This season has not been kind to Penn men’s basketball. Coming into Friday’s game against Columbia, the Quakers were winless in six Ivy League contests and in desperate need of a better performance to have any shot of making the Ivy League Tournament. The Red and Blue were able to gut out the victory on the back of 48 rebounds and 12 three-pointers. Let’s go to the player ratings.
Matt Howard has solved Penn men's basketball’s finishing problem. After watching an 11-point lead slip away in the second half, the senior forward was determined to not let another strong start go to waste. Howard hit a clutch three-pointer with eight minutes to play, cutting a brief Columbia lead down to one. But, it was his defensive closing that sealed the game for the Red and Blue as they went on to win 70-62.
In the first leg of its first Ivy road doubleheader of the season, Penn women's basketball downed Columbia 64-54. An all-around effort for the Quakers saw major contributions from several bench players.
Coming in as the Ivy League’s only remaining undefeated team, Penn certainly looked the part on Friday night, as the Quakers led for all but two minutes of the game in their 64-54 victory over Columbia.
Time to hit the road.
Having just finished a seven-game stretch at home, Penn women’s basketball will leave the comfort of the Palestra for its first away competition in a month
"Alright, we’ve had our fun over the last couple of days, but may the real Ivy League championship contenders step forward..." Entering from stage right is coach Andy Ma and Penn fencing, poised this weekend to take another shot at collecting the coveted Ivy League Fencing Championship titles.
Coach Steve Donahue of Penn men’s basketball is not keen on the phrase “must-win.”
In fact, in a past interview, he has described the phrase as “for the media” (guilty as charged) and “not what we focus on.”
However, with the Red and Blue (7-12, 0-6 Ivy) hosting two immensely important games against Columbia and Cornell this weekend, he had seemingly no choice but to use the vaunted expression.
“In terms of making the tournament, I think both of the games this weekend are must-win,” Donahue admitted.
Penn gymnastics will take to Piscataway, N.J. to show they judges how they balance out against Rutgers, Maryland, and Ivy League rival Yale. The event will mark the team's third quad meet of the season and will be a chance to prove to itself and its opponents that its fundamentals are sound as a beam and its ability to execute is not up for debate.
For a Penn squash program anticipating a major postseason, it's the last chance to tune up. This weekend, both the men's and women's teams will take on the final two matches of their regular seasons, facing Columbia and Cornell to wrap up Ivy League play.
Penn men’s basketball fell to its archnemesis Princeton, 64-49, in a high-stakes rivalry match that kept the Quakers rooted to the bottom of the Ivy League and solidified the Tigers’ grip at the top. Despite the packed crowd at the Palestra there to celebrate the Cathedral of Basketball’s 90th birthday, there was no celebration for Penn (7-12, 0-6 Ivy) and its players’ hopes of topping their fiercest rivals (13-6, 6-0) in the first match between the two during the school year since 2012.
In the most highly-anticipated game of the year, Penn men’s basketball fell to archrival Princeton, 64-49, to keep the Quakers languishing at the bottom of the Ivy League. In his postgame press conference Tuesday night, coach Steve Donahue lamented that his players really didn’t play that badly — they just aren’t good enough at their current level. With that in mind, here are our player ratings from Penn’s loss to Princeton at the Palestra:
I went to both Penn-Princeton men's basketball games this year, and they tell the story of our team's season. They tell the story of a team that had the ability to hang with the best of the league, but just couldn't put it all together. They tell the story of a squad that had ample opportunities to earn their way back into competition, but faltered when it mattered most.
On Tuesday, when Princeton storms into town to take on the Red and Blue, students from across the university will flock to the Palestra to view in-person the storied basketball rivalry matchup that the Ivy League has boasted every year since 1903. Several groups on campus are taking advantage of this valuable opportunity to give their members a break from the stresses of academics.
The last time we hosted you guys during a normal damn time of the school year to host one’s biggest rival (seriously, Ivy schedule-makers? FIVE years?), Penn won. That was also the last time we did these columns. So this game is pretty much in the bag.
What’s the exact opposite of the remarkable 5-0 start the Tigers are enjoying this season? And the opposite of an eight-game winning streak, with victories against the likes of Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, and Brown?
When the Palestra hosted its first game all the way back in 1927, the 10,000-seat arena was one of the largest indoor stadiums in the world. Today, that capacity has been downgraded to a little over 8,000, but the thousands in attendance at the Penn-Princeton men's basketball game on Tuesday night will still get one of the highest-quality experiences in all of the sport.
On Tuesday, Penn men's basketball will face off against rival Princeton in the Palestra for the first time during Penn's school year since 2012. The game will celebrate the Palestra's 90th anniversary, as it will be the schools’ 236th meeting with each other. But before the Quakers and Tigers tip off in Tuesday's crazily anticipated matchup, take a look back at the last time the teams met during the school year in the rivalry’s 225th edition.
For the past 12 years, every game that’s tipped off inside the Palestra has been called by none other than Richard Kahn. But if you hadn’t noticed, he wouldn’t be offended.
Last November, Aaron Rodgers predicted his struggling team would “run the table”. At the time, Rodgers' Packers were 4-6, two games out of first place in the division. By season’s end, they had done exactly that. Penn men’s basketball team finds itself in a somewhat similar position.
At the Quakers' second home competition of the year, Division II Bridgeport stunned all in attendance to take the quad-meet victory by beating NC State by just 0.257 points, while Cornell took third and the Quakers took a frustrating fourth place.
The thing about momentum is that it builds. After stringing together seven consecutive victories, there may be no stopping Penn women’s squash.
With the Ivy League Championships coming up, it could have been very easy for Penn fencing to look ahead and not focus on the match at hand. But the men’s and the women’s teams would do no such thing, dominating the competition at the Northwestern Duals this weekend.
It’s time to start thinking about the big picture.
These past two days have been demonstrative of Penn women’s basketball’s Ancient Eight dominance. But the team needs to be careful to not allow the Ivy League bubble obfuscate its awareness of the talent exhibited by the rest of the NCAA.
On its farthest road trip of the Ivy League season, Penn men’s basketball dropped two critical games to Harvard and Dartmouth, blowing an early lead in Cambridge before falling to the previously-conference-winless Big Green. After jumping out to a massive early lead, Penn basketball regressed substantially over the game’s final 30 minutes en route to a 69-59 loss to Harvard Friday night.
Every week, there's one star across Penn Athletics that shines bright enough to merit extra recognition. The decision is often tough, but for this weekend, the answer is clear-cut: no one at Penn shone brighter than women's basketball star Anna Ross.
Penn women’s basketball tallied a pair of wins over Harvard and Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday to take firm control of first place in the Ivy League. The Quakers (12-6, 5-0 Ivy) made easy work of them both, beating a Harvard team (16-3, 4-2) ranked 20th in the RPI by 20 points and a decent Dartmouth side (6-13, 1-5) by 30.
Penn men’s basketball’s trip to Cambridge was supposed to be the beginning of the Ivy League resurgence. Coming off a big win at La Salle, Quaker fans — and coach Steve Donahue — were hoping the momentum would continue. It did, just for about 15 minutes. Then came the collapse.
After jumping out to a massive early lead, Penn basketball regressed substantially over the game’s final 30 minutes en route to a 69-59 loss to Harvard Friday night.
Penn women's basketball beat a team ranked 20th in the RPI while hardly pulling out of first gear on Friday night, with a 63-43 demolition of Harvard taking the Quakers to the top of the Ivy League.
Penn women's basketball topped Harvard 63-43 in a highly-anticipated affair that never really lived up to its billing. Penn (11-6, 4-0 Ivy) locked the game down from the get-go and never gave the Crimson (16-2, 4-1) a chance to work their way back into the contest.
This Sunday, Penn will return to the Palestra for its second home competition of the year, hosting North Carolina State, Bridgeport and Cornell in the team’s annual “Pink Meet” to raise breast cancer awareness.
Imagine a sport where every single team in the conference was nationally ranked and half of them were within striking distance of winning a collegiate national title every season.
Harvard (11-6, 3-1 Ivy) has perennially been one of the toughest outs in the Ivy League, and with point guard Syani Chambers back after missing last season with an injury, they are firing on all cylinders again.
Around Penn Athletics, there will be no shortage of high-octane matchups across the board this weekend. All in all, seven Penn teams will be in regular season action over the next three days, with the majority of them getting deep into the crucial stretch of conference play. With such an action-packed weekend ahead, our sports editors head to the roundtable to debate: which Penn team is under the most pressure to perform this weekend?
The calendar has turned to February, and it's conference play the rest of the way for Penn women's basketball. But that might not go quite as smoothly as the defending champs would hope.
With the all-important Ivy League Championship just a week away, Penn fencing travels to Notre Dame this weekend to compete in the Northwestern Duals. The two-day event will feature tough opponents on both the men's and women's sides, as several ranked teams will be among the list of entrants.
Senior captain Matt Nardella and junior captain Josh Pompan were chosen to lead Penn men's tennis to success in this upcoming season as they will face some high competition and competitive rivalries.
Kana Daniel and Penn women's tennis have high expectations on the court this season. This weekend, they'll get the chance to back them up. Penn (0-2) hosts Temple (3-2) this Saturday at 1:00 P.M. in the Hecht Tennis Center.
Despite not winning a team Ivy League title in either the men’s or women’s side, both Quaker teams had impressive seasons. Penn women’s tennis, with their best finish since 2008, finished their season ranked No. 48 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Rankings (ITA). Meanwhile, Penn men’s tennis had a three-win improvement from the year before in the Ivy League.
Yep, the countdown to Penn-Princeton basketball is finally into single digits. But honestly, Penn squash may just hold the most exciting matchup against the Tigers.
February 7 is far and away the most important day of the Penn men’s basketball season. For the first time since 2012, Penn's students will be on campus to witness one of the most historic rivalries in college basketball when the Quakers take on the Princeton Tigers at home.
The freshman's game against La Salle wasn't just one of the best performances in the Ivy League last week. Brodeur scored more points in one game — 35, to be exact — than any other men's basketball player for Penn in the past 20 years. Despite his rookie label, the forward was quick to play down his inexperience.
Coming out of nowhere after an injury-plagued freshman season, Caroline Moore has become a sensation overnight for Penn gymnastics, seizing a leadership role for a Penn team that finds itself in the Ivy League’s driver’s seat in a situation that seemed impossible only months ago.
As we get deeper into the second semester, we’ve started to get a firm grasp on the true makeup of Penn’s winter sports teams. Though there unquestionably is still time for certain teams to flip the script, we’ve already seen enough from most squads to judge whether they’re contenders or pretenders at this point. With that said, our sports editors take to the roundtable to debate: which Penn winter team has exceeded expectations the most so far:
From the Quakers' perspective: trap avoided. In a game that was close for a total of five minutes, Penn women’s basketball dispatched Stevens Tech 89-43.
In its final non-conference game of the season, Penn women’s basketball cruised to a 89-43 victory over Stevens Tech, breaking a few team records under coach Mike McLaughlin in the process.
After a string of strong showings to start the season, the Penn women’s gymnastics team took a unexpected, tough loss to West Chester University on Saturday by a score of 193.400 to 189.350. The Quakers came into this meet riding an impressive wave of momentum after a historically great performance against Yale.
Looks like all the hard work is done.
Penn swimming capped off its regular season with dual wins over West Chester last Friday.
The swimming and diving regular season comes to a close this Friday when the Penn men’s and women’s teams travel to West Chester University for a dual meet against the Golden Rams.
Coming off a huge comeback against Yale, Penn women’s gymnastics looks to parlay that momentum against a struggling West Chester squad which has lost its last three meets.