Women's Hoops Shooting for the Spoiler Role Tonight at Princeton

Penn-Princeton Notes in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA- The Quakers and the Tigers renew their fierce rivalry once again tonight at Jadwin Gym, with Princeton battling for a share of the Ivy League title and Penn trying to play the spoiler role. The Quakers (5-21, 3-10 Ivy) have had a tough year, but showed some grit last weekend with a win over Yale and a strong showing against the league’s top team in Brown, despite losing to the Bears. Princeton (20-6, 11-2 Ivy) can clinch a share of the championship and force a playoff with a win tonight (see below, courtesy of Princeton SID Andrew Borders).

Ivy Title on the Line - Princeton stands at 11-2 in the Ivy League, even with Dartmouth and a half-game behind Brown, which has completed its regular season. With a win over Penn, Princeton clinches a share of the Ivy League title and a playoff. If Dartmouth defeats Harvard on Tuesday, Dartmouth would also join that playoff, making the first three-way playoff in Ivy women's history.

What Happens Then? - If it's a three-team playoff, there would be a random draw held by the league to determine the top team of those three, since all three split with each other head-to-head. Whichever team is chosen doesn't have to play in a game on Friday, Mar. 10 at 7 p.m. If it's Princeton-Brown or Princeton-Dartmouth, it will be at Yale. If it's Brown-Dartmouth, it will be at Harvard. That winner meets the team that won the draw on Sun., Mar. 12, at 2 p.m. for the Ivy's NCAA berth. If Princeton's in that game, it will be at Yale. If Dartmouth loses Tuesday, a two-team playoff between Princeton and Brown will be on Sat., Mar. 11 at 4 p.m. at Yale.

Quaker Note-Meal - Joey Rhoads is seventh in the Ivy League with 13.3 ppg and leads the Ancient Eight in free-throw percentage at 87.1 percent ... Jennifer Fleischer needs just four rebounds to tie Kirsten Brendel for fourth on Penn’s all-time rebounding list.

Farewell, Seniors - Tonight’s game against Princeton will mark the final time that seniors Jennifer Fleischer, Henley Hansen and Rachel Wilson will wear the Red and Blue. The three have put together exceptional careers in their own unique ways: Fleischer has rewritten the Penn record books with her rebounding and shot-blocking ability; Wilson has overcome injury to eventually become a consistent starter as a senior; Hansen, while not adding as many contributions on the court, has provided the team with leadership and was rewarded this season when she was named one of the team’s three captains. Here are some facts about this year’s graduating class:

• The three have combined for a 52-56 overall record in the last four years (47-35 before this season).

• All were sophomores on Penn’s 2004 Ivy League Championship team, with Fleischer starting all 26 games while averaging 8.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

• They havecombined to log over 2,500 careerminutes for the Quakers.

The Series with Princeton - Penn and Princeton will meet for the 60th time tonight, with the Tigers holding a 37-22 advantage in the series that began in 1974. Before this season’s loss to Princeton on Jan. 7, Penn had won the last five straight and 10 of its last 13 over their rivals.

Download: WBB Notes at Princeton.pdf