Women's Basketball Travels to Take on Rider Tuesday

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PHILADELPHIA - Penn’s first real road trip of the season will take the Quakers to Lawrenceville, N.J., home of the Rider Broncs. Penn is looking to rebound after struggling offensively in its loss to Drexel. Tip off from Alumni Gymnasium is at 7 p.m.

Catching the Game
Video will be available at GoBroncs.com. Live Stats are available at PennAthletics.com, while a complete recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Penn-Rider Series
Rider has claimed victory in each of the last two seasons after Penn had won six straight in this series from 1989-2007. The Broncs are just 1-3 at home all-time against the Quakers, but the lone victory came two years ago when Rider won 76-63 in Lawrenceville. Penn last defeated Rider in 2007 and last won on the road against the Broncs, 77-65, on Nov. 19, 2006.

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Last Game: 3
November Total: 6
Season Total: 6

No Rest for the Weary
Penn had a week off between the season opening win at Bryant and the road opener at Drexel. However, the team has just two days of preparation for their next opponent. NCAA rules stipulate that a team cannot practice more than six days a week so Saturday was a mandatory off day for the players. That meant the team had just Sunday and Monday to prepare for Rider on Tuesday night. This trip will also mark the first bus trip of the season for the Quakers, who walked to their first road game at Drexel. The DAC is just a few blocks away from Penn’s home gym of The Palestra.

On the Offensive
Penn’s offense was a tale of two games. Against Bryant, the Quakers shot nearly 40 percent, but at Drexel, they managed to shoot just 22 percent (11-for-50)—the lowest shooting percentage for Penn in the Mike McLaughlin era. The Quakers scored just 31 points against the Dragons, but at home versus the Bulldogs, they scored more than that in each half. Penn was nearly 25-percentage points better from the free throw and three-point lines at home and had twice as many assists.

Penn Trends
There weren’t too many similarities between the first two games except for Penn’s youthful propensity for turnovers­—the Quakers have had 20 or more turnovers in each game ... Penn has held their own on the boards with 77 rebounds this season, equal to the 77 rebounds by their opponents ... Penn has led at the half in four of its last six games dating back to 2009-10 ... The Quakers have shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in eight of their last 12 games ... Penn has lost the last 19 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points.

A Penn Win Would...
... mark the first 2-1 start since 2006-07.
... be the first at Rider since 2006.
... be the first road win of the season.

A Penn Loss Would...
... mark 15th loss in the last 16 road games.
... mark a three-game losing streak to Rider.
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out - L, 31-62 at Drexel
Opening with the game’s first nine points, Penn’s early surge only served to awaken the Dragons as Drexel outscored Penn 62-22 the rest of the way and finished with a 62-31 victory over the Quakers on Friday night in the Battle of 33rd Street at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The Quakers grabbed the opening tip and took the early 2-0 advantage on a jumper by Baron, 20 seconds into the contest. Drexel finally scored on a Jackie Schluth lay-in at the 10:21 mark. It was all the Dragons needed to get going, as they tightened up on defense, holding the Quakers without a point for the next 12:20. During Penn’s scoreless streak, the Dragons stretched their lead to 18-9. A Bradford free throw broke the scoring drought with 41 seconds left in the half and Penn went into the break down 22-12. In the second frame, the Dragons scored on their first two possessions while the Quakers struggled to penetrate the 2-3 zone. Knapp ended the scoring drought with 17:25 left in the half on a contested jumper in the lane to make it a 27-12 contest. Drexel continued to stretch their advantage and bottle up the Penn offense, scoring seven straight, two via the three, to make it a 35-14 game and prompt a Red and Blue timeout. Out of the break, Drexel connected on a pair of triples to extend its lead to 38-14 with 15:11 left. The Dragons continued their hot shooting, pushing their advantage to 50-23 over the next seven minutes.

Up Next
Penn finishes the November schedule with a road game at NJIT on Saturday, Nov. 27 and with its first home game in 18 days against Niagara at The Palestra on Nov. 30. Both are afternoon tips. It is a 2 p.m. start against NJIT, while the matchup with the Purple Eagles is the first of a doubleheader. The Penn women tip at 4:30 p.m. that day and the Penn men tip at 7 p.m. against UMBC.

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