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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.

Penn women's hoops looks for weekend rebound

Down, but certainly not out.

Although Penn women's basketball will hit the road once again this weekend, the squad has no plans of going anywhere in the larger picture -- the race for the Ivy League title -- despite last Friday's letdown against Cornell.

After splitting last weekend's contests with the Big Red and Columbia, the Quakers (12-7, 3-2 Ivy) will travel to New Haven, Conn., to face Yale on Friday before wrapping up their fifth road matchup in seven games against Brown on Saturday.

While this weekend's slate of back to back games represents the third of six consecutive Ivy doubleheaders for the Red and Blue, coach Mike McLaughlin is confident in Penn's physical and mental states, despite the loss to Cornell.

"We have some kids that are banged up like every other team, but physically we're in good shape," McLaughlin said.

Rothman | Time to shift expectations for Penn women's hoops

Penn women's basketball had fun in its 78-57 demolition of Columbia on Saturday. The Red and Blue came within one point of the school's first-half scoring record, four players scored in double digits and senior Kara Bonenberger notched her 1,000th point.

But the win – although impressive – was inconsequential when compared to the results of the previous night's game.

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