March 21, 2014 |
IT HAS BEEN a whirlwind last week or so for the Penn women's basketball program. They have been waiting patiently for their first NCAA Tournament game in 10 years since they took down Princeton last Tuesday night. "It has been a tremendous week for our program," head coach Mike McLaughlin said. "The excitement of winning the Ivy League for the first time here at Penn in 10 years, the remarkable turnaround the program has had, particularly with the seniors that have set the tone for the program over the last 4 years, it has been an exciting week.
March 20, 2014 |
Chances are there won't be many 15-year-olds sitting by themselves high in the First Niagara Center on Thursday night when St. Joseph's and Connecticut meet in a second-round NCAA tournament game. And if there are, when that Buffalo doubleheader concludes about midnight, it's doubtful any will be hitchhiking part of the way home. The world and the NCAA tournament have changed since the last time the Hawks and the Huskies opened against each other. On Monday, March 8, 1965, I attended the Palestra tripleheader that launched the NCAA tournament that year.
March 19, 2014
The Penn women's basketball team (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade, following this year's Ivy League championship. Senior Courtney Wilson and freshman Sydney Stipanovich will write a daily diary for the Daily News throughout the team's run in the tournament. "Special. " That is the word that Coach [Mike] McLaughlin has been drilling into our heads since we arrived at Penn. "You have the chance to do something special"; "You have to be a special group and stay true to who you are"; and finally, "We did something special.
March 13, 2014 |
PRINCETON - To become the Ivy League champion, the Penn women's basketball team ended the four-year reign of Princeton on Tuesday night with an 80-64 upset of the Tigers at Jadwin Gym. The win sends the Quakers (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) to the NCAA tournament for the third time in the program's history and the first time since 2004. Princeton (20-8, 11-3) had easily handled Penn in 11 straight meetings, including an 84-53 league opener at the Palestra on Jan. 11. The Ivy League is the only conference that does not have a postseason tournament to determine an NCAA automatic bid. Penn and Princeton went into Tuesday night's final regular-season game tied for first.
March 2, 2014 |
TONY HICKS took a huge hack at Brown's Steven Spieth with 1:31 remaining to send him to the line. Penn's sophomore guard was frustrated, and reasonably so. The Quakers let another game get out of hand, as they fell to Brown, 76-67, at the Palestra. Hicks did all he could possibly do to keep Penn in the game last night. He poured in 25 points on 10-for-24 shooting, and was the only Quaker who got anything going. He had 17 points on 13 shots in the first half alone. "In the first half, he took initiative to say, 'Despite who is in front of me, I am going to get us a bucket,' " Penn coach Jerome Allen said.
February 23, 2014 |
Penn's turnover problem reminds coach Jerome Allen of his grandmother's broken record player. New game, same song. The Quakers have been plagued by turnovers all season, and they committed 20 in an 83-63 loss to Harvard at the Palestra on Friday. It was the worst-ever home defeat to Harvard for Penn (6-16, 3-5 Ivy League), which had won 74 of 87 home contests against the Crimson (21-4, 8-1) entering Friday. The Quakers lost those previous 13 games by a combined 61 points and never had been beaten by more than 13 points at home until Friday's blowout.
February 21, 2014 |
SHEP GARNER does a lot of things for Roman Catholic's basketball team that don't make it into the box score. Loose ball on the floor? Expect Garner to be the first one to dive for it. Teammate misses an assignment? Look for Garner to explain the gaffe - sometimes calmly, sometimes not so calmly. "Shep's like a player/coach," sophomore point guard Tony Carr said. "He's the captain. He's a senior and this is his last year. " Before Garner moves on to Penn State, where he will play in the rugged Big Ten, he is making sure every piece of his heart will be left out on the Palestra floor - and anywhere else Roman's postseason takes it. With eight points, six rebounds and a few knee burns, Garner led Roman past stubborn La Salle, 52-45, last night to advance to Monday's Catholic League championship game (7 p.m., Palestra)
February 10, 2014 |
Penn head basketball coach Jerome Allen understands there can be a "slippage" in performance a day after battling for a hard-earned Ivy League victory. Quakers senior Fran Dougherty, however, ignored that expectation on Saturday night against Columbia. Powered by Dougherty's 23 points, the Quakers defeated Columbia, 68-60, at the Palestra. The win was Penn's second at home in as many days, building on its victory over Cornell. "He taught our guys a bit of a lesson there," Columbia coach Kyle Smith said of Dougherty.
January 22, 2014 |
AS A COMPETITOR, the only thing Temple guard Will Cummings wants is to be on the court trying to help his team. Especially when the team really needs him. So imagine how frustrating the last week-and-a-half has been for him, when all he could do was mostly sit and watch. Concussions will do that. "Knowing you're a leader, you want to set the best example," said the 6-2 junior from Jacksonville, Fla., who took a hit to his head trying to get through a screen early in the Jan. 9 game against South Florida at the Liacouras Center.
January 21, 2014 |
IT WAS ALL SET UP for a Big East showdown between the only teams with unbeaten league records tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Villanova certainly did its part by blasting DePaul, 88-62, Saturday at the Pavilion. Creighton, however, was beaten at Providence, 81-68. It is still a very significant game with Doug McDermott and the Blue Jays back to WFC where they won an NCAA game last March before losing to Duke in the third round. But there will be only one team on the court without a Big East loss.