Penn women’s basketball’s breakthrough season capped by postseason bid

After posting their first winning regular season record — both overall and in the Ivy League — since the 2004-05 season, the Quakers are not quite done playing yet. The Red and Blue will take part in the First Round of the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) as they host Howard at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Palestra.

Penn (16-12, 9-5 Ivy) finished third in the Ancient Eight to conclude a regular season highlighted by a 77-72 victory over second-place Harvard on Feb. 15. The last time the Quakers played a postseason game was on March 21, 2004, when they were defeated, 91-55, by No. 2 Connecticut in the East Regional First Round matchup of the NCAA tournament.

The Howard Bison (20-11, 14-5 MEAC) head into the game after having lost the MEAC Championship Game to Hampton, 59-38, on Saturday. Meanwhile, Penn's regular season ended with a 60-44 defeat at the hands of Ivy League champion Princeton.

Game 25: Cornell – The Good, Bad & the Ugly

Good Bad & Ugly

Facing Cornell on the road at the Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y., the Quakers avenged a close loss from earlier this month behind freshman guard Tony Hicks’ 29-point eruption, getting the 79-71 win. Penn started out hot, jumping to a 25-13 lead, but the Big Red answered with a 30-14 run of their own to close out the first frame. Down 43-39 at the half, the Red and Blue dominated the second half, taking back the lead early on and never surrendering it again.

THE GOOD: Miles Cartwright’s well-rounded performance

The junior captain played like the leader everyone expects him to be, and he really did everything against Cornell. Cartwright racked up 15 points, nine assists, six boards and two steals. He also led the Quakers in playing time, with 34 minutes on the court. The only downside? Try 4-for-11 shooting and three turnovers. But that’s fine, because trying too hard is better than not trying at all.

THE BETTER: Tony Hicks’ season-high 29 points

Oh wait. Rather career-high, since he’s only a freshman. Hicks showed off what he’s capable of, hitting 11-for-18 from the field, which included making five of his six attempts from beyond the arc. The rookie secured Penn’s second best point total of the year — only behind Fran Dougherty’s 31-point show in a 62-53 loss against Fairfield on Nov. 12.

THE BAD: Henry Brooks fouls out … again

12 minutes. That’s exactly how much playing time Brooks got tonight, despite being in the starting lineup. The sophomore forward was subbed out after racking up two fouls in the first five minutes. He came back at the start of the second half, only to get subbed out yet again after two fouls in five minutes. When Allen finally decided to let him back in, Brooks made the most of it by turning the ball over and immediately reaching his fifth infraction of the night. Too bad for him, as his stat line of four points, three rebounds and two assists doesn’t look too bad for the short amount of time he actually spent on the court.

THE UGLY: Penn’s abysmal performance at the end of the first half

After Cartwright made two free throws that put the game 25-13 in favor of the Quakers, it looked like it would be an easy ride for Allen and co. That was before Cornell terrorized Penn for the last ten minutes of the first frame, scoring 30 points in that time period, which included 12 by guard Nolan Cressler. The Red and Blue surrendered five treys and also committed six turnovers during those ten minutes, and for a moment it looked as if it was going to turn into a blowout for the home team. That never materialized, as the Quakers kept it close and then reversed the situation in the second half, but this won’t happen against Princeton or Harvard.

Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 21

Feb. 21, 2003

Exactly 10 years ago today, the Penn men’s basketball team was riding high, entering their road matchup against Harvard with an undefeated Ivy record.

After beating the Crimson 75-59 earlier in 2003, the Quakers made history by tying a school record with 16 three-pointers en route to a 82-66 victory. The feat had previously been achieved against Drexel on Jan. 28, 2001.

Leading the way for Penn was junior guard Jeff Schiffner, who scored a team-high 21 points thanks to seven three-pointers.

The barrage of treys masked a poor performance inside the paint for the Red and Blue, who only converted eight of 19 field goal attempts.

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30 Seconds with…men’s squash sophomore Hunter Schlacks

Favorite racquet sport besides squash?

Tennis — I played throughout high school and continue to play today. It’s very similar to squash in terms of strategy and competitiveness, and I love those aspects of both sports.

Funniest person on the team?

Matt Sheridan, always makes the team laugh during our meetings (sometimes unintentionally) with his unexpected comments.

Who loses their temper the most during matches?

Derek Chilvers (nickname: ‘time bomb’). Always one of the most energetic and enthusiastic members of the team during matches, which sometimes results in an explosion on-court.

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Weekend Wrap

We all know you've had ample basketball coverage this weekend, but you can only read so much about Penn's 20-point loss to St. Joseph’s. So what about the rest of the Red and Blue? For recaps of Penn's other squads, look no further than this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.

Women’s squash

Led by the efforts of freshmen Haidi Lala and Camille Lanier, the No. 5 Quakers narrowly defeated No. 4 Trinity, 6-3. With only one loss so far this season, the Red and Blue are looking to win a national championship, but first will have to prove themselves against the first-ranked Princeton Tigers on Jan. 30.

Penn women's squash wins with mental toughness

Men’s squash

There wasn’t much to hope for Penn men’s squash team entering their contest against No. 2 Trinity, and that was confirmed as the Bantams blanketed the Quakers, 9-0. Notable, though, was No.1 Danny Greenberg’s 11-7 win in his third game against Reinhold Hergeth, and Daniel Judd’s two wins at No. 9 against Juan Lopez.

Penn men's squash falls to undefeated Trinity

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With the return of Micah Burak, Penn wrestling keeps winning

After being absent for over a month, No. 7 Micah Burak (197 pounds) returned to action for No. 22 Penn on Sunday as the Quakers faced both Stanford and Arizona State in a doubleheader. Unsurprisingly, the returning All-American won both of his bouts in a convincing manner, proving that he is back in form and ready to take on the rest of the season.

First, Burak defeated Stanford's Michael Sojka, 6-1, to help the Quakers post a 27-6 victory over the Cardinal. Later, Burak scored two takedowns on his way to a 5-2 decision over No. 8 Jake Meredith of Arizona State — coach Rob Eiter's alma mater. Thanks in part to Burak's victorious comeback, the Quakers defeated the Sun Devils, 27-10, avenging Penn's 21-20 loss to Arizona State at last year's Northeast Duals.

Penn wrestling moves up in the rankings









Just because Penn wrestling is in the midst of a four-week break doesn't mean Penn wrestling isn't keeping busy.

After defeating Lehigh and Hofstra by the scores of 24-12 and 21-12, respectively, Penn (2-1) has entered the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division 1 Coaches Poll for the first time this season. The Quakers' only defeat so far came at the hands of current No. 2 Oklahoma State.

The Red and Blue are currently ranked No. 22, one spot ahead of the Mountain Hawks, who were No. 21 before Saturday's bout. Penn is now second in the EIWA behind No. 8 Cornell, whom they will face on Jan., 26 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Penn's individual grapplers have been moving up in the rankings as well. After a strong start to his season, sophomore C.J. Cobb now ranks at No. 16 in the 141-pound weightclass according to the InterMat rankings. At 125 pounds, Mark Rappo moved ahead of Hofstra's Steve Bonnano, who he defeated in overtime Sunday, 9-7, and is now No. 19.

Despite a three-week absence, Micah Burak (197 pounds) is still No. 8, although he fell out of the OpenMat rankings. He should be back in time for the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., on Dec. 29-30. Burak finished second at last year's Midlands Championships and will be looking to surpass that performance this year.

Game 3: at Dartmouth — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Penn football picked up its first win of the season Saturday, defeating Dartmouth, 28-21, in the first Ivy game of the year for both teams (see game recap). The Quakers jumped out to a 20-0 lead at halftime and held off a Big Green second-half surge.

THE GOOD: Penn's mistake free offense. Zero turnovers. Not even a fumble that was ruled an incomplete pass by the referee, but just a simple, clean sheet for the Quakers’ offense. Backup quarterback Andrew Holland came close to ruining the party, throwing two near-interceptions in a row, but he was then quickly pulled out of the game. The memory of the eight-turnover debacle against Lafayette is probably still deeply ingrained in everyone’s head, so we’ll wait to see if this unit can produce 60 minutes of mistake-free football again. But no giveaways in the first true meaningful is promising.

THE BAD: Colavita is hurt … again. After sitting out most of the first two games with injuries, running back Brandon Colavita was in fact in the starting lineup against the Big Green. But then, one series later, he was back on the sidelines again, this time on crutches. Will the Quakers ever have a full, healthy stable?

THE UGLY: Dartmouth's botched field goal at the end of the first half. With three seconds remaining before halftime, the Big Green were set to attempt a 41-yard field goal, and Penn coach Al Bagnoli called two consecutive timeouts to ice the kicker. Whether the timeouts affected the kicker, however, was made negligible when the snap sent the football sailing off the holder's helmet. Dartmouth jumped on the loose ball, but the half ended with Penn up, 20-0. See the video.