PHILADELPHIA - Feeding off the momentum of its first Ivy win of the season, Penn hosts Ancient Eight foes Brown and Yale this weekend. The Quakers meet the Bears on Friday and the Bulldogs Saturday in the annual “PinkZone” game. Tip-off for both games is 7 p.m.
Catching the Games
Chris Zervoudis and Ted Rawlings will provide the call on the PennAthletics.com webcasts. Live stats, a full recap and box score will be available on PennAthletics.com.
In the Series
31-29: Brown leads the series with Penn by that number, while Penn leads its matchup with Yale by that same number. Penn split the series with both teams last season as the Quakers have taken three of four from the Bears and four of five from the Bulldogs.
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About the Bears
Brown, which has played 13 of its 20 games at home, took the opposite road as the Quakers. They won their first Ivy game in their first try and have since lost the last five, while Penn lost four straight before beating Cornell. Both teams have lost to Duquesne, Columbia, Dartmouth and Harvard. However, Brown dropped its game vs. Cornell. Karly Grace is the Bears’ leading scorer at 7.0 ppg with Natalie Bonds at 6.9 ppg. Bonds also stands as the team’s top rebounder at 5.3 rpg. Courtney Lee is the only Bear to start all 20 games and leads the team with 53 steals, 65 assists and nearly 34 minutes played per game. Lee leads the Ancient Eight with her 2.7 steals per game. Brown ranks last in the Ivy League in most offensive categories, but are tops in the League in steals and are fourth in turnover margin.
About the Bulldogs
Yale has dropped its last three Ivy games after starting 2-1 in the League. Yale and Penn shared no common non-conference foes, but each has lost home games to Harvard and Dartmouth. However, the Bulldogs defeated Columbia and fell to Cornell, while the Quakers fell to Columbia and defeated Cornell. Melissa Colbourne is second in the Ivy League behind Penn’s Carrie Biemer in scoring. Colbourne leads the Bulldogs with 15.6 ppg and is second on the team with 57 assists. Mady Gobrecht is tops in that category with 72 and averages over seven rebounds per game along with Haywood Wright. Wright leads the Ivies with 1.7 blocks per game. Yale is second in the Ancient Eight in scoring at 64.8 ppg and first in assists. They also lead the League in three-point defense.
Ivy League Leaders
Three Penn players lead the Ivy League in three different categories. Sophomore Erin Power currently leads the Ivy League in assist-to-turnover ratio. Power has accumulated a team-leading 67 assists this season. Meanwhile, she has just 32 turnovers in 471 minutes of action. The plus-35 margin and 2.1 ratio are both tops among the Ancient Eight. Senior Carrie Biemer is currently leading the Ivy League scoring title race with an average of 17.6 points per game. Biemer , who has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season, is tops in scoring without even ranking in the League’s top 10 in minutes played. Senior Kelly Scott is the best three-point shooter in the Ivies at 39.8 percent. She went 4-for-10 last weekend and has hit three or more threes six times this season.
National Leaders (Top 50)
With her Ivy leading assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.09, Power ranks 15th in the nation while Biemer’s 43rd in the country with her 17.6 points per game.
Penn s win at Cornell resulted in the team’s first win after trailing at the half this season ... The 55 second half points were the most since March 11, 2008 vs. Princeton (56) ... Erin Power’s 13 rebounds were the most for a Quaker since Nov. 19, 2006 when Monica Naltner had 16 against Rider ... It was Penn’s first win in 13 night games this season and made the Quakers 4-5 in their last nine Ivy games.
Senior Carrie Biemer, who just played in her 100th career game as a Quaker Saturday at Cornell, is approaching the 1,000-point mark. Meanwhile, some milestones have already been reached this season. Senior Kelly Scott has surpassed her 500th career point with a three-point basket against La Salle on Jan. 5 with 5:57 left in the game. Biemer hit her 100th career three-pointer against Harvard on Jan. 30 with 1:12 left in the game to pull Penn within five.
Other Approaching Milestones:
Some other approaching milestones that may be reached this season:
Player Category Milestone Current Number To Go
Carrie Biemer Career Points 1,000 950 50
Anca Popovici Career Games 100 96 4
Kelly Scott Career Assists 100 81 19
Kelly Scott Career Threes 100 84 16
Last Time Out
Kelly Scott led Penn with 16 points, but Columbia jumped ahead early and held the lead throughout for a 77-57 win over the Quakers at Levien Gymnasium Friday. On Saturday, four Quakers scored in double figures and Erin Power collected her first career double-double as Penn overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Cornell, 79-70. In the first game of the weekend, Caitlin Slover was also in double figures, scoring 13, but the Quakers couldn’t overcome Columbia’s strong offensive attack as the Lions had four players score in double figures. Two and a half minutes into the game, the Quakers fell down 11-3, and after Carrie Biemer hit a three to close the gap to 14-8 with just over 14 minutes remaining, Columbia scored the next five points and led by double digits for the remainder of the game. In Ithaca, Power set career highs with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Penn played nearly perfect on the offensive end in outscoring the Big Red 55-35 in the second half. Popovici scored two of her season-high 11 points with a layup to cut the lead to two, 42-40. A possession later, two Power free throws completed Penn’s largest comeback of the year, to tie the score at 42-42. With Penn leading 56-55 with 5:41 to go, Popovici scored on four of the next five possessions and single-handedly outscored the Big Red 7-5 in that stretch. A free throw from Cornell was followed by the third three of the game by Kelly Scott and Penn had its largest lead, 73-63 with 1:30 to go. Junior Sarah Bucar came off the bench to ice the game for the Quakers. She was 4-for-6 from the free throw line in the game’s final minute. A barrage of three pointers gave Cornell its halftime advantage. Cornell made an astounding 70 percent of its three-point attempts in the first half.
Penn does not return home for three weeks. The Quakers are on the road next weekend at Dartmouth on Friday and at Harvard on Saturday before traveling to Yale and Brown the following weekend.
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