The more things change, the more they stay the same.
This was supposed to be the year in which Penn women’s basketball broke what has become the standard in the Ivy League.
NEW YORK — Things are going to be interesting down the stretch for Penn women’s basketball.
After losing for the first time in Ivy League play at Cornell on Friday, 51-46, the Quakers rallied to beat down Columbia, 60-42, Sunday afternoon.
ITHACA — This was certainly a situation they aren’t used to. For the first time in Ivy play, Penn women’s basketball found itself trailing at the half, down, 29-25, at Cornell on Friday.
The rest of the Ivy League is running out of chances to stop Penn women’s basketball.
Nine games into 14-Game Tournament, the Quakers (20-3, 9-0 Ivy) remain perfect — and only Princeton has even kept the game to single digits with a 50-48 decision on Jan.
On Friday, Penn women’s basketball struggled to find the basket. On Saturday, they seemed incapable of doing anything but.
And yet both games they cruised to double-digit victories.
Behind a career-best 25 points from senior guard Kasey Chambers and a first-half team offensive performance for the record books, the Red and Blue cruised to its ninth straight Ancient Eight victory, topping the Bulldogs 77-59
This one was closer than it should have been.
After struggling to gain separation early in the contest, Penn women’s basketball extended its perfect run through the Ivy League, defeating Brown on the road, 69-59, on Friday.
Friday night, Columbia Athletics’ website featured the banner headline “Lions Become First Ivy Team To Score 50 Against Quakers Despite 71-51 Loss.”
It was a pretty accurate summation of how the first half of Ivy play has gone for Penn women’s basketball.
Three Ivy League doubleheader weekends, three sweeps, and a win against each of the seven other Ivies. You can’t ask for a better start to conference play.
Three Ivy League doubleheader weekends, three sweeps, and a 7-0 record in conference play.
In what was surely a must win for the Quakers, they did just that.
On Friday night within the safe confines of the Palestra, Penn routed Columbia in a 71-51 showing.
Penn (16-3, 5-0 Ivy) will host Columbia (12-9, 1-5) on Friday night before welcoming Cornell (13-7, 5-1) to the Palestra on Saturday.
The first-place Quakers will be taking on both their closest and most distant competition in the second-place Big Red and the last-place Lions.
It’s a Tuesday night game at Villanova for Penn women’s basketball. At tipoff, in the first chair on the bench, senior captain Keiera Ray intently watches a contest that she won’t be able to enter.
Donning her Penn sweats, she is still one of the players. And with clipboard in hand, she is now one of the coaches as well.
As the winter sports start to head down the final stretch, we discussed which Penn Athletics team has the most critical games this upcoming weekend.
If it seems like Penn women’s basketball is playing a slightly different game this year, that’s because they are.
HANOVER, N.H. — Boom. Lights out.
So went the end of an closely fought game for Penn women’s basketball at Dartmouth on Saturday night with less than a minute left before the Quakers capped off a 56-41 win in Hanover.
BOSTON — For a minute and half, it looked like it would be a ballgame.
But that was all Penn women’s basketball trailed on Friday, leading almost wire-to-wire in a 68-48 rout of Harvard on the road.
There seems to be little question that Penn women’s basketball is the team to beat in the Ivy League right now. At 3-0 in conference play, the Quakers are in sole possession of first place in the storied conference and is hot off two double-digit wins at home last weekend.
Better late than never.
For Penn Athletics, the timeless idiom has never been more true, as several transfer students have found their respective ways to 33rd Street and quickly made an impact on the Quakers’ athletic program.
There aren’t too many better words to describe Penn women’s basketball’s weekend.