PHILADELPHIA - Penn’s homestand continues as the Quakers try to bounce back from two Ivy setbacks last weekend. It won’t be easy for Penn to get back into the win column with traditional league powerhouses Dartmouth (Friday) and Harvard (Saturday) coming to The Palestra this week.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available on the Penn Sports Network. Daniel Fritz, Ted Rawlings and Phil Almquist will call all of the action. A full recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series
Dartmouth leads the all-time series with Penn, 40-21, taking the last four meetings. Penn’s last win over the Big Green came at The Palestra on Feb. 9, 2007, 56-53.
Winners of the last 11 meetings, Harvard leads the all-time series 42-21. The Crimson have won 15 of the last 16 times and have not lost at The Palestra since a 65-51 Penn win on Feb. 9, 2001. The last Quakers win over Harvard came on Feb. 6, 2004, a 73-72 victory in Cambridge.
About the Big Green
Dartmouth statistically has played the toughest schedule of any Ivy League school this year. Seven of its 10 losses have come to either Big East, ACC, A-10 or Pac-10 foes. The Big Green won three straight prior to falling to Columbia last Saturday. Dartmouth and Penn are the two lowest-scoring teams in the Ivy League. They also give up points at a near-identical rate (Penn-61.1, Dartmouth-61.2), which rank in the top half of the league. The Big Green are second among the Ivies in blocked shots, but are last in offensive rebounding. Brittany Smith is averaging a double-double this season as she leads the team with 12.4 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game, 32 steals and 38 blocks. She is second in assists, one behind Meghan McFee’s 30. Betsy Williams looks to be the team’s best sharp shooter, hitting threes at a 31.1 percent clip.
About the Crimson
Harvard is 8-0 at home this year, which includes a win over Boston College, but the Crimson are just 2-6 on the road. They have one common opponent with the Quakers, defeating Navy at home by 16. Penn lost at Navy, 65-51. Harvard is second in the Ivies behind Princeton in scoring offense, but rank sixth in points allowed. The Crimson rank second behind the Tigers in nearly every offensive category, though they lead the league in made threes as well as blocks. The Crimson is led by four players scoring in double figures—Emma Markley (14.9), Brogan Berry (13.0), Victoria Lippert (11.4), Christine Matera (10.4). Markley leads the team in rebounding (7.6) followed by Jackie Alemany (6.2), while Berry is 12th in the nation with 105 assists. Matera leads the Ivy League with 45 threes and Markley is the Ivy leader with 42 blocks.
68 Days in the City of Brotherly Love
Day 61 and 62: The Quakers are in the midst of playing 12 straight games in the city of Philadelphia. They play three road games in that time, but all against Big 5 opponents. The team last left the City of Brotherly Love on Dec. 6 to take on Navy. They will not leave again until taking off for a matchup with Cornell on Feb. 12—a span of 68 days. Penn has not spent the night in a hotel since Thanksgiving, when the Quakers were in Chicago on Nov. 27 and 28 for the Doubletree White Invitational.
On Feb. 1, sophomore Sara Ely was named to the Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week Honor Roll. Ely had a career-high eight points in her start against Brown, adding five rebounds and a steal. She also had seven points, three rebounds and a career-best three steals on Friday against Yale. Other Penn recipients this year are: Sarah Bucar (Nov. 23, 30), Jess Knapp (Dec. 7, Jan. 18), Kim Adams (Dec. 14), and Jerin Smith (Jan. 4, 25).
Recaps: Alumni Game and Shoe Donations
After a busy weekend inside The Palestra, there certainly were some success stories. So far this season, the Penn basketball teams have collected more than 350 pairs of shoes to donate to Haiti. Donations are being accepted throughout the season at men’s and women’s home games if fans would be willing to part with an old pair of shoes. As for Penn’s alumni game on Saturday, the Red rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit behind a strong effort from Penn’s all-time leading scorer, Diana Caramanico. Amanda Kammes then hit the game-winner with 20 seconds remaining to defeat Blue, 50-48.
Penn has lost the last 17 when trailing at the half and won five straight when leading at the half ... Penn is undefeated on Thursdays ... Penn has lost the last 12 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points ... Junior Kim Adams led the team in scoring in both games last weekend ... Sophomore Jess Knapp has led the Quakers in rebounding in six of the last seven games.
Last Time Out
Despite two-straight strong efforts at The Palestra, Penn let Yale and Brown slip away late, falling to the Bulldogs, 58-51 Friday and suffered the same fate Saturday night in a 61-47 loss to the Bears. On Friday, the Quakers scored first. But Yale put up the next seven points and its lead grew to 21-10. Yale eventually led 26-16 at the half. Yale quickly extended its lead, scoring six of the next eight points to go up 32-18. The Quakers got within single digits when an 8-1 run pulled the deficit to just 35-28. But Yale led 44-33 with 9:20 remaining before yet another 8-1 Penn run pulled the Quakers within four, 45-41, with 6:13 to go. Down 47-43, the Bulldogs scored the next five points. A three-point play got the Red and Blue to within five, 56-51, with 24 seconds remaining, but Yale sealed the win with a pair of free throws and a defensive stop. On Saturday, Brown scored first and never trailed. Senior Amy Donovan hit a three from the top of the key to close to within 17-14 with 3:34 left in the half, but Brown led at the half, 24-18. Sara Ely hit a three to bring Penn within, 31-30. Brown once again put together a run, scoring eight straight, but soon, Penn was once again trailing by only one possession, 39-36 midway through the half. Penn was held without a basket over the next six minutes and Brown held a 47-38 edge with just 3:41 remaining in the game. Jerin Smith converted a three-point play to make it 49-43, but Brown made its free throws down the stretch and held its largest lead at the final buzzer.
After 68 days in the City of Brotherly Love, the Quakers take their basketball outside of the confines of Philadelphia. Penn will start a road swing that has the Quakers playing seven of the last nine away from The Palestra, beginning at Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.
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