Women's Basketball

03/19/17 9:01pm

Penn women's tennis sweeps singles play en route to a 6-1 victory over St. John's

There really is no denying it, Penn women’s tennis is on a roll. Saturday, the Red and Blue (7-6) hosted and promptly dismissed St. John’s (10-3), winning the afternoon contest 6-1. With the win, Penn secured its third straight victory as it heads into conference play in two weeks.
03/19/17 8:34pm

Despite several impressive individual performances, Penn gymnastics places sixth at ECAC Championship

Another season has come and gone for Penn gymnastics. The Red and Blue wrapped up the year yesterday with a sixth-place finish up in Providence at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.
03/19/17 8:02pm

Penn Athletics Weekend MVP: Emily Rogers-Healion

After a dominant performance helped lead No.12 Penn to victory over No. 16 Duke, this week’s Penn Athletics Weekend MVP goes to women’s lacrosse senior Emily Rodgers-Healion.
03/19/17 6:30pm

Balanced attack propels No. 12 Penn women's lacrosse to 16-6 victory against No. 16 Duke

Penn’s current team certainly delivered a display worthy of a particularly historic Alumni Day. The No. 12 Quakers beat No.16 Duke at Franklin Field by a score of 16-6. The ten goal deficit represents the largest margin of victory for Penn (6-1) so far in the 2017 campaign and is indicative of an offense that has ramped up significantly over the past month.
03/19/17 12:36am

In a fit of March Madness, Penn women's basketball falls victim to the largest comeback in Tournament history

No. 12 Penn led by 21 points with nine minutes to go. But in March Madness, no lead is safe. No. 5 Texas A&M huffed, puffed, and blew Penn’s California dreams away in the final minute to complete the largest comeback in NCAA Women’s Tournament history. They ended the game on a 26-3 run, and stole victory right out of the Quakers’ hands.
03/18/17 12:33pm

Jacobson | Penn women's basketball isn't there yet — but program is on brink of breakthrough

It doesn’t get worse than this. There’s no sugarcoating what we just saw; Penn women’s basketball choked. And as much as it pains me to say it both as a journalist and a fan, that’s the evidence that coach Mike McLaughlin’s program isn’t quite at the next level yet.
03/15/17 8:41pm

After delay, Penn softball readies for home opener against Rider

Penn softball will host Rider on Saturday in a doubleheader, assuming weather permits the games to be played. The Quakers (4-6) were supposed to have their home opener this Wednesday against Lafayette, but that doubleheader was postponed because of inclement weather. The makeup date has not yet been announced.
03/15/17 7:51pm

Continuing rigorous slate, Penn women's lacrosse welcomes No. 16 Duke to Franklin Field

This Saturday has long been marked on the calendar, as No. 12 Quakers (5-1, 0-1 Ivy) will be welcoming both their own alumni and No. 16 Duke to Franklin Field. Additionally, now marking a full decade, they will be celebrating the in-conference-undefeated 2007 team, who pulled off an incredible NCAA tournament run culminating in a Final Four appearance.
03/15/17 7:49pm

Penn women's tennis hopes to keep spring break momentum rolling against St. John's

Following a successful Spring Break trip, the Quakers are looking to stay hot this weekend against St. John’s (10-2). On that trip, the Red and Blue (6-6, 0-0 Ivy) went 3-1, including a dominant 5-2 victory against No. 36 Florida State.
03/15/17 4:53pm

Let the Madness begin! Penn women's basketball prepares for Texas A&M in first round of NCAA Tourney

They’ve been here before. In fact, this is their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years. But a first NCAA Tournament win in program history still eludes the women of Penn basketball. The Quakers will be hoping that the third time is the charm when they tip off against Texas A&M in the first round of March Madness on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
03/15/17 2:44pm

Penn gymnastics looks to bring home major hardware in ECAC Championships

This Saturday, the Red and Blue will travel to Providence, R.I. to compete against Brown, Cornell, Temple, William and Mary, and Yale. The squad is looking for a big finish in order to qualify for USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals in Seattle, Washington on April 7th.
03/14/17 6:42pm

Penn track & field's distance runners hope to continue historic season

For Penn, there’s at least one group they can count on: this year’s distance squad is up to the challenge. Focused around a strong core of seniors, both the men and women come into 2017’s outdoor season with momentum from cross country in the fall and indoor track in the winter.
03/14/17 5:36pm

Year in Review: 2016 saw major ups and downs from Red and Blue

For Penn track and field, 2016 was a year brimming with accolades and fraught with never-before-seen accomplishments — but there was still even more left on the table.
03/14/17 5:32pm

Following strong indoor season, Penn track and field's throwers and jumpers ready for even more

Despite the storm, Penn track and field is preparing to co-host the Philadelphia College Classic on Friday at Franklin Field. After exceeding expectations during the indoor season, Penn’s throwers and jumpers are gearing up for a big outdoor season.
03/14/17 5:22pm

Young sprinting core moves up Ivy League ranks for Penn track and field

Riding tremendous waves of momentum from the indoor season, Penn track and field's high-flying sprinters have their sights set on Ivy League glory — and beyond — this outdoor season.
03/14/17 5:10pm

Talented class of freshmen seeks to impress in outdoor season for Penn track and field

This Friday’s Philadelphia College Classic marks the kickoff of the outdoor season, and for many freshmen the first opportunity to compete at Franklin Field wearing the Red and Blue.
03/13/17 9:53pm

The Ivy Tournament just ended, but will it be back at the Palestra next year?

By all accounts, the first-ever Ivy League basketball tournament was a grand success, thanks in large part to the event's host, the Palestra.
03/13/17 8:47pm

Penn women's basketball is headed to L.A. after drawing 12 seed in NCAA Tournament

The Quakers will face No. 5 seed Texas A&M on Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
03/13/17 8:41pm

Jacobson | Ivy Tournament was fun — but was it best for the league?

Without a doubt, the inaugural Ivy League tournament was a success by any definition of the word. But was it the best move for the league to make? Ultimately, I’m still skeptical.
03/12/17 7:32pm

Pollack | Questions remain as Penn women's basketball heads to NCAA Tournament

Penn's victories this weekend showcased some of the best this team has to offer: great ball movement on offense and stingy defense that forces teams to make tough shots and Michelle Nwokedi dominating on both sides of the ball. But even still, there are plenty of questions left for this team as they approach the NCAA Tournament.
03/12/17 7:28pm

Tournament bound! Penn women's basketball seals bid to March Madness with 57-48 win over Princeton

Ivy League regular season championship? Check. Ivy League Tournament championship? Check that, too.
03/12/17 6:38pm

Spring Break Roundup: How did Penn Athletics fare over the past week?

You know all about Penn men’s and women’s basketball’s performances at the inaugural Ivy League tournament this weekend, but those teams were far from the only Red and Blue squads competing over a jam-packed spring break.
03/11/17 6:23pm

Penn men's basketball loses overtime thriller to Princeton in Ivy Tournament

Despite playing what has to be in the conversation for the best ever of the two schools’ 237 all-time meetings, the Cinderella run for Penn men’s basketball finally came to an end today. Though the Quakers never trailed in regulation and held a 10-point second half lead, the squad came up agonizingly short of stunning the unbeaten Tigers in a heartbreaking 72-64 overtime loss.
03/11/17 4:53pm

Five lessons learned from Penn men's basketball's heartbreaking tournament defeat

There’s no escaping it — Penn men’s basketball choked in the end of its Ivy League Tournament loss to Princeton. Penn’s spirit looked remarkably shattered after the final whistle, but the players can go home with their heads held high.
03/11/17 1:44pm

Nwokedi, Brzozowski lead the way for Penn against Brown in Ivy Tournament semifinal

Despite leading through much of the first half, Penn saw their lead shrink down to 33-32 at the break due to a barrage of threes from Brown. The Bears came roaring out of the gates to take the lead, but Penn responded with a 14-0 run to take the lead for good.
03/11/17 1:33pm

Penn women's basketball marches onto the Ivy League Tournament final after beating Brown, 71-60

After today, though, Penn women’s basketball took one step closer to another trip to the Big Dance after beating Brown in the first-ever Ivy League Tournament game, 71-60.
03/10/17 12:06pm

Having made the Tournament, Penn men's basketball faces its biggest challenge yet

The impossible dream has come true: Penn men’s basketball came back from the dead to make the first-ever Ivy League Tournament. But this story isn’t over.
03/10/17 10:05am

The Ivy Tournament is finally here! Penn women's basketball preps for another championship

The No. 1 seeded Penn Quakers (20-7, 13-1 Ivy) will fight this weekend for a bid to the NCAA Tournament at the Ivy League’s inaugural postseason tournament. Only the top four teams made it this far, and according to Penn coach Mike McLaughlin, anyone can win it.
03/09/17 4:28pm

Penn women's basketball racks up the hardware as Ivy awards announced for 2016-17 season

After a dominant Ivy League campaign, nobody should be surprised that Penn women's basketball scored big when Ivy League year-end awards were announced. Junior forward Michelle Nwokedi (Ivy League Player of the Year and First Team All-Ivy), senior center Sydney Stipanovich and junior guard Anna Ross (Second Team All-Ivy) and coach Mike McLaughlin (Ivy League Coach of the Year) were big winners when the awards were handed out on Thursday, just as they have been all season with the 13-1 Quakers, who enter the Ivy League Tournament as the top seed. 
03/07/17 12:34pm

Weitzman | Penn men's basketball went from Zero to Hero, with the Ivy Tournament now here

After falling to last place in the Ivy League with an 0-6 start, Penn men's basketball was down in the dumps. Big time. But thanks to the new Ivy League Tournament, Penn was still not technically out. Outside Penn’s locker room, few gave the Quakers any chance, but this team persevered.
03/05/17 5:26pm

With 64-46 victory over Harvard, Penn women's basketball captures second straight Ivy title

One night after securing a share of the Ivy title, Penn women's basketball defeated Harvard 64-46 to take the title outright and secure the top seed in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. This is the first time in program history that the Quakers (19-7, 12-1 Ivy) captured back-to-back Ivy titles.
03/04/17 10:13pm

Penn men's basketball secures No. 4 seed in Ivy Tournament with thrilling 75-72 win over Harvard

With an Ivy League tournament berth on the line, Penn defeated Harvard 75-72 after sophomore Jackson Donahue hit a game-winning three with just six seconds left. The shot gave Donahue his first and only points of the night.
03/03/17 10:03pm

In brutal loss to Dartmouth, Penn men's basketball moves to brink of Ivy Tournament elimination

This one was tough. With both teams still seeking bids in the first ever Ivy League Playoff, Dartmouth men's basketball proved to be just a little too much, defeating the Quakers, 76-74, in dramatic fashion.
03/01/17 8:10pm

Penn softball opens season in Florida with jam-packed stretch

The Quakers will open their 2017 season with an action-packed trip down to the Sunshine State. This will be the team’s first chance to generate some positive momentum after a disappointing 2016. More importantly, it will be a major measuring stick for the team and a precious opportunity to gauge the makeup of the team before the games start to count in the Ivy League standings.
03/01/17 8:04pm

Penn women's lacrosse ready for revenge in rematch of last year's Ivy tournament title game

For Penn women’s lacrosse, Spring Break doesn’t necessarily live up to its name. Instead of lying on a couch or dancing at a concert, the Quakers (3-0) will forgo their break and enter a tough stretch of three games in eight days.
03/01/17 7:30pm

These action-filled trips down South should make a busy spring break slate for Penn tennis

Over spring break, Penn men’s and women’s tennis will have their hands full as they make their annual road trips in search of competition and warmer climates. This year, the men’s team (7-5) will take its talents to Louisiana for a span of three days from March 8-10. Just a week after Mardi Gras festivities, the Quakers make the trip south where they will play a slate of four teams over the course of three days.
03/01/17 7:10pm

It's all on the line for Penn men's basketball in final Ivy doubleheader

With one final weekend of games remaining, the Quakers (12-13, 5-7 Ivy) have the opportunity to complete one of the most remarkable season turnarounds ever witnessed in Ivy League athletics. The teams standing in the Red and Blue’s way? Dartmouth and Harvard — two teams that Penn lost to earlier this year but will be hungry to avenge.
03/01/17 6:50pm

With road doubleheader at Harvard, Dartmouth, Penn women's basketball can taste second straight Ivy title

With the Ivy Tournament looming in just a week, the Quakers is set to take their final Ivy road trip of the season. The Quakers (17-7, 10-1 Ivy) will travel to Dartmouth to take on the Big Green (7-18, 2-10) on Friday, then to Cambridge, Mass. to take on Harvard (20-5, 8-4) the next day.
02/28/17 7:10pm

What does Penn men's basketball need to do to make the Ivy League Tournament?

Amazingly, entering the final weekend in the Ivy League regular season, six teams still have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. Two teams, Princeton and Harvard, have already clinched a spot in the Ivy tournament, and Yale is overwhelmingly likely to take third, leaving Penn, Columbia and Dartmouth to fight for the final spot.
02/28/17 5:48pm

Penn men's basketball senior Matt Howard refuses to say goodbye to the Palestra just yet

In every previous season, senior night was the final game that the fourth year players on Penn Men’s basketball would play in the Palestra. But accepting that this weekend is his goodbye to the home crowd is not even on senior forward Matt Howard’s radar.
02/27/17 11:52pm

Blocks, The Bachelor and Penn women's basketball: The story of legendary senior Sydney Stipanovich

She’s easy-going. She’s the calm in the middle of the storm. She hosts Bachelor watch parties on Monday nights. She’s also one of the three greatest players in Penn women’s basketball history. 
02/27/17 10:53pm

Four Quakers earn Ivy Player of the Week honors

It was a huge weekend for some of Penn Athletics' brightest stars, as four student-athletes donning the Red and Blue took home Ivy League Player of the Week awards.
02/27/17 10:52pm

Penn tennis squads both split weekend doubleheaders

It was a busy weekend for the Penn men’s and women’s tennis teams with both teams splitting a pair of matches. The women’s squad played their first match of the weekend on the road in College Park to take on the No. 42 ranked Terrapins, falling 6-1.
02/27/17 10:52pm

Penn fencing gains momentum with strong showing at Temple Invitational

The Temple Invitational was held on Sunday and Penn men’s and women’s fencing both finished the competition with a winning record. The Temple Invitational is a key point in the fencing season as it is the last match play before NCAA regionals. Gaining momentum going into the final stretch of the season is crucial, and both the women’s and men’s teams left the invitation with some impressive wins.
02/27/17 4:21pm

From one court to another: former Penn men's basketball player now works at HamCo

After serving as a power forward for the team for two years, Mike Auger left both the Red and Blue program and the University as a whole at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year. Now working as a leasing specialist for Hamilton Court apartments, the 6-foot-7 would-be junior has left his athletic career in the dust.
02/26/17 11:23pm

Penn track & field brings home several records at historic Ivy League indoor championship

Penn track and field teams boasted record-breaking times and history-making performances this weekend at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships in New York City. On the women’s side, the Red and Blue earned a total of 13 podium performances to finish second overall. The Penn men weren’t able to find the remarkable success that their female counterparts had, but some epic individual performances exemplified their drive to rank themselves among the very best.
02/26/17 10:04pm

Penn Athletics Weekend MVP: Alex Condon

While athletes from women’s basketball, gymnastics, and wrestling have already gotten the MVP nod during the winter season, spring is coming, and so are the stars of spring sports. With that in mind, we turn to women’s lacrosse and Alex Condon as this week’s recipient of the Penn Athletics Weekend MVP award. The junior midfielder tallied eight goals in no. 10 Penn’s impressive 10-7 victory over no. 18 John’s Hopkins.
02/26/17 9:56pm

Behind Condon's career day, No. 10 Penn women's lacrosse takes down No. 18 Johns Hopkins 10-7

After giving up a first half lead, the tenth-ranked Quakers (2-0, 0-0 Ivy) defeated the No. 18 Blue Jays (3-1) by a score of 10-7, powered by eight goals – yes, eight – from junior midfielder Alex Condon. Condon’s goal tally, which was a career high for her and one away from both the Penn and Ivy League record books, brings her season goal total to ten over just two games.
02/26/17 9:07pm

Fleischer | Despite the heartbreak, Penn men's basketball has a lot to be proud of following its loss at Columbia

So, despite the loss, the Quakers have a lot to be proud of from this game. It’s now time for them to channel that pride into improvement and to win the next two games against Dartmouth and Harvard in hopes of securing an Ivy League Tournament bid.
02/26/17 8:46pm

Heartbreak comes for second straight year as Penn women's squash can't top Harvard in national championship

With No. 2 Penn women’s squash facing No. 1 Harvard in the Collegiate Squash Association national championship for the second straight season after losing a brutal 5-4 decision a year ago, the narrative was almost writing itself: Heartbreak pushes team to success. Underdog upsets favorite. Former loser gets all-too-sweet revenge. But unfortunately, in sports, the Hollywood story doesn’t always hold.