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.
The Red and Blue will get a chance this weekend to rebound from a tough loss. But with non-conference play having reached its end, the next loss could be devastating.
Penn women's basketball (12-3, 1-0 Ivy) will play host to Yale (11-8, 2-0) on Friday and Brown (12-4, 0-2) on Saturday in the Quakers' first Ivy doubleheader of the season.
Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” But I have to disagree with the football legend on this one — at least in the context of Penn basketball.
On Tuesday night, Penn women’s basketball lost to Villanova, 66-46, in what undoubtedly was its worst performance of an otherwise stellar season.
If you’re going to beat Penn women’s basketball, you’re going to need to hit the treys. And that's exactly what Villanova did.
As the Wildcats rained down threes, the Quakers offered little in response as their Big 5 title hopes dissipated on Tuesday, falling 66-46 at the Pavilion.
The game didn’t look like it would be ugly at the start.
Despite reports in December that the Ivy League was on the verge of announcing a postseason tournament to crown a conference champion, the actual pace of action seems to be a good deal slower.
For me, it’s a no-brainer. The Ivy League needs a conference tournament for basketball.
When you look at Ivy Athletics as a whole, there’s something left to be desired for those students who are fans of NCAA athletics as a whole.
Taking the court in a cross-town affair for the second time in four days on Thursday, Penn women's basketball couldn't have been more familiar with the opponent it was set to face.