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PHILADELPHIA - It has been a week of much needed rest for the Quakers (4-2), who are coming off a wild and long road trip to No. 3 Notre Dame. Penn, which will play for the first time in eight days, will look to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season as well as remain unbeaten home. Tip off against Army (6-4) is at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Palestra.
The Penn women's basketball team is holding a canned food drive at Saturday's game. Any fan who brings a non-perishable food item to The Palestra receives a $2 ticket.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at PennAthletics.com for each game. A complete recap and box score can then be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each game.
In the Series vs. Army
Last year, these programs broke an 11-year hiatus in the series as the Black Knights won in West Point, N.Y., 53-44. Overall, the teams have split four games with each team winning a game apiece on the other’s home floor. Penn last defeated Army, 73-61, at The Palestra on Jan. 26, 1999. Penn Head Coach Mike McLaughlin is 2-4 all-time against Patriot League opponents, including a 10-point win over Lafayette on Nov. 30.
About the Black Knights
Army won five of its first six with its only loss to Seton Hall—just a three-point defeat to the Big East opponent. But the Black Knights have dropped three of the last four. They are 1-2 on the road this year, including a 16-point win at St. Francis (N.Y.). Penn beat the Terriers earlier this year by nine in overtime. Army has the 12th-best defense in the nation allowing just 49.3 ppg. The Black Knights also boast the second-best scoring offense (58.3 ppg) and FG% (39.1) in the Patriot League. They are the toughest to shoot against in the Patriot League allowing opponents a FG% of just 34.0. They are also the league’s top three-point shooting team (35.7%). Jen Hazlett is fourth in the Patriot League in scoring (12.9 ppg), sixth in rebounding (6.8 pg) and seventh in steals (1.5 pg). Molly Yardley leads the team with 22 assists.
The 12-Hour Trip Home
If you follow @pennwomensbball on twitter, you received the instant updates, photos and videos from a wild weekend of travel for the Quakers. Penn played defeated Lafayette on Wednesday night, then left for the airport on Thursday morning at 7 a.m. The team arrived in South Bend, Ind., that night, fell to No. 3 Notre Dame on Friday and then had an exhausting trip home. The team left the hotel at 10 a.m. and didn’t arrive in Philadelphia until 10 p.m. The Quakers had to deplane in South Bend, bus to Chicago and take a late-night flight home from O’Hare aiport.
Best Start Ever
Penn got off to its best five-game start in program history and had its first winning record in the month of November since 1984-85. Currently at 4-2, the Quakers are tied for the best six-game start in school history—the first to do so since the 1980-81 team. But a win on Saturday would mark the best record in program history through seven games.
Threes are Key
What a great matchup it will be on Saturday. Penn ranks 38th out of the 343 Division I teams in three-point defense (24.2%). Army is the top three-point shooting team in the Patriot League (34.2%). Penn has been phenomenal in defending the three-point line in the past two weeks. In the last three games, Penn opponents have combined to go 2-for-27 (7.4%) from beyond the arc.
Penn has had a freshman in its starting lineup for in 34 straight games ... The Quakers have used the same starting lineup in all six games ... Penn has forced at least 20 turnovers in each win this year ... In all six Ivy wins under Coach McLaughlin, the Quakers have not allowed more than 49 points and have won each by at least 11 points (avg. margin of victory is 15.6 ppg).
Leading the Way
Its a little early to get too caught up in the statistics, but the Quakers are off to a great start. Sophomore Alyssa Baron leads the Ivy League in scoring (17.8 ppg), three-point percentage (44.4%) and minutes played (36.5 pg). Senior Jess Knapp leads the league in blocks (1.7 bpg) and is second in defensive rebounding (4.8). Also entering the week, freshman Kara Bonenberger is second in the league in shooting percentage (48.7%) and offensive rebounds (3.0).
Bonenberger Once Again Named Ivy Rookie of the Week
For the second straight week, freshman forward Kara Bonenberger earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. The freshman had a team-high and career-best 10 rebounds against the Leopards as the Quakers set a school record with the best start in program history. She also added eight points, two assists and a block. On the road against the third-best team in the nation, Bonenberger led the Quakers with nine points and seven rebounds and had a game-high two blocks in just 22 minutes of action.
Charge for a Cure!
December: Autism Speaks
The women's basketball team is again dedicating its entire season to the fight against several diseases and the team needs your help. Last season, the team started an initiative which they have coined the "Charge for a Cure" program. The team raised more than $4,000 through the initiative last year. Each month of the season will be devoted to help a specific disease with personal ties to the program - American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, the ALS Foundation, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This month, the Quakers will be taking charges for Autism Speaks, but the team is turning to its fans to lend a hand in its efforts. For more information and to donate to "Charge for a Cure," click here.
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Last Time Out
The Quakers played on the road against one of the nation’s best and held with No. 3/3 Notre Dame throughout the second half. But the Fighting Irish showed why their a favorite to return to the National Championship game for the second straight year with a 69-38 victory over Penn in front of 8,463 fans at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind. The Quakers got on the board early as Alyssa Baron drained a three after the Fighting Irish put up the first four points. Ten straight from the Fighting Irish made it an 11-point game and the deficit swelled to 32-7. But over the last 26 minutes of the game, it was just a 37-31 Notre Dame advantage. Three straight buckets helped swing the momentum as senior Jourdan Banks made a layup in traffic and freshman Katy Allen scored back-to-back buckets to make it 34-13. The Irish led 40-15 at the break. Notre Dame inched its lead to 56-23 over the first six minutes of the second half, but Penn played bucket-for-bucket with Notre Dame the rest of the way. In between two buckets from Baron, freshman Kara Bonenberger had five straight points. Meanwhile, Notre Dame scored just nine points over the last eight minutes.
The longest break of the year ensues for the Quakers. They have 12 days until they host cross-city rival Drexel in a Palestra matinee on Dec. 22. Tip off is at noon.