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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.

Penn women's basketball thrashes NJIT by 30

Following a 26-point loss to Big 5 rival Villanova on Wednesday, Penn women's basketball was prepared to rely on its seniors and stars to get the squad back in the win column.

Maybe it didn't have to.

Quakers' chance to stand alone

The last time Penn women’s basketball played a team from Philadelphia, the Quakers did something never before seen in program history, clinching a share of the Big 5 title in dramatic fashion.

Now, with the Red and Blue set to do battle against another local rival, the squad has the opportunity to cross another seldom achieved goal off its bucket list: beat Villanova.

Having already knocked off La Salle, St.

Penn women's hoops hangs on against UMBC

Last season, Sydney Stipanovich became the first player in Ivy League history to win the Ancient Eight's Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.

If the sophomore puts together a few more games like her performance on Monday night against UMBC, she may add Player of the Year to her already loaded trophy case in the near future.

Nine days after Penn women's basketball's disappointing loss to Drexel, one in which Stipanovich notched only eight points and three rebounds in 23 minutes, the Red and Blue rebounded in style with a 69-63 win over the Retrievers due in large part to the second-year center's incredible outing.

Despite battling a UMBC (5-5) frontcourt highlighted by three players over six-feet tall, Stipanovich recorded 29 points and 14 rebounds while senior forward Kara Bonenberger added 14 points and eight boards of her own as the Quakers (5-4) won for only the second time in December.

After the game, Penn coach Mike McLaughlin was not only impressed with his frontcourt's production, but the ability of his team to respond to a short winter break.

"This is a group that only got four or five days home for Christmas yet they all probably wanted to spend more time at home," McLaughlin said.

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