Penn vs. Columbia/Cornell Game Notes (PDF)
Penn heads back out on the road to Columbia (5-17, 1-7 Ivy) and Cornell (9-12, 5-3 Ivy) this weekend in an effort to regain some leverage in the Ivy standings. The Quakers are 8-12 entering the weekend after a rough outing in New England at Dartmouth and Harvard. After losing to both teams the Quakers are 3-4 in the Ancient Eight.
Top of the League
Monica Naltner and Joey Rhoads not only lead Penn in scoring, but are also among the top five scorers in the Ivy League. The duo are tied for third in the with 16.7 ppg. Princeton’s Meagan Cowher is first with 18.8 ppg. One or both of the seniors are also in the top-10 of nine other statistical categories.
On the Glass
Naltner is fourth in the Ivy League in defensive rebounds per game, pulling down an average of 4.90 drpg. She is seventh in the League’s overall rebounding (6.7 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 score 19 more in the game.
Eight Quakers have scored in double digits in at least one game this seasonNaltner (17), Rhoads (16), Lauren Pears (7), Ashley Gray (3), Kelly Scott (3), Carrie Biemer (2), Maggie Burgess (1), and Anca Popovici (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.
Penn has played seven games on Feb. 16 and is 3-4 on the date. Penn has played 12 games on Feb. 17 and is 5-7 on the date.
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Home Court Advantage? The Red and Blue are 206-200 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).
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 70 or more in 10 other games. Penn is 7-4 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 (4.30 apg) and steals (2.10 spg). 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. She was honored by the Big 5 and the Ivy League, Feb. 5, as the Player of the Week.
Penn has just one junior on the roster this seasonguard Kimberly Franklin. Brilynne Parrish started the season with the Quakers, but left the team to focus on academics.
Two sophomores are regular starters for PennAnca Popovici and Maggie Burgess. Burgess ranks 10th 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 200607 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 Powellone of the nation’s top freshmen last seasonBucar will take a season to learn Penn’s system and become a game contributor in the 200708 season.
Amy Donovan was the first freshman to see any minutes this season (vs. Rider, Nov. 19). She has played in eight games registering two points, three steals, five rebounds and two assists.
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).
Penn dominated the Lions earlier this season in a 80-62 win at The Palestra, Jan. 13. Senior Ashley Gray came off the bench in just her second game of the year and drained a career-high 21 points to lead the Quakers.
Since the last meeting, Columbia has gone 2-5 with wins against Lafayette and a gritty 72-64 win at Yale.
Columbia followed up its first Ivy win of the season with a heartbreaking 54-57 defeat at Brown, Feb. 10.
Megan Griffith leads the Lions in points (13.5 ppg) while Chelsea Frazier mans the glass with a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game.
The first time Penn met Cornell this season, the Quakers led by as much as 16 points, but was defeated 67-58 at The Palestra, Jan. 12. Penn saw balanced scoring with four playerNaltner, Pears, Popovici, Rhoadsin double digits. Kayleen Fitzsimmons led Cornell in that game with 17 points.
Jeomi Maduka leads the Big Red offense with 13.8 points per game. She also has a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game.
Since playing Penn, Cornell has gone 4-3 with losses to Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale.