with 30 steals.

Scouting Yale...

The Bulldogs are fresh off a sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth—for the first time since the 1993-94 season. Yale sits in second place with a 3-1 Ivy League record (10-8 overall). Yale has won of eight of their last nine and leads the Ivy League in seven team categories. Individually, the Bulldogs lead seven of the 12 categories. Senior center Erica Davis tops the Ivy League in field goal percentage, blocks and defensive rebounds. She is also second in rebounding (9.0 rpg), behind teammate Chinenye Okafor (9.4 rpg), and fifth in scoring (15.2 ppg). Okafor also leads the conference with 2.3 steals per game and 4.4 offensive rebounds per game. She is tied for second on the team in scoring with freshman guard Melissa Colborne (10.8 ppg).

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