Penn football assistant coach Jim Schaefer to retire

After coaching at Penn for 23 years, long-time assistant coach Jim Schaefer is retiring, according to CSN reporter Dave Zeitlin.

Schaefer, Penn's defensive line coach, had coached under Al Bagnoli for 33 years, dating back to Bagnoli's 10-year stint as Union (N.Y.) football's head coach. With Bagnoli set to retire, Schaefer appears to be on his way out as well.

Zeitlin also spoke to Bagnoli, who said he will move into a job in the athletic administration in a few weeks. But for now, he was still watching game film.



Three Keys: Penn women's basketball vs. New Hampshire

Sophomore center Sydney Stipanovich will figure to be a major factor in the Red and Blue’s matchup with New Hampshire. 

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Penn women’s basketball faces some stiff competition on Tuesday, taking on a New Hampshire squad that has yet to lose this season. The 3-0 Wildcats just finished a victory over Brown, which the Quakers defeated twice last season. Here are three keys to victory if Penn wants to move to 3-1 before Thanksgiving break.

1. Contain Elizabeth Belanger: The junior guard has been a force for New Hampshire early on this season, averaging 23 points a game while playing in two of the Wildcats’ three contests. A second-team All-America East selection last season, Belanger seems to have taken her game to the next level, particularly in a 27-point effort against Howard. If Penn wants to hand New Hampshire its first loss on the season, it will be on the Quakers’ suffocating defense to contain Belanger.

2. Find an offensive leader: In Penn’s first victory of the season, Sydney Stipanovich led the way with 15 points, but the game was much more about defense than offense. The second victory came in large part thanks to the offensive fury of junior guard Keiera Ray. Whether it is Stipanovich, Ray, senior captain Kara Bonenberger or someone else, the Red and Blue will need to have a player take over the offensive load in the way that Alyssa Baron did last season.

3. Win on the glass: Outside of a matchup with No. 4 Tennessee, the Red and Blue have outrebounded opponents by an average of 9.5 boards per game on the early season. The Wildcats, on the other hand, have beaten their opponents on the glass by 8.3 boards per contest after struggling with rebounding margin last season. With Bonenberger, Stipanovich, senior Katy Allen and others in the post, Penn has made its mark in the paint in its last two victories and will need to continue doing so.



Thomas Awad impresses with his 'stache at Nationals

For the past few years, junior Thomas Awad has starred for Penn track and cross country and turned a lot of heads with his racing abilities.

But that’s not the only thing he’s turning heads with.

From his signature scraggly beard to a variety of different arrangements, Awad has been consistently on point with his facial hair choices.

This past weekend at Nationals, not only did he fight through a mid-race Achilles injury to achieve All American status with a 27th place finish, but he also got recognized for his spectacular style.

Sporting a mustache for cross country Nationals’ #StachiesatNachies, Awad — pictured above with senior Conner Paez — got some love from U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

It will be a while until we see Awad back on the track, so let’s hope he takes the time to change up his style once again.



Penn basketball forward Mike Auger named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

-The Daily Pennsylvanian

After a strong week for Penn basketball, freshman Mike Auger is getting the attention he deserves.

The freshman forward was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week in the Ancient Eight's weekly press release after playing well in his second and third collegiate games.

Auger couldn't find the back of the net in Penn's season opener against Delaware State but he was able to score in bunches this past week. Against Rider, Auger notched 10 points while adding eight rebounds as well. Coach Jerome Allen said that the coaching staff highlighted his effort in locker room after the game.

But Auger would continue to highlight his own performance in a big way against Lafayette, adding a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds to the Quakers' efforts. Auger had five offensive boards, showing his tenacity on the offensive glass.

“I thought he was phenomenal,” Allen said of Auger's Saturday performance. “He went after every offensive rebound ... Some of the mistakes he made I can live with because his effort and energy are always present.

“He brought us a lot in the second half, just with his relentlessness, whether it was at the top of the press or whether it was going after every live ball.”

Now Auger and the Red and Blue will look to pick up their first win this week, facing Temple and Wagner on the road.



Sydney Stipanovich named Ivy League Player of the Week

-The Daily Pennsylvanian

Penn women's basketball's sophomore center continues to take in Ivy League honors.

After being named Ivy League Defensive Player and Rookie of the Year last season, Stipanovich was named Ivy Co-Player of the Week with Princeton's Blake Dietrick.

Stipanovich contributed heavily to the Quakers' two victories last week. She had an impressive 15-point, 15-rebound effort in Penn's 57-29 win over La Salle before notching eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks against Navy. 

The honor was her fifth Ivy Player of the Week award in her career. 

Stipanovich and the Red and Blue have one game this week: a Tuesday evening matchup at the Palestra with 3-0 New Hampshire.



The Good, the bad and the ugly | Penn basketball vs. Lafayette

Freshman forward Mike Auger was a bright spot for Penn basketball on Saturday, notching a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

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Penn (0-3) fell behind early against a polished Lafayette squad and entered halftime facing a 15-point deficit. However, the Quakers surged back in the second frame and got the lead within two points midway through the half before ultimately squandering an opportunity to secure its first win of the season against the Leopards (3-1). A couple of impressive individual performances for the Red and Blue provided a silver lining in a game featuring far too many defensive breakdowns.

THE GOOD

Tony Hicks looked uncharacteristically like a younger Steve Nash tonight, racking up 13 assists and just two turnovers on his way to tying the program record for assists in a single game. The entire offense ran through Hicks, and his willingness to be a playmaker allowed Penn to mount a valiant comeback in the second half, even if it fell short.

THE ALSO GOOD

Freshman forward Mike Auger played like anything but a rookie as he took apart the Lafayette defense by cutting to the basket and pulling down five offensive rebounds. Auger finished with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting and hit all four of his free throw attempts. If that weren’t enough, he gave the Palestra the biggest thrill of the season thus far when he stole the ball and finished with a vicious one-handed slam that cut the Lafayette lead to just two points with 9:28 remaining in game.

THE BAD

Penn already ranked dead last in the Ivy League in points allowed per game after conceding 77 and 73 points in its first two games, and giving up 83 points to Lafayette doesn’t help its case. It probably won’t matter how many assists Hicks dishes out or offensive rebounds Auger brings down if the Quakers continue to give up 77.7 points per game this season.

THE UGLY

The Red and Blue also sit at last in the Ancient Eight in free throw percentage at 56.6 percent. Only two Ivy League squads have shot worse than 70 percent this season, and only Penn shoots less than 60 percent. Tonight the Quakers finished the night at 7-for-14, or 50 percent. To make matters worse, free throw shooters not named Mike Auger shot 3-for-10. If it plans on adding to the win column, Penn can’t afford to miss out on points at the charity stripe any longer.



Liveblog | Penn basketball vs. Lafayette

Welcome back to the Palestra for the end of a three-game homestand to start Penn basketball's season. The Quakers will take on Lafayette, which is coming off a big win over Princeton earlier in the week. Seamus Powers, Kenny Kasper and I will bring you all the action 

Live Blog Liveblog: Penn basketball vs. Lafayette
 



Liveblog: Penn football (1-8, 1-5 Ivy) vs. Cornell (1-8, 1-5)

It's the grand fin-Al-e for legendary Penn football coach Al Bagnoli after 23 years at the helm of Penn football. Can the Quakers send their leader off with a victory? Join me and fellow Sports Editor Holden McGinnis as we give you all the action:

Live Blog Penn football (1-8, 1-5 Ivy) vs. Cornell (1-8, 1-5)


Ivy League basketball roundup | Nov. 21

-The Daily Pennsylvanian

What is the rest of the Ivy League up to in men's hoops so far? We take a look at how each Ancient Eight squad started out the week.

Harvard

The Crimson easily dispatched Florida Atlantic on Thursday night despite a miserable shooting night from Siyani Chambers (two points). Wesley Saunders led the way with 19 as Harvard won by a score of 71-49, easily overcoming the disappointing Holy Cross result from last week.

Yale

Yale absolutely destroyed Newbury on Monday, holding the Nighthawks to just 51 points on 27 percent shooting en route to a 97-51 victory. Jack Montague and Sam Downey each had 18 points in a game in which Yale was able to get its starters out early.

Columbia

Columbia started out strong against Wagner on Tuesday night and never looked back, earning a 70-56 win in the Big Apple. Kyle Castlin had 18 points, and the Lions shot 87 percent as a team from the stripe.

Dartmouth

Alex Mitola had 16 for the Big Green, but it wasn't enough, as Dartmouth dropped a close game at Hartford, losing 53-48 on Wednesday.

Princeton

The Tigers got 19 points from Spencer Weisz and 17 from Hans Brace, but couldn't hang with Lafayette in the second half, scoring just 22 points after the intermission on their way to an 83-66 loss.

Cornell

Cornell got itself a nice 58-52 win against Colgate on Tuesday behind 21 points from Devin Cherry, but were run off the court by South Carolina, losing 69-45 in Charleston on Thursday.

Brown

Cedric Kuakumensah struggled on Monday, as the Bears lost to Northwestern at home, 69-56. He played very well on Wednesday (20 points), as did Leland King (25), but Brown was defeated once again, falling 80-65 on the road to Holy Cross.



Behind Enemy Lines | Lafayette forward Seth Hinrichs

In preparation for Penn basketball game against Lafayette on Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak with Leopards captain, forward Seth Hinrichs. As a senior, Hinrichs has played at the Palestra before and knows that defeating Penn at that venue will be a tough task but believes his team has the right game plan. Lafayette is coming off a win over Princeton on Wednesday.

Daily Pennsylvanian: This is the beginning of a three game road trip for Lafayette. How are you guys planning to stop Penn on Saturday and start this road trip on the right foot?

Seth Hinrichs: I think being good defensively. In that game [on Wednesday] against Princeton, we came out and gave up too many wide open shots so it’s just limiting Penn’s shooters and contesting shots and that will get us on the right track hopefully.

DP: You guys have been out-shooting your opponents. The team has a shooting percentage of .500 and the opposition converts only 37 percent shooting. How much of that is credited to the defense?

SH: The first two games we played we used zone against Robert Morris and West Virginia. … [On Wednesday] Princeton shot about 50 percent when we played man so I think we need to shore up our man defense and prove that a little bit going forward so we can continue to get better.

DP: Defensively, the team has had a lot of trouble grabbing rebounds. For every 3 defensive rebounds that they get, they let up 2 offensive rebounds. How do you change that?

SH: We’ve been emphasizing defensive rebounding and defense as a whole all preseason. And going forward from the first few games here, we know that we need to keep it up defensively so I think emphasizing it in practice, continuing to work on it and getting better each day. I think we made some strides, but we need to get better in that area.

DP: On offense, the points have been coming from the entire starting five. How important is that going up against a good defensive team like Penn?

SH: We need to continue to move the ball. We know we have a lot of capable scorers. And we know how tough Penn is and how tough it is to play at the Palestra. We need to move the ball and not take a good shot but a great shot, whether it’s a wide open three or a layup or whatever it may be we need to work all around the court on offense.

DP: How important has sophomore Nick Lindner been to this team’s success? He leads the team in minutes and is in second for points per game.

SH: He’s huge. We kind of go as he goes … He hasn’t really had as much pressure on him this year and it’s really showing. He’s playing more relaxed out there. His leadership has gotten a lot better too. And his play has shown, as a result, how well he’s done so far.

DP: Penn’s top scorer and hot hand at the moment is guard Tony Hicks. How is the team planning on stopping him?

SH: I think it’s going to be a team effort. We know Tony Hicks from the past few years. He’s been a really solid guard for Penn. … Whether we start [Joey ] or [Bryce ] on him we’ll just kind of rotate and then Zach Rupprecht coming off the bench as well and [Nick Lindner] is very capable of guarding him as well. We’ll throw a lot of different guys at him and try to corral him. [We need to be] a unit defensively because we know one guy will not be able to guard him by himself. So we’ll try and help and limit his good looks.

DP: Penn is just recovering from a two-game losing streak and finishes their home stand against you guys. Do you expect to see a lot of fire from this Penn team?

SH: Every time we play Penn it’s a close game. Last year it was a two-point game and the year before that they had a really good comeback and made it a really close game at the Palestra. And we know playing at the Palestra is tough. For the juniors and seniors, two years ago we had to play there so we know the challenge there. Now, if we can play good defense and limit Hicks and get good offensive looks, we’ll have a good gameplan.

DP: What about Penn’s team concerns you the most heading into Saturday?

SH: We know Tony Hicks is kind of their firepower, but they also have a couple capable guards that can make plays and that big guy inside [junior center Darien Nelson-Henry] is a force to be reckoned with, so we know that they’re a really well-rounded team. They move the ball and get good shots like we do. We know it’s a tough task with a team that has a lot of firepower and potential so we know we gotta go out there and play well defensively.



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