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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The junior guard is the textbook definition of a hustle and grit player. She gives 100 percent effort on every single play and isn't afraid to sacrifice her body to get a teammate an extra look. In fact, she does it without hesitation several times each game.
Penn women’s basketball freshman center Eleah Parker’s newest addition to an already long list of weekly awards puts her in record breaking territory. Her latest Ivy League Rookie of the Week award – her sixth – marks the most since her frontcourt companion and senior Michelle Nwokedi earned six in 2014-2015.
In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, track and field continues to break school records, women's basketball dominated a completely overmatched Gwynedd Mercy, and gymnastics excelled on floor.
Behind the strong play of the junior guard, Penn women's basketball defeated Big 5 foe Temple on Wednesday before blowing out Gwynedd Mercy on Sunday.