Women's Basketball

12/27/17 9:44pm

Penn men's basketball sets school records, earns free cheesesteaks in blowout over Delaware State

In Penn’s first home game in 39 days — and first game at all in 18 days — the Red and Blue showed absolutely no signs of rust against non-conference foe Delaware State. Boosted by an incredible 51.9 percent effort from three-point range, the Quakers set the school record for margin of victory against a Division I opponent, blowing out the Hornets, 105-52, for their fourth straight win.
12/26/17 8:25pm

Penn women's basketball's Eleah Parker goes back-to-back as Ivy Rookie of the Week

For the second straight week, Penn women's basketball's Eleah Parker was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Parker is the first Quaker to earn the award in consecutive weeks since current senior Michelle Nwokedi took home four straight during the 2014-2015 season.
12/22/17 3:58pm

Huge first half lifts Penn women's basketball to dominant victory over Rhode Island

It took them eight games, but they’re finally hitting their stride.  On Friday, Penn women’s basketball began the next phase of its season with a dominant 84-66 victory over Rhode Island at the Palestra just one day after the end of final exams.
12/18/17 5:01pm

Penn women's basketball Eleah Parker dominates inside to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week

Penn women’s basketball might have only had one game this past week, but that one game was all it took for freshman center Eleah Parker to earn recognition as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
12/12/17 9:32pm

Penn women's basketball set for three final tune-ups before Ivy League play starts in January

After playing seven games in just about as much time this past month, Penn women’s basketball will look rebound from a tough early schedule over winter break and look to come out with its heads held high.
12/12/17 7:47pm

Off the field, Penn coaches, athletes, and administrators made headlines all year

Taking a step back from the actual games themselves, 2017 was an exciting year for the Penn Athletics community. 
12/12/17 7:41pm

Lessons learned from Penn women's basketball's 3-4 start

Sometimes, the numbers don't tell everything. With a little more than a month gone in the season, Penn women's basketball currently sits at 3-4. The small number of games played by the Red and Blue has led to a small sample size of stats and observations, but there are several overarching trends from the team as it approaches Ivy play.
12/11/17 10:29pm

Penn women's basketball holds off Saint Joseph's late for first Big 5 win in two years

Penn women’s basketball ended its semester on Monday night with a tough trip to Saint Joseph’s, escaping with a 57-50 win to kick off a brief 11-day break. 
12/11/17 10:27pm

Behind the scenes, Penn's club sports made big splashes throughout 2017

Considering the sheer competitiveness and ubiquity of Penn’s club culture, it seems only fitting that the Year in the Review issue takes into account the successes of Penn's club sports in 2017. 
12/11/17 10:20pm

2017 was a year of near-elation and bitter defeat for some Penn Athletics teams

For many teams at Penn, there is one event that stands out over the others: The Ivy League Championship.
12/11/17 10:11pm

Through ups and downs, 2017 was a rollercoaster year for Penn men's and women's basketball

Both Penn men’s basketball and women’s basketball saw their seasons end in agonizing fashions last March, but neither of those final games should take away from thrilling 2017s for both teams.
12/11/17 10:07pm

Going for greatness: Penn women's lacrosse and men's fencing took home repeat Ivy titles in 2017

The wire-to-wire domination that Penn women’s basketball displayed en route to its third conference title in four years was impressive, but that wasn’t the only Penn team to bring home Ivy League glory in 2017. A pair of Penn programs continued the elite play they’ve shown in recent years, as both Penn men’s fencing and Penn women’s lacrosse took home shares of the Ivy League title.
12/11/17 10:06pm

Ryan Betley named Ivy League Player of the Week for second time in three weeks

After earning his first Ivy League Player of the Week award of the season two weeks ago by putting in a 55-minute effort at Monmouth, the sophomore guard won his second this week after totaling 41 points across three games. 
12/11/17 9:47pm

Rest and home games await Penn men's basketball over winter break

After playing the most minutes of any men’s basketball team in the country in November, the schedule quiets down considerably in December. After dispatching Dayton at their home court on Saturday, the Quakers won’t return to action until December 27. That is a gap of 17 days without a game. 
12/11/17 9:19pm

Penn men's basketball is off to its best start in 15 years after thrilling wins over Monmouth, Dayton

At 8-4, Penn is off to its best start since the 2002-03 season, when the Fran Dunphy-led Quakers finished undefeated in Ivy League play. That’s notable in itself, but what’s even more impressive is that the Red and Blue have been doing nearly all of their damage away from the Palestra.
12/11/17 9:18pm

Here are the moments that made 2017 a crazy year for Penn Athletics

With various teams engaging in some instant classic battles, the Quakers have given fans a wild range of emotions throughout the calendar year, with the lone constant being thorough entertainment across the board.
12/11/17 12:41am

Why woman coaches tend to be greatly underrepresented in individual sports

All athletic directors have their own hiring methods, and all coaches interact with their respective teams differently, but both within Penn itself and the entire NCAA, team sports tend to have female coaches at a very high rate, while sports more individual in nature have been hiring male coaches in increasing numbers — and this is no coincidence.
12/11/17 12:00am

Pollack | A loss is a loss, but Penn women's basketball hanging with Notre Dame proved volumes about team

Few expected Penn women's basketball to beat, or even hang with, No. 3 Notre Dame. But that didn't stop the Quakers from playing their hearts out in a 66-54 loss. And in that effort, they showcased why they are once again the favorites to win the Ivy title. 
12/10/17 7:54pm

Sam Jones's three point barrage earns him DP Sports' Player of the Week

Perhaps what was most impressive about Jones’ play, though, was just how efficient his scoring was. Jones finished the week with almost as many points (27) as minutes (31), and in each of Penn’s last two games, his scoring total exceeded his total minutes played.
12/09/17 9:35pm

Four big takeaways from Penn men basketball's thrilling upset over Dayton

Penn men’s basketball capped off its 8-game stretch away from home with a 78-70 victory over Dayton. The Quakers outplayed the Flyers for most of the contest, as Dayton led for only one minute and 55 seconds throughout the entire game. 
12/09/17 5:52pm

Penn men's basketball upsets Dayton, 78-70, in one of the best wins of the Donahue era

In the last game before a two-week break, Penn men’s basketball overpowered Dayton on the road in an emphatic 78-70 win. The Quakers (8-4) outshot the Flyers (4-5) from every area of the court, most notably from beyond the arc.
12/09/17 4:37pm

Penn women's basketball fights hard but can't claw back in 66-54 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame

Despite the final result, it was Notre Dame who left disappointed, and the Quakers who held their heads high. 
12/08/17 2:00pm

Snow | Let's not get carried away — but Penn men's basketball has potential for greatness

The last time Penn men’s basketball started a season with a 7-4 record from its first 11 games, the team went 14-0 in the Ivy League and made it to the NCAA Tournament. That was 15 years ago.
12/06/17 10:37pm

Penn men's basketball sees off late Lafayette surge to win, 73-68

Playing away from the Palestra for the seventh straight game, Penn survived a streaky shooting night to defeat Lafayette 73-68 and earn its second victory in three nights.
12/06/17 9:48pm

Facing stiffest test yet, Penn women's basketball welcomes No. 3 Notre Dame to Palestra

On December 9, Penn women’s basketball is set to take on No. 3 Notre Dame, which may prove to be a difficult matchup for the Quakers. Coming off of a tough Big 5 loss against La Salle (4-3) on November 29, the Quakers (2-3) are looking to rebound after a shaky start to the season.
12/06/17 6:56pm

Penn Athletics has the smallest percentage of female coaches in the Ivy League. Is that a problem?

But in the study, the Ivy League was the lone exception, earning the only “passing” score out of eight studied conferences, with 55 percent of its women’s varsity teams having female head coaches.
12/04/17 11:15pm

Penn men's basketball overcomes slow start to take down Howard, 81-68

Penn used an absolutely dominant stretch at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half to erase a slow start and build an insurmountable lead en route to an 81-68 victory over Howard. 
12/04/17 9:17pm

Penn men's basketball finds itself ranked high, far ahead of Ivy foes in latest RPI update

Penn men's basketball sits at No. 92 in the latest national Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings, which came out on Monday. RPI seeks to compare the nation's many teams by taking into account the massive variety in strength of schedule when looking at wins and losses.
12/04/17 7:47pm

Penn men's basketball tied for the most games played in November in the NCAA. Here's why.

Most major basketball programs play somewhere between 28 and 31 games. Historically, Penn and the rest of the Ivy League play fewer to allow the players time off for winter break and finals. This year, Penn will play 30 games, which means they have to fit the same amount of games as major programs in a smaller amount of time. The result: a packed first month before the break.
12/03/17 10:55pm

Penn swimming takes on the nation's best at the Tennessee Invitational to open up season

After the three long days of intense competition, the women placed fifth out of eight teams with 346 points, while the men came in third with 733 points, finishing behind only Denver (by just seven points) and the hosts, No. 15 Tennessee.
12/03/17 10:19pm

The No. 2 player in the country, a racquet to the face not enough to stop Penn squash on a busy Sunday

"I had so much adrenaline, so it didn't really affect me until after the match," Sedky explained seven hours later, with her nose still bleeding. "It did sting in the beginning, but it was fine." 
12/03/17 9:49pm

Intensity and teamwork define Penn gymnastics' instrasquad scrimmage

In order to prepare for the tough competition they’ll face later this season, the Quakers keep up a high level of intensity and passion, even in the preseason.
12/03/17 7:10pm

From the court to the bench — Ira Bowman hopes to return Penn men's basketball to glory

Now in his sixth season as an assistant, Bowman is men’s basketball’s longest tenured coach. Originally an assistant under Jerome Allen, the former player’s main task is to coach defensive schemes and rotations for the Quakers.
11/29/17 10:04pm

Penn women's basketball can't hold on to early lead, takes tough 66-59 loss at La Salle

It's not how you start that counts, it's how you finish. Penn women's basketball learned that the hard way tonight. 
11/29/17 9:13pm

Penn men's basketball shines early, can't hang with No. 4 Villanova late in 90-62 loss

Penn men’s basketball came ready to play, but in the end, the nation's No. 4 team was just too good.
11/29/17 9:04pm

International tournaments, marathons and more: how Penn fencers spend their offseason

Some members of the Red and Blue don the colors of their home country in the summer months. Sara Papp of Hungary, Nicole Wong of Singapore, and Michael Li of the United States are just a few of the Quakers who have had the honor of representing their national team.
11/29/17 10:41am

Penn fencing captains poised to lead talented squads to Ivy glory

Penn men’s and women’s fencing have aspirations for an Ivy League Championship, and they have the leadership to back it up, with the team captains at the forefront.
11/29/17 10:29am

Meet the former masters student who might just be Penn fencing's secret weapon

The Pittsford, NY native has previously served on the U.S. Junior National Team, and the Junior World Championship Team (2006). In 2011, she made the US Women’s Foil team. ESPN Magazine listed Nott among their recognized CoSIDA Academic All-American athletes in her junior year at Notre Dame.
11/28/17 9:21pm

Penn fencing ready to impress in first-ever appearance at loaded Vassar Invitational

After a deceptively short holiday break, Penn fencing prepares for its second tournament of the season: The Vassar Invitational.
11/27/17 9:10pm

Its biggest game of the season ahead, Penn men's basketball preps for No. 4 Villanova

After five games in eight days, including an epic four-overtime win over Monmouth on Saturday night, Penn men’s basketball hits the road again. This time the ride will be easier, but the opponent will be anything but. 
11/27/17 6:28pm

Penn women's basketball returns from Bahamas to face La Salle in Big 5 showdown

This contest follows last week’s two-game trip to the Bahamas, where the Quakers (2-2) lost to Georgia Tech but responded the next day with an 18-point comeback win versus Missouri State.
11/26/17 8:57pm

Ryan Betley explodes for 71 points in a single week to earn DP Sports' Player of the Week

Betley's 71 points over four games were more than any other Quaker and enough to earn him DP Sports' Player of the Week. The guard has been a go-to scorer for Penn in tough situations, especially when opponents focus on classmate AJ Brodeur.
11/26/17 7:37pm

Four takeaways from Penn women's basketball's Thanksgiving trip to the Bahamas

A trip to the Bahamas taught us a lot about Penn women's basketball, ranging from the return of an injured star to the breakout of a freshman guard to watch.
11/26/17 7:12pm

Snow | Penn men's basketball's quadruple-overtime victory was the game of a lifetime

The Quakers’ epic 101-96 victory was by every stretch of the imagination an instant classic. It was the most Penn had scored in over a decade, and its first time in quadruple overtime since 1920. 
11/25/17 10:51pm

Penn men's basketball survives quadruple-overtime thriller at Monmouth, 101-96

Such a spectacle hasn't happened to Penn since 1920, making this the second time ever the Quakers made it so far into a contest. The thriller was Penn's second overtime game of the team's young season, with a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to La Salle being the other.
11/24/17 11:03pm

Penn women's basketball comes from 18 points back to take incredible win in the Bahamas

The incredible comeback had shades of last year’s season-ending loss in the NCAA Tournament to Texas A&M. Up 21 with eight minutes to go, the Quakers fell victim to the largest comeback in tournament history. The Aggies led for just one minute and 39 seconds.
11/23/17 8:17pm

Penn women's basketball runs out of steam in defeat to Georgia Tech in the Bahamas

Penn (1-2) kept the game within five or six points for almost the entire game, and even led for a few minutes, but the Yellow Jackets (6-0) went on two crucial runs in the second half that ultimately forced the Quakers out of the game. 
11/22/17 8:14pm

Penn men's basketball powers past UMKC to take third place in Thanksgiving tournament

Penn men’s basketball limped across the finish line of its third game in as many days at the Gulf Coast Showcase to beat the University of Missouri, Kansas City, 68-65. 
11/21/17 10:49pm

Towson outlasts Penn men's basketball in semifinal of Gulf Coast Showcase

Despite another blistering start, Penn men’s basketball fell to Towson, 79-71, on Tuesday night in the semifinal of the Gulf Coast Showcase, ending its streak of three dominant wins. 
11/21/17 4:24pm

A Philly Six basketball tournament? 'I don't think it's gonna happen,' Penn's Donahue says

The competition would be a six-team tournament on the first weekend of the season every year — hosted at the Palestra, in an ideal world — that compacts the entire Big 5 schedule into just three days.