Penn vs. Lafayette Game Notes (PDF)
Penn (2-3) interrupts a six-game homestand with a road game against Lafayette (2-5), Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. The Quakers will look to avenge last season’s 60-56 loss and snap their three-game losing streak.Penn began the season on a two-game road trip at Lehigh (11/16) and Rider (11/19). The team had not started with two road wins since the 2001-02 season. The Red and Blue is 201-196 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). Averaging just less than 270 points a season, and holding 883 career points, senior tri-captain Joey Rhoads could be the 17th Quaker to eclipse 1,000 points. She has 78 points this season and needs just 117 more to reach the milestone. Penn scored 77 points against Rider, Nov. 19. It was the most points scored in Knapp’s tenure with the Quakers. In the last two seasons his teams had produced 76 points twice and scored more than 70 in three other games. Penn is 4-2 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. Lauren Pears missed the majority of the 200506 season with a knee injury, but started all eight games and ranked among the team leaders in every statistical category prior to her injury. She is back on track as the team leader in assists (23), tied for second in rebounds (22) and third in points (43). Monica Naltner was named the Ivy League Player the of Week, Nov. 20. It was her first such honor. She leads the team in boards with45 and is first in points with 102. Penn has just two juniors on the roster this seasonguards Kimberly Franklin and Brilynne Parrish. Franklin clocked an average of 19 minutes last season and took the ball to the basket for 78 points. Parrish played in 15 games last season and pulled down 26 rebounds with her aggressive play. Franklin has made appearances in two games this season. The Quakers welcome back a large six-member sophomore class. Two have broken into the starting line-up this seasonAnca Popovici and Maggie Burgess. Penn’s off-the-bench players have been almost exclusively sophomores. Burgess is third on the team in rebounds averagine3.4 a game. A new addition to that class is transfer Sarah Bucar. Though she will practice with the team, Bucar will not compete during the 200607 season in compliance with NCAA regulations. 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. Hailing from the far stretches of the country, Penn welcomes this year’s freshmenAmy Donovan (Battle Ground, Wash.), Carolyn Miller (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Caitlin Slover (Southampton, Pa.) and Rachel Williams (Miami, Fla.). Donovan was the first freshman to see any minutes this season. She debuted against Lehigh, Nov. 16. Slover joined her against Delaware, Nov. 29 and logged 15 minutes against Villanova, Dec. 3.
Junior Vanessa Van de Venter leads the Leopards, averaging 12.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Emily Garner also figures in double-digit scoring with 10.0 ppg and provides 7.7 rpg. Lafayette is running a four-game drought with hefty losses to Coppin State (54-34) and Fairleigh Dickinson (63-48). The Leopards’ win over Penn last season snapped a six-game losting streak. Despite losing to Coppin State, the Leopard defense held its opponent to its lowest point output of the season (54). Lafayette downed Ivy League foe Cornell with a commanding 76-60 decision, Nov. 18. Sophomore Cristen Zavocki leads her team with 22 assists and co-leads in steals (13) with sophomore Jessica Spicer. Junior Brittany Purr is an impressive 11-of-21 (52.4-percent) from the field and the free throw line.