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Steele | With McLaughlin in charge, it’s stability Penn can believe in

If Penn Athletic Director Grace Calhoun was using the past year to build the platform for a presidential run, her campaign slogan would be simple: Change you can believe in.

After Steve Bilsky’s two-decade tenure atop the Penn Athletics mountain, Calhoun took over a program last July that had myriad parts going nowhere.

Penn women's hoops falls in WNIT Second Round

Everything about the context of Sunday's game was the same as Penn women's basketball's contest against Temple in January: the two teams doing battle, the Palestra serving as host and a Big 5 matchup coming down to the wire.

Unfortunately for the Quakers, this time around, the end result was different.

Despite yet another double-double from Ivy League Rookie of the Year Michelle Nwokedi, the Red and Blue faltered down the stretch, giving up a backbreaking three to Owls' freshman guard Alliya Butts with 3:04 remaining en route to a 61-56 loss in the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

"They know it's their last game," coach Mike McLaughlin said.

Penn women's hoops earns Ivy honors

Although Tuesday’s 55-42 loss to Princeton may have crushed Penn’s hopes of walking away with its second-consecutive Ivy League title, the women’s hoops team certainly did not come away from the season empty handed.

For the second time in as many years, sophomore center Sydney Stipanovich earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Penn women's basketball can't hand Tigers first loss

They're perfect for a reason. Penn women's basketball found that out the hard way...again.

Despite a strong effort in the game's first 25 minutes and energized play from forwards Michelle Nwokedi and Sydney Stipanovich, the Red and Blue could not overcome a run from Princeton midway through the second half, falling, 55-42, in the teams' regular season finale.

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