Women's Basketball Travels for First Ivy Road Trip

Columbia/Cornell Game Notes

PHILADELPHIA - For the first time in nearly two months, the Quakers will spend a night away from home as they travel to Columbia Friday and then to Cornell Saturday. Tip-off for both games is set for 7 p.m.

Catching the Games
Live stats as well as live video and audio are available for the Columbia game, while live stats and video are available for the Cornell game. A full recap and box score will be posted on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series
Penn split two games with Columbia last season and leads the overall series 30-13. The Quakers win over the Lions last season came in New York City as the Red and Blue have won 13 of 16 from Columbia. Cornell swept the Quakers last season and despite Penn leading the overall series 44-13, Cornell has won five of the last six meetings. Penn’s only win in that stretch was in Ithaca, however. A 49-48 win on Feb. 17, 2007.

About the Lions
Columbia, one of just two Ivy League teams with a record of .500 or better, split last weekend with a loss at Yale and a win at Brown. The Lions have won six of the eight games played on their home floor. The Quakers and Lions have each claimed victories over Navy and St. Francis (N.Y.) thus far this season. Columbia’s Judie Lomax is the nation’s leading rebounder, averaging 13.9 per game to go along with her 14.0 ppg. Lomax has 12 double-doubles this season and leads the conference in field goal percentage. Danielle Browne has 62 assists for the Lions—third in the League and averages over nine points per game to go along with a team-high 28 steals this year. As the top rebounding team in the Ivy League, Columbia is thrid in scoring with 64.3 ppg.

About the Big Red
Coming off back-to-back Ivy wins last weekend, Cornell has excelled on its home court this year, going 4-2 oppossed to just 1-7 on the road. Heading into Friday, the Big Red and Quakers have just two common opponents. Both teams lost to Duquesne and the road and both defeated St. Francis (N.Y.). Three players average in double figures in scoring for the Big Red, led by Shanna Scarselletta’s 12.9 ppg. She is also the team’s leading rebounder with 6.4 per game and the team’s leading shot blocker with 11 on the year. Allie Fedorowicz is tops with 15 steals for Cornell while averaging 10.7 ppg and Lauren Benson tops the assist category with 71 along with her 10.3 ppg. Cornell leads the Ancient Eight in scoring defense, holding opponents under 60 points on average.

Ivy League Leader
Ranked 11th in the nation in the category, sophomore Erin Power currently leads the Ivy League in assist-to-turnover ratio. Power has accumulated an impressive 58 assists this season and leads the team in that area. Meanwhile, the Elmwood Park, Ill., native has just 27 turnovers in 416 minutes of action. The plus-31 margin and 2.1 ratio is tops among the Ancient Eight.

Senior Carrie Biemer is approaching the 1,000-point mark, but 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:
Biemer is expected to play in her 100th game as a Quaker this weekend. Entering Friday’s game against Columbia, she has sported the Red and Blue uniform in 98 games. If she plays in each game this weekend, she will hit the milestone at Cornell on Feb. 7.
Some other approaching milestones that may be reached this season:

Player Category Milestone Current Number To Go
Carrie Biemer Career Points 1,000 917 83
Carrie Biemer Career Games 100 98 2
Anca Popovici Career Games 100 94 6
Kelly Scott Career Assists 100 80 20

Last Time Out
Last weekend, Penn erased an early deficit in the second half, but was outlasted by Harvard, 72-63 Friday night at The Palestra. On Saturday, a patient paced offense from Penn was not enough to slow down Dartmouth as the Big Green came away with a 56-39 win at The Palestra. Two quick baskets to start the second half gave Harvard a 10-point lead Friday. However, a 10-2 run had the Quakers back within two at 40-38 with 13:09 left. With Penn down 45-41 three minutes later, senior Anca Popovici knocked down a three, to close the gap to one. On Penn’s next possession, senior Carrie Biemer made a three of her own for a 47-45 Quaker advantage. Harvard scored the next seven for a five-point edge, and when the lead was quickly cut back to two, the Crimson went on an 12-2 run for their largest lead, 64-53 with 2:39 left. Penn got the lead to four, but then Harvard preceeded and followed an empty Penn possession with two made free throws each to put the game out of reach. Saturday, It was just a six-point game at the half, but Dartmouth pulled away in the final 20 minutes. Jerin Smith had another impressive effort off the bench with a team-high 13 points. After a slow start, Dartmouth eventually managed a 7-0 run for a 20-13 edge with just over two minutes left and took a 21-15 lead into the half. The Big Green scored 12 of the first 14 points in the second half and led 33-17 just three minutes in. Down 39-23 with 11:28 to go, Smith connected on a three-point play, followed by a layup by sophomore Erin Power and another layup by Smith. The run pushed the deficit to just 39-30 with 9:11 left, but the Quakers never got within 10 after that with their largest deficit coming at the final whistle.

Up Next
Penn will return home next weekend to host Brown on Feb. 13 and Yale on Feb. 14. The match up with Yale on Valentine’s Day is Penn’s “PinkZone” game where all ticket proceeds go to the fight against Breast Cancer.

Download: 2-6-09 Cornell and Columbia.pdf