In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, Penn women's basketball's huge second half, new records in swimming and track and field, and a goalie stepping up big time for women's lacrosse.
For women’s basketball’s Kendall Grasela and sprint football’s Griffin Fitzsimmons, their athletic challenges have been supplemented with changes to their academic career path.
Penn women’s squash dropped their first match at the Howe Cup to Princeton Friday, putting them in the consolation bracket where they defeated Columbia before ultimately losing to Stanford.
Its record from last meet was 193.725, but on Saturday, the team could not top that, falling down to a still respectable 192.200.
After four long days of competition, the Quakers finished with 921.5 points, behind Princeton with 1301.0, Yale with 1490.5 and eventual champion Harvard at 1616.0.
Facing live competition for the first time since being stunned in the first round of last spring’s NCAA Tournament, the Quakers looked ready for redemption on Saturday against Delaware in both teams’ season opener. Led by seven combined goals from Alex Condon and Gabby Rosenzweig, the Red and Blue overcame a sloppy start to finish on a 7-1 run, turning a close game into a comfortable 12-5 win.
The Quakers used a burst of second half scoring to top Columbia on Friday, 75-39, then a strong defensive effort to take down Cornell 53-39 the next day.
When Penn senior guard and captain Anna Ross picked up her second foul less than five minutes into the game, it would’ve been perfectly reasonable to think the Quakers were in trouble.
It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. The Red and Blue ended up getting nearly everyone involved, as 11 different players scored points
After 20 years as Penn men’s soccer coach, Rudy Fuller has moved from Rhodes Field to Weightman Hall. Fuller has accepted a promotion to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Intercollegiate Programs.
With the mercury ever falling, Penn women’s squash will be looking to finish the season on a high note at the CSA National Team championships.
The Quakers have some major momentum halfway through their season, setting a season-high team score in each of their five meets. And with the Ivy Classic right around the corner, the team is eager to keep buliding into peak condition, facing Penn State and Cornell on Saturday.
After a 20-point loss to Princeton, Penn women’s basketball will look to get its season back on the right track this weekend as it takes on Ivy League bottom-dwellers Columbia and Cornell on the road.
Penn fencing coach Andy Ma has won his third consecutive Ivy League Coach of the Year award, this year winning the men’s and women’s Co-Coach of the Year. The previous two seasons, he was named Coach of the Year for the men’s side.
Besides two races, Hu has finished first every single time she’s lined up on the blocks for the 200 fly so far.
Penn women’s lacrosse will hold their season opener against Delaware this weekend at Franklin Field. The core of last year’s Ivy League Championship team is returning to defend its title this season.
For nearly a decade, Swirbalus has trained with six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, forming a strong bond in the process.
The Quakers struggled in all facets of the game, especially on offense, where they recorded season-lows in points, field goal percentage, and assists.
Penn women’s basketball’s Tuesday night matchup against Princeton was a highly anticipated one, with the two teams playing for the first place spot in the Ivy League. However, Princeton came out of the gates strong and never let Penn get too close, ultimately beating the Quakers, 60-40.
Penn’s star senior has been a force to be reckoned with at the Ivy League championships for three straight years now.
Ahead of the game, three of our writers outline the biggest keys to avoid the season sweep for the first time since 2015.
Both Penn (15-5, 6-1 Ivy) and Princeton (16-4, 6-1) have dropped just one Ivy contest, but at the moment, the Tigers seems to be in the driver’s seat thanks to their road win over the Quakers in early January.
In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, Penn men's basketball wins two and loses one, all on huge individual offensive outputs, while women's basketball featured a huge individual effort of its own.
On Sunday, Penn’s men fencing secured a share of a third consecutive title at the 2018 Ivy League Championships. Penn shares its 17th overall title with Harvard and Columbia, after the three teams recorded identical 4-1 records against the rest of the league.
This weekend, victories against the Big Red were followed by two nail-biting 5-4 losses to Columbia.
Nwokedi was simply outstanding. The senior set a new career high with 30 points, and was able to eclipse her previous career high in the first half alone.
On Sunday afternoon, Penn gymnastics hit its season high score in its Senior Meet, beating out its previous high earned last week at Cornell by more than a full point. Among the highlights for the Red and Blue was a combined score of 49.300 on floor, tying a school record last set in 2003, as the Quakers ultimately took third place in the contest.
While it will be just the eighth game of the season for both these teams, Tuesday’s game will likely decide the league. The top seed is up for grabs.
And Penn should win it.
Penn had been rolling coming into this game, reeling off five straight conference wins, including a 65-47 drubbing of Dartmouth, but the latest, by a score of 69-49 over Harvard (13-8, 5-3 Ivy), is more than just another solid conference victory.
This group of 11 female juniors combines to form a house — and in the process, perhaps one of the more unique bonds Penn Athletics has ever seen.
Penn women’s basketball easily handled Dartmouth in a 65-47 win at the Palestra. The Quakers lead comfortably for the majority of the game, leading to an expanded bench, particularly in the second half.
Rather than resting on their laurels, Penn came into this game with a fire, shutting the Big Green down early and holding onto the lead throughout in a game that stopped being close sometime in the second quarter.
Now, the Quakers are set to host Dartmouth (12-7, 4-2 Ivy) on Friday and Harvard (13-6, 5-1 Ivy) on Saturday. Despite the team’s recent success, these matches should not be taken lightly.
Still, this is a monumental occasion, and many teams have already reconfigured their schedules to accommodate the ticker-tape parade on Thursday morning.
The outlier there, the 6-5, is Penn women’s squash's record this year — a stark departure from the years of dominance seen in those prior three records. After consistently leading the pack in the Ivy League, what accounts for the struggles that this team has faced?
This Sunday, Penn gymnastics will face Temple, Bridgeport, and Ursinus in a home meet at the Palestra. It’s the Quakers' senior meet, so the team will honor the contributions of the team’s seniors in a pre-meet ceremony.
The whole season has led to this moment — and it’s finally here.
The Quakers are preparing to travel to New York on Friday, where they will face off against Cornell. On Sunday, they will return home to close out the regular season against Columbia.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: for the seventh week this season, the Ivy League has recognized Penn women's basketball freshman center Eleah Parker as Rookie of the Week.
Penn men's and women's squash was on the road this weekend facing a double header against Dartmouth and Harvard.
In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, Penn gymnastics flirts with perfection on beam, wrestling manages a come-from-behind win, and basketball continues to dominate.
The women's squad held its own against a solid lineup of teams. The Quakers finished the weekend with a record of 3-2, with the two losses against No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 5 Ohio State. On the men's side, the Quakers didn’t fare as well, finishing the weekend 2-3, with losing bouts coming to the hands of the No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Ohio State, and No. 10 Stanford.
The Quakers came away with a season-high score of 192.675 in a huge win, avenging earlier losses to the Big Red both this season and in last year's Ivy Classic.
The Quakers won twice this weekend by sticking to the gameplan that has worked so well for them in recent years: stingy defense and balanced offense. Penn dominated Brown, 88-55, on Friday, and dispatched Yale the next day, 69-54.
The Quakers (12-5, 3-1 Ivy) used a rapid start to coast the rest of the way, while the Bears (13-5, 1-4) couldn't break through Penn's press and 2-3 zone defense.
The Penn squash program had a rocky start to a long weekend of play, losing both the men’s and women’s matches to Ivy League rival Princeton.
It’s an all-Ivy rematch, and it will be a tight one. This Saturday, Penn gymnastics will travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on defending Ivy League champion Cornell, a side it faced only three weeks ago in the season-opening Lindsey Ferris Invitational.
Penn volleyball must conduct yet another coaching search after their head coach took a job at Penn State just one year into her Quakers tenure.
Now, the Quakers must extend those winning ways to New England, where they play Brown in Providence on Friday and then Yale in New Haven on Saturday.
These allegations raise questions about whether the pressure King imposed on her players crossed the line into mistreatment.