There’s a new era of R&B in the Penn women’s basketball backcourt.
In college athletics, change is inevitable.
After graduating the team’s two best shooters, Penn women’s basketball’s offense now runs through the post.
On March 7, 2014, then-sophomore Kasey Chambers took the floor in the second round of the MAAC Tournament with her Monmouth women’s basketball teammates.
When Penn women’s basketball coach Mike McLaughlin announced a trip to Hawaii for the upcoming season, he talked about providing an experience for his players during their four years at Penn.
Now he’s added a meaningful experience a little closer to home.
The Red and Blue announced a home-and-home series with Duke for the next two seasons, beginning with a Nov.
Last season, Penn women’s basketball went on the road and ended Princeton’s season, upsetting the Tigers to win the Ivy League title. In their return trip to Jadwin Gym, the Quakers wouldn’t be so fortunate.
Last season, Sydney Stipanovich became the first player in Ivy League history to win the Ancient Eight's Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.
If the sophomore puts together a few more games like her performance on Monday night against UMBC, she may add Player of the Year to her already loaded trophy case in the near future.
Nine days after Penn women's basketball's disappointing loss to Drexel, one in which Stipanovich notched only eight points and three rebounds in 23 minutes, the Red and Blue rebounded in style with a 69-63 win over the Retrievers due in large part to the second-year center's incredible outing.
Despite battling a UMBC (5-5) frontcourt highlighted by three players over six-feet tall, Stipanovich recorded 29 points and 14 rebounds while senior forward Kara Bonenberger added 14 points and eight boards of her own as the Quakers (5-4) won for only the second time in December.
After the game, Penn coach Mike McLaughlin was not only impressed with his frontcourt's production, but the ability of his team to respond to a short winter break.
"This is a group that only got four or five days home for Christmas yet they all probably wanted to spend more time at home," McLaughlin said.
Penn women’s basketball will be staying home in Philadelphia for the holidays with four games in Philadelphia prior to playing at Princeton on Jan. 10.
When the second half began, the Quakers came alive, defeating the Hawks, 66-51, to end a two-game losing streak.
For Penn women’s basketball, the difference between the first half and the second half of Friday’s game was night and day.
Penn women’s basketball may be coming off of a loss in its last game, but there are a couple streaks coach Mike McLaughlin's squad will be eager to continue when it takes the court against Hampton on Friday night at the Palestra.
Penn fell to Lafayette on Tuesday night, 60-57. The Quakers (3-2) were unable to execute on offense in the second half to overcome an overpowering performance by Lafayette forward Emily Homan.
The Quakers blitzed New Hampshire on Tuesday night, 74-37, controlling all facets of the game while showing off their depth.
After dismantling La Salle during their home opener on Wednesday, the Red and Blue defeated Navy, 60-51, in Annapolis on Saturday, another impressive victory for the defending Ivy League champs.
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