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Penn softball takes South division control

After winning three of its four contests against the Tigers, the Quakers are now sitting pretty, with a 2.5-game lead over trailing Columbia.

April 20, 2014

Phillips | A hard, long look into the mirror for Penn basketball

On Monday night, the problems with Penn basketball came to a head, as The Daily Pennsylvanian confirmed that freshman Tony Bagtas , sophomore Julian Harrell  and junior Henry Brooks  were off of the team

April 14, 2014

Penn basketball holds on against lowly Cornell, 69-65

Going up against the worst team in the Ivy League, Penn held on thanks to Dau Jok's 21 points, defeating Cornell, 69-65.

March 8, 2014

Phillips | Allen has lost Penn basketball

There are a lot of bad teams in college basketball, but Penn is not just bad. The Quakers are an undisciplined, insubordinate squad.

March 7, 2014

Phillips | A tale of two Allens

Allen Iverson and Jerome Allen shared an NBA court once. Both had similar dreams, but only one is still being lived.

March 3, 2014

Freshman forward rounding into form for Penn basketball

With offers from Stanford and Virginia Tech on the table, Howard ultimately chose to play for Penn, providing coach Jerome Allen with a player boasting an incredible basketball IQ.

February 11, 2014

Phillips | Time to forget Penn basketball's flaws

This is the time of year when you suspend all the cynicism. Penn basketball takes on Yale on Friday, a matchup of young squads trying to keep the illusion of relevance up for yet another week. Each team wants a chance at turning a fling into something real.

February 10, 2014

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | Penn basketball vs. Columbia

Penn beats Columbia for an Ivy sweep, Harvard loses to Yale and all of a sudden, the Quakers have a pulse in the Ivy League. Here’s the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Quakers’ win over the Lions.

February 8, 2014

Phillips | Identifying the problem is just the first step

Either Allen finally unlocks the code to this team that he’s put together, or it won’t be his team for much longer.

February 3, 2014

Phillips | Second is best for Quakers in Ivies

With league play kicking into full gear this weekend, I’ll take my chance at predicting how the 14-game tournament that is the Ivy season will pan out for the Quakers with these four predictions

January 29, 2014

Ivy League mid-season teleconference: Highlights from coach Jerome Allen

Jerome Allen spoke on the mid-season Ivy League teleconference about the struggles his team has had with turnovers and the balance his team has.

January 16, 2014

Phillips | The holiest cathedral but a different kind of rock

For one day, church services will be conducted again at the Palestra, the Cathedral of Basketball.

January 15, 2014

Phillips | After that win, I've finally found my hat

Coach Jerome Allen loves verbally taking his hat off to opposing teams or players. But now, columnist John Phillips takes his hat off to Penn’s coach.

January 11, 2014

Phillips | Five predictions more reliable than Penn basketball

I’ve seen more Penn sports than I’d like to admit in the last year (including, miraculously, covering five of Penn basketball’s nine victories since January), so I’d like to think that my look into the next semester’s worth of Penn sports will yield some strong predictions.

December 9, 2013

Phillips | The guy next door, your old friend and that girl in class

There are natural comparisons in life, and it’s hard not to compare Penn to Drexel, Villanova and Harvard.

December 3, 2013

Penn basketball blows out Niagara, 85-66

Sophomore Tony Hicks went for 33 points on 12-for-20 shooting, allowing the Quakers to cruise to victory. Penn defeated Niagara, 85-66.

November 26, 2013

Phillips | Max Polkinhorne couldn't spear a victory for Penn men's soccer

On a night when sophomore goalie Max Polkinhorne electrified the large crowd at Rhodes Field, it was Providence’s keeper, Keasel Broome, who ended the night dancing before Penn’s student section.

November 21, 2013

Phillips | After a rough season, Penn men's soccer makes a leap to relevancy

It’s unclear when Penn men’s soccer took the leap. But regardless of when, where or how, the Red and Blue figured it out this season.

November 18, 2013

Cancer can't beat Penn soccer's Kinn

In his freshman year, Tyler Kinn received tough news, but has since rebounded to start in goal for Penn soccer.

November 14, 2013

Phillips | Beating Monmouth was all about effort for Penn basketball

While the Quakers surely didn’t win the game because of execution, it wasn’t because of luck either. It was thanks to effort.

November 12, 2013

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