PHILADELPHIA -After three games in five days to start the season, the Quakers have a few days to recover before embarking on the long trip up to New Hampshire. When Penn arrives back in Philadelphia, the Quakers will have another quick two-day turnaround to prepare for Colorado State’s first-ever visit to The Palestra. Tip off on Sunday against the Wildcats is set for 1 p.m., while Tuesday’s matchup with the Rams starts at 7 p.m.
In the Series...
vs. New Hampshire: Second Meeting
This will be the second all-time meeting between the two teams, after Penn beat the Wildcats at The Palestra last year, 74-39, on Nov. 25.
vs. Colorado State: Third Meeting
For the first time since 1994 and the third time overall, the Quakers will take on the Rams. Colorado State, which is making its first visit to The Palestra, won each of the previous meetings, including a 69-50 victory last time out.
Catching the Games
Live video and stats for Sunday’s game will be available at UNHwildcats.com. Fans can watch Tuesday’s game on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN.tv). Live twitter updates will also be available (@PennWBB). A complete recap, box score and highlights can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
Magic Number: 60
The statistic that may most indicate a Penn win or loss? 60 points. Penn has won 34 straight regular season games when scoring more than 60 points. Since head coach Mike McLaughlin took over at Penn, the Quakers are 61-9 (.871) when they reach that number (34-1 over the last three seasons with only loss to Texas in NCAA Tournament, 79-61). In comparison, the Quakers are just 28-79 (.262) when they’ve scored less than 60 points under Coach McLaughlin. The trend continues defensively. Over the last six seasons, the Red and Blue are 17-54 (.239) when allowing more than 60 points. But when holding opponents under that number, the Quakers hold an impressive winning record of 72-34 (.679).
With the victory over Hofstra in the first round of the WNIT in 2014-15, Penn recorded 10 wins outside of league play and matched the school record for most non-conference win in a season (tying the Ivy championship team of 2013-14). Prior to Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers had won nine non-league games only once in program history, but have done so in each of the last three years. Penn also set a school record with its fourth straight season at .500 or better against non-league competition.
McLaughlin’s Magic Touch
Head Coach Mike McLaughlin is nearing 500 career wins. Behind the fastest coach to win 400 games in women’s basketball history (at any level), the Quakers went from a 2-26 campaign in his first year along The Palestra sidelines, to 11, 13, 18, 22 and 21 wins in succession during his next five years. In addition, all five of McLaughlin’s recruiting classes have produced either the Ivy League or Big 5 Rookie of the Year. (Penn had only one Big 5 Rookie of the Year before his arrival and has had four since then).
With a win over Cornell on March 7, Coach McLaughlin’s record went above .500 at Penn for the first time (86-85 and currently 89-88). Despite increasing Penn’s win total each season, the Quakers were just 26-61 (.299) in his first three-plus seasons. Since then, the Quakers are 63-27 (.700), including 45-17 (.726) the last four years. In Ivy League play, Coach McLaughlin lost 15 of his first 16 Ivy contests and started 12-31 (.279). Since then, the Quakers are 32-9 (.780) against the Ivy League.
Two Penn Wins Would...
... mark the second straight over New Hampshire and the first-ever over Colorado State.
... mark a four-game winning streak.
... make Penn 2-0 on the road to start the year.
... make the Quakers 4-1 on the year.
One Penn Win Would...
... be the 497th in Coach McLaughlin’s career.
... make the Quakers 3-2 on the year.
A Penn Loss Would...
... be the first in two all-time meetings with New Hampshire.
... make the Quakers 2-3 on the year.
... be less good than a win.
Last Time Out
Penn posted a pair of double-digit wins. The Quakers opened their road schedule at UMBC and rolled past the Retrievers. Sophomore Michelle Nwokedi poured in a career-high 23 points and earned her ninth career double-double as Penn led 39-21 at the break. The lead grew to as many as 39 in the second half and the Quakers went on to an 81-46 victory. Two days later, Penn’s defense flustered Lafayette and allowed just 14 first-half points en route to a 15-point halftime lead. Sydney Stipanovich led the way with 19 points, and Nwokedi tossed in her second straight double-double as the Red and Blue won 54-37 on Tuesday night.
Following the Thanksgiving break, Penn will welcome Navy to The Palestra on Saturday, Dec. 5.
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