PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team continues their way to Columbia on Wednesday night for a rescheduled Ivy League game in the Big Apple.
GAME 17 – PENN (7-9, 2-2 Ivy) in COLUMBIA (13-3, 4-0 Ivy)
Wednesday 26 Jan 2022 | 6 p.m.
Gymnasium Levien | New York, NY
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Wednesday’s matchup marks the 70th time the two programs have pitted against Penn in the all-time lead of the series, 51-18. Quakers enter the game with an 18 game win streak on the line dating to the 2011-12 season. head coach Mike McLaughlin maintains a record of 19-3 against Columbia, while Penn also has a score of 20-14 at Levien Gymnasium.
Last time we met
The last meeting was on March 7, 2020, the last weekend of the Ivy League game before the pandemic hit. Playing on the Lions’ home turf, the Quakers quelled Columbia’s attack en route to a 51-36 win, the lowest point total Penn has held for the Lions at Levien Gymnasium in the program’s history. Scoring seven different Quakers led by Kayla Padilla with 12 points. Defensively, Penn racked up 50 rebounds, including a 19-board feat Eleah Parker and 10 by Kennedy Sutile. The Quakers broke a schedule record of 11 blocks, seven of which were Parker’s, and missed the single-game schedule record with just two in 2014 by Sydney Stipanovich.
The Lions are on the hunt this season, with an overall record of 13-3 and an impeccable 4-0 score in the Ivy League. They opened the season with five straight wins before falling at home to Stony Brook, 91-82, the only known non-conference opponent on the Lions’ schedule for the Quakers. Columbia has defeated Yale (65-55), Harvard (72-64), Cornell (57-46) and Brown (60-52) in their most recent four-game stint. The Lions lead this season by Abbey Hsu, with an average of 16.6 points per game, while Kaitlyn Davis closely follows with 13.3 points. Defensively, Davis leads the team with 9.2 rebounds per game and a total of 24 blocks.
Penn’s Last Time Out
The Quakers will come out of a road loss at Yale on Saturday 63-53. Penn was led by a double-double performance from sophomore Jordan Obic with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Padilla also dropped by 18 points. The Quakers forced Yale to 22 turnovers, the fourth time in the last five games that opponents have turned the ball more than 20 times.
Penn currently ranks 26th in the nation in field goal defense, holding a 35.3 firing rate ahead of his opponents this season. Only Princeton is in the category ahead of the Quakers, with a 35.2. Much of that success comes from blocks, leading the Ivy League in blocked shots (72) and blocked shots per game (4.5). Obi was a key cog in that area, finishing fourth in the conference in both categories with 24 blocks at 1.5 per game.