Turn Back the Clock: April 3, 2001

Penn basketball coach Fran Dunphy removes his name from consideration for the La Salle head coaching job, choosing to return for his 13th season at the Palestra.

All signs pointed toward the legendary coach leaving, but what seemed like a perfect match turned out not to be.

Long-time La Salle head coach William "Speedy" Morris was forced to resign following eight consecutive losing seasons, and Dunphy was one of the primary targets.

Dunphy quickly became a popular pick to fill the Explorers' coaching vacancy due to his connections to La Salle. He graduated from the school in 1970 and served as an assistant first under Lefty Ervin and later under Morris.

Speculation that Dunphy would take the job increased as the Penn coach met with the athletic directors at La Salle on three occasions regarding the head coaching job. However, Dunphy announced on this day that he is removing his name from consideration for the vacant post in order to remain at Penn.

After turning down the job, Dunphy would remain at Penn until 2006, when he left to coach at Temple. He became the first coach ever to lead two different Big 5 programs. He was approached one more time by La Salle in 2004 to be their head coach, but he turned it down again.

Turn Back the Clock: March 26, 1979

In 1979, Penn enjoyed its one and only Final Four appearance, of course making an improbable run before falling at the hands of Magic Johnson and Michigan State in the national semifinal.

But that wasn’t the end.

Until 1981, the NCAA Tournament featured a third-place game for the two teams that lost in the Final Four. So despite a crushing 34-point defeat against the Spartans, the Quakers had to stick around in Salt Lake City to face DePaul.

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Turn Back the Clock: March 17, 2006

After clinching a second consecutive Ivy League championship, the Penn men's basketball falls just short of upsetting No. 2 seed Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

March 17, 2006

Appearing in the Big Dance for the ninth time in 14 years, the Quakers went head-to-head with the Texas Longhorns, one of the top teams in the nation.

Led by Ivy League Player of the Year Ibby Jaaber, the Red and Blue gave the Longhorns a run for their money before ultimately falling short, 60-52.

Penn led 23-22 at halftime, due in large part to coach Fran Dunphy's savvy gameplan.

While the Longhorns' lineup featured several future NBA players, including LaMarcus Aldridge and Daniel Gibson, the Quakers used a controlled pace early to slow down the game.

Dunphy's gameplan effectively tried to eliminate the talent gap between the two teams, and allowed the Quakers to dictate the style of play.

And for the first 20 minutes, Penn controlled the game, limiting the Longhorns ability to score on fast-break opportunities, or in transition.

Although the Longhorns eventually took the lead midway through the second half, the Quakers remained competitive throughout.

Brian Grandieri's layup cut Texas' lead to one with 6:28 to play, and after the Longhorns missed a shot on the other end, the Red and Blue called timeout.

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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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Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 14, 1993

The Penn men's basketball team caps off a weekend sweep of Columbia and Cornell, remains undefeated in the conference at the halfway mark of the Ivy League season

Feb. 14, 1993

On Valentine's Day 1993, who would have thought that the Quakers were in the midst of something historic?

Entering the weekend with an undefeated record in the Ancient Eight, the Red and Blue sought to dispatch two New York teams and continue the team's march toward a conference championship.

Following a matchup between Columbia and Penn on Friday, the Quakers hosted Cornell at The Palestra on Saturday, and squeaked out a four-point victory.

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Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 14, 2006

On this special Valentine’s Day edition of Turn Back the Clock, we’re reminiscing on a better time.

A time when people weren’t ashamed to sing High School Musical songs yet, when Penn men’s hoops only had two losses in the league for the whole season and when the Quakers looked good for much of their NCAA tournament first-round game against the then-No. 2 Texas Longhorns.

By Feb. 14, 2006, the Red and Blue had been undefeated in the Ivy League and on that night defeated Princeton to extend their reigning streak.

But the game itself wasn’t too pretty. Both Penn and Princeton couldn’t seem to get their footing right, sinking a combined 7-for-25 from beyond the three-point line (28 percent) on the night.

Ultimately, the Quakers had the athletes and stifling defense that proved to be enough for the Quakers' 60-41 win in front of 7,802 at the Palestra.

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Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 8, 2003

Penn women's basketball player Jewel Clark surpasses 1,000 points in her playing career at Cornell

Feb. 8, 2003

In the history of the Penn women's basketball team, few women have had as illustrious a career as Jewel Clark.

On Feb. 8, 2003 the Quakers opened a set of back-to-back weekend games in Ithaca, N.Y., against a tough Cornell squad.

The game was tight throughout, with the Big Red giving Penn all it could handle. Cornell seized a lead late in the first-half, but only briefly. The Quakers responded to take a 25-22 lead with 4:26 remaining, and would not relinquish for the lead the rest of the game.

While the Quakers went on to win the game, 75-65, the highlight was certainly Clark's basket with 4:53 remaining in the first half.

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Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 7, 2009

Women's hoops turns its season around against Cornell

Feb. 7, 2009

Before this past weekend, the Penn women’s basketball team had lost to Cornell in three straight meetings.

Yet Penn’s 65-56 win on Saturday couldn’t have been as sweet as the Red and Blue’s victory over the Big Red four years ago today.
Struggling to shake off an eight–game losing streak, Penn conquered Cornell in Ithaca on Feb. 7, 2009, 79-70, to notch its first Ivy win of the season.

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Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 1, 2005

Penn women's basketball survives double overtime thriller against Princeton, 61-59

Feb. 1, 2005

In a nail-biter characterized by intensity, Penn women's basketball escaped Jadwin Gym after Princeton freshman Meagan Cowher (daughter of Bill Cowher) clanged two straight free throw attempts late to help give the win to the Quakers.

The game was tight throughout, with neither team able to seize more than an eight point lead. The Quakers struggled inside, but the Tigers still led by just five at halftime. The contest was knotted up at 51 at the end of regulation, and when end of the first overtime ended in a 55-55 tie, an additional five minutes were needed to determine which squad would leave Jadwin Gym with bragging rights.

In the end, it was the emotional toughness of the Quakers, as well as some timely shooting from beyond the arc, that helped Penn improve its record to 10-6 on the season, and sealed a 3-0 start in Ivy League play.

Penn senior Karen Habrukowich scored 21 points, and made five clutch three-pointers. Senior Cat Makarewich and sophomore Joey Rhoads each made three three-pointers for the Quakers, and ended the game in double figures.

Both teams committed too many unnecessary fouls as exhaustion and intensity mounted. While the Tigers limited Penn to 35 percent shooting inside the arc and kept center Jennifer Fleischer scoreless, they also were whistled for 16 personal fouls.

The Quakers were also called for 22 fouls. Starting forward Monica Naltner was limited to 28 minutes, and fouled out of the game in overtime.

Though the game was sloppy, the Quakers prevailed. Exactly three weeks later, Penn defeated Princeton again, this time at the Palestra. The team finished 8-6 in the Ivy League that season.

Turn Back the Clock: Jan. 31, 2009

The Quakers' 23-game winning streak at Dartmouth snapped   January 31, 2009

When’s the last time you can remember Penn men's hoops having a winning streak of over 20 games?

From the 1997 season until January 31, 2009, Penn had a 23-game winning streak over Dartmouth. But on that night, the Quakers lost 63-60 to the Big Green in a huge upset.

The night before, the Red and Blue beat Harvard 66-60 for their first Ivy game of the 2008-2009 season, holding off the League’s top scorer at the time, Crimson junior guard Jeremy Lin.

But on that night, Penn’s defense had no answer for Dartmouth’s Alex Barnett, who went on to be Ivy League Player of the Year.

With 24 points, the senior forward blew Penn out of the water.

The night started out looking hopeful. The Quakers were up 56-48 with 5:24 left after sophomore guard Tyler Bernardini sank two free throws, extending a nine-point run for Penn.

Yet the lead slipped all too quickly through the Red and Blue’s fingers as Dartmouth came back to score 15 of the last 19 points in the game.

After a Dartmouth timeout, Barnett drove the game in Big Green’s favor. The scoreboard finally broke even when Big Green senior forward Dan Biber was fouled on a layup and sank a free throw, tying the game at 60-60.

Biber complemented Barnett well for Dartmouth, taking 17 points on the game. His final three points came from outside the paint, capping the game at 63-60 for Dartmouth and reminding the Quakers that they were only just starting Ivy play.

-by Danielle Chuang