Out with the old and in with the new.
The 2016 portion of the Penn men’s basketball season is over, and with it the bulk of the non-conference schedule.
Penn women's basketball knows the road to an Ivy League championship goes through Princeton’s Jadwin Gym. After all, it was in that very building that the Quakers won the Ivy title last year and officially punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
LOS ANGELES — The team that came to California was not going to defend its Ivy title. It isn’t just that Penn women’s basketball hadn’t been playing well — though that was certainly the case.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — In the City of Angels, a star was born.
Thanks to a team-high 15 points from freshman Phoebe Sterba, Penn women’s basketball completed a sweep of its California adventure with a 71-55 win over UC Riverside on Monday.
Everything looks better from above .500.
Penn men’s basketball topped visiting Fairfield, 74-68, today in its second and final winter break home matchup. Freshman AJ Brodeur led the Quakers to a hard-fought victory with a career-high 27 points.
Behind a career-high 13 points from sophomore forward Princess Aghayere, Penn took unquestionably its top win of the season, topping Cal State Northridge, 47-36, in a gritty defensive battle.
Only 0.6 miles separate the basketball facilities of Penn and Drexel, and somehow that proximity is reflected on the scoreboard whenever the two teams play.
Penn men’s basketball will take a vacation over the next few weeks, with its next game coming December 28 against Drexel at the Palestra.
A lot can happen in three weeks.
When Penn women’s basketball next takes to the court, three weeks will have gone by since the team’s last outing.
Last Saturday, the Quakers won a nail-biter against Richmond 47-44, but now they’ll have a new challenge, not playing basketball.
“It’s a chance for us to take a little bit of a pause and reflect on where we are at,” coach Mike McLaughlin said.
The Penn women’s and men’s squash teams go into the winter break having two somewhat distinct experiences to start their seasons.
With only preseason tournaments under their belt thus far, Penn’s men and women fencing teams will look to use winter break as one of the final tune-ups before the rigors of the conference season begin.
“Trust The Process.”
The phrase is only three words, but for Philadelphia 76ers fans, it has come to mean so much more.
If I told you that Penn could be a great place to be a college sports fan, how would you react? You would probably laugh at me, and for most people, this statement doesn't hold up.
All season long, Penn men's basketball appeared to be on the verge of improvement in coach Steve Donahue’s second year in charge, but the Quakers still needed that signature win to prove to the college basketball world that they were for real.
Thanks to a breakout performance from junior Sam Jones, that big-time victory is in the books.
Sports Editor-elect Jonathan Pollack:
For me, the best part of Penn Athletics this year was sprint football winning its first outright CSFL title since 2000, so the best moment should come from that season.
With 8:42 remaining in the second half, junior guard Darnell Foreman’s jumper put Penn within two points of George Mason at 57-55.
Between that moment and senior guard Matt Howard’s free throw with 3:07 left, the Quakers scored zero points on nine missed shots and a turnover.
For the second time this week, Penn women's basketball went right down the stretch.
This time, however, it was much happier with the result.
It was poetic, almost, the transfer of dominance.
After senior guard Matt Howard lit things up in the first half, scoring 12 of Penn’s first 15 points, freshman forward AJ Brodeur took over in the second period, tallying 16 of his 22 after intermission.
This was a game Penn should’ve won.
With leads late in both the 4th quarter and overtime, it was the Quakers’ game for the taking.
Penn women's basketball, playing far better of late, will look for far better results in its second Big 5 contest.
The Quakers (3-3) will be at home on Wednesday night to take on La Salle (4-4) for some midweek action at the Palestra.
Sometimes Red, White and Blue comes before Red and Blue. For Penn squash phenom Reeham Salah, that was the case when she joined up with Team USA for the Women’s World Team Championships last weekend in Paris, France.
Penn men’s basketball knew that its opening set of non-conference games to start the season would be challenging. The Quakers were right.
It's early on a Saturday morning. While you're asleep, Garrett Colvin is hard at work.
He’s taken on the responsibility of being one of the few, the proud, the Penn basketball managers.
Student managers are a rare breed.
Bigger isn’t always better.
Just don’t tell that to Penn women’s basketball coach Mike McLaughlin.
Penn basketball juniors Matt MacDonald and Caleb Wood are wearing the Red and Blue for the first time this year — but that’s about all they have in common.
Despite their age, the two juniors are in their first year on Penn's men's basketball team after they both arrived via transferring from other schools.
Undoubtedly, there are many people across Penn’s campus and the greater basketball landscape who are surprised by the immediate impact made by freshman AJ Brodeur.
Just don’t count the 6-foot-8 power forward or his coach among them.
There's something about Penn-Temple basketball. No matter how good or bad the teams are, you can always count on it being just about the best non-conference game featuring the Quakers all year.
Sometimes in sports, everything just clicks, and you make the game look so easy.
That's what happened today for Penn's women's basketball, as they cruised to a 63-39 victory over Wagner.
Both the men's and women's teams traveled to Gambier, Ohio, for their final meet of 2016: the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College. Over the course of the three-day meet, both teams cruised to first-place finishes, blowing out the closest competition.
PHILADELPHIA — Penn basketball fought hard after falling behind big early, but fell short in a 70-62 loss against a superior Temple team on Saturday at the Liacouras Center.
After falling behind 21-4 early in the game, the Red and Blue (2-4) rallied and had it within two points in the game's final minute, but were unable to complete the comeback against the Owls (6-2).
Carr finishes her tenure as the winningest coach in program history at 282-221 (149-95 Ivy).
Just what the doctor ordered.
After a slow start to the season, Penn women’s basketball headed to Lafayette seeking a win to turn their season around.
In order to move on from their defeat at the hands of Villanova, the Penn men’s basketball team must internalize the immortal words of the great Chumbawamba: “You get knocked down, you get up again.”
They're already Philly's finest; now it's time to take it nationwide.
Penn men's and women's swimming are on the road to Gambier, Ohio this Thursday to compete in the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College.
Tuesday night was a success for Penn basketball.
I say that, as one might imagine, for reasons that have nothing to do with what happened on the court.
A good night’s rest can make a big difference.
That’s one thing Penn women's basketball will be hoping for when they step on the court against Lafayette on Wednesday.
What can you do when you’re playing against the best team in the country?
Penn basketball had a tough night against No. 2 Villanova, who enforced its status as reigning NCAA champions in a 82-57 mauling at the Palestra on Tuesday.
Championships are won in the offseason; so goes the age-old cliché. This saying holds true for the members of the Penn Squash team as well, but there’s another, more accurate saying for what they do in the offseason: championships are won all over the world.
Just as it does with other sports, the offseason presents an extended opportunity for squash players to hone their craft and improve specific aspects of their game, be it fitness, technique, or movement.
Freshman Kristen Sun is swimming her heart out on both ends of the Pacific.
Sun represented Hong Kong, her home country, in the 2016 Asian Championships, in Tokyo Japan, from November 17 to 20.
Not only did Nexxt Level train Penn sophomore point guard Jake Silpe, but they also worked with Villanova’s sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson. In fact, the two New Jersey natives met regularly for workout sessions over the summer at Nexxt Level’s training facility in South Jersey.
Back in my freshman year (which indeed calls for the past tense, I swear), Penn basketball hosted Villanova at the Palestra.
When Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating three to defeat North Carolina and give Villanova the NCAA national championship, the entire city of Philadelphia celebrated. Fast forward eight months, and the Wildcats are 6-0, ranked No. 2 in the country and playing like a team poised for another title run.
On Tuesday night, Penn basketball will be taking on the defending champions and Big 5 rival at the Palestra for the Quakers’ home opener.
Penn swimming and diving has hit the ground running. Figuratively, at least.
On Tuesday, just before the holiday break, the Quakers decided to build on their already strong start to the season, sweeping La Salle's men's and women's teams, 161-132 and 163-122, respectively.
When Nicole Vaiani first started learning how to fence, she would beat her older brother all the
After putting themselves in an early hole, a valiant comeback from Penn men’s basketball fell short, resulting in a 70-68 loss at the hands of Navy.
Caleb Wood is adjusting nicely to life with Penn basketball.
The junior transfer dropped 25 points on eight of twelve shooting in just his third game as a member of the Red and Blue.
Death, taxes, and Penn women’s basketball having trouble with Saint Joe’s.
Tuesday evening, the Quakers fell at home to the Hawks, 57-53, in the first Big 5 matchup of the year for the Red and Blue (1-3) as they fell to 2-40 all-time against Saint Joseph’s (1-3).
It sounds paradoxical: Matt MacDonald is, at the same time, a veteran, a captain, and a first-year player.
That is, of course, due to the fact that the junior guard is a transfer.
Counting the three games this year, Penn basketball has played 62 games in the past three seasons.
Not all games are won on the court. Sometimes, the real differences are made on the sidelines, at the gym, or in the locker room.