Women's Basketball Taking on Army Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - Entering their matchup on Saturday both Penn and Army are coming off last-second defeats. The Quakers will be on their first overnight road trip of the year, while the Black Knights have won two of three on their home court this season. Tip off from West Point is at 5 p.m.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at GoArmySports.com. A complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Penn-Army Series
Penn and Army have not met since the Quakers pulled out a victory over the Black Knights at The Palestra in 1999. In all, the two women’s programs have met just three times on the hardwood with Penn owning a 2-1 series advantage. The Red and Blue also defeated Army in 1998, 68-56, in the only matchup played in West Point. The Black Knights have not defeated Penn since the first meeting between the schools in 1981.

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Last Game: 4
November Total: 16
Season Total: 16

Against the Academies
Penn traveled to Annapolis, Md., a year ago to take on the Naval Academy and will now take just the second trip in program history to West Point, N.Y., to face the United States Military Academy. The Quakers lost at Navy last year to fall to 5-6 all-time against the academies. The Red and Blue are 2-5 in their series against Navy, 2-1 against Army and 1-0 against Air Force.

Bad Things Must Come in Threes
Penn has lost two straight after Niagara hit a game-winning three with six seconds left on Tuesday. That means the Quakers are on the edge of a three-game losing streak. The last time that happened, Harvard buried a game-winning three with just 1.3 seconds left to give Penn its third loss in as many games. Luckily for the Red and Blue, they rebounded from that heartbreak for a decisive Ivy League road win at Dartmouth, 44-31, on March 6.

Winning in November
Just six seconds from collecting three wins in the month of November, Penn’s 2-3 record in the first month of the season is a good indication that the Quakers are heading in the right direction. Prior to this season, Penn had lost 10 straight games in November, including two straight winless seasons in that month. The last time Penn won two or more games in November was in 2007-08 when the Red and Blue went 3-3.

Penn Trends
Penn has had the same starting lineup in all five games this season (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... The Quakers have outrebounded their opponent in four of five games ... Penn has lost the last 20 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 3-2 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many ... And as the odd statistic of the week, Penn has committed exactly 16 fouls in every game this season.

A Penn Win Would...
... mark the first 3-3 start since 2006-07.
... be the first over a Military Academy since defeating Navy in 2008.
... be the third straight over Army.
... eclipse last season’s win total and last season’s road win total.

A Penn Loss Would...
... mark the first-ever at West Point.
... be the third straight overall.
... mark the first three-game skid since Feb. 26-March 5, 2010.
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out - L, 51-52 vs. Niagara
Leading by two with the clock winding down, Penn couldn’t stop Niagara from draining the game-winning three with six seconds left. Alyssa Baron’s runner as time expired went off the back rim and Penn fell, 52-51, Tuesday afternoon at The Palestra. With Penn leading by one, Niagara tied the game with a free throw at the 2:17 mark. However, sophomore Brianna Bradford buried a three with 1:03 left and Penn led 50-47. Niagara hit two free throws on its next possession to cut the lead to one. On Penn’s possession, Baron was fouled with 17 seconds to play and hit the first free throw. That gave the Quakers a 51-49 lead, but the second attempt went bouncing off the rim and Niagara’s Kayla Stroman hit the three to give the Purple Eagles the lead. There were six ties and the lead exchanged hands five times in the first half. A jumper by Baron and two free throws by Knapp gave the Quakers a 17-16 edge. Down 20-17, Penn scored the next six and 11 of the next 13 to hold its largest lead of the opening half, 28-22, with 1:37 left. The Red and Blue maintained that lead to the halftime buzzer and led 32-26 at intermission. Niagara retook the lead in the second half, but the deficit was whittled to two with 5:02 to play. Baron then gave the Quakers the lead back when she was fouled and made the layup. She made the ensuing free throw and Penn led once again 47-46. That’s when the final sequence of events led to the late Niagara heroics.

Up Next
The Red and Blue will host their final two games before the holiday break. Saint Joseph’s (Dec. 7) and Maine (Dec. 10) visit The Palestra and then the Quakers will have 19 days until they next take the court against an opponent.

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