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year, it was the womens turn to bring the Ivy title to Penn.
By Noel Hynd
the Quakers womens basketball team recovered from a seven-point halftime
deficit to defeat the Princeton Tigresses, 78-69, on March 7 in Philadelphia,
the win finished off a spectacular and unprecedented season.
The team won
its first Ivy League championship and became only the second womens basketball
team in Ivy history to go undefeated during the regular season since the
league expanded to a 14-game schedule in 1982-83. The win also extended
Penns program-record winning streak, which was then at 21 games. Penns
22 wins for the season were the most ever in program history, and the
first time the team had reached the 20-victory mark. The Quakers also
posted their first back-to-back winning seasons since the 1980-81 and
All of this was
in addition to what these Quakers had already accomplished. Now they have
forced me to write an article in which I overuse the word first.
a 62-57 victory over the Crimson at Harvard on February 24, the Quakers
became the first Penn team to finish first in the Ivy League. In turn,
they received Penns first-ever berth in the Womens NCAA Tournament.
At the time of the Cambridge victory, they were the also first team in
the nation to secure a spot in the field of 64.
Even though the
Red and Blue suffered a first-round exit in their first-ever NCAA Tournament
appearance against Texas Tech on March 16, their accomplishments will
be remembered forever, and immortalized with the raising of the programs
first-ever Ivy League championship banner in the rafters of the Palestra
earlier, all of this had seemed an unlikely dream as the Quakers season
was slowly slipping into the nearby Schuylkill. A 61-52 loss at the Palestra
to Villanova on December 12 had dropped the Red and Blues overall record
to 1-5, as Penn prepared for a 16-day hiatus. But when the team returned
from the Christmas break, they began the most remarkable run in the programs
history, reeling off the aforesaid 21-straight victories. Along the way,
Penn swept a six-game road trip at the beginning of the streak, overcame
halftime deficits five times and outscored its opponents by a margin of
10.6 points per game.
Coach Kelly Greenberg has now led the Quakers to a 40-16 record the last
two seasons, with a then-program record 18 wins last year before this
years overall record of 22-6. The teams senior co-captains, Diana Caramanico
and Erin Ladley, who finished one and two in scoring for the Quakers,
were unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections.
For the third-straight
season, Caramanico was named the Ivy Leagues Player of the Year, leading
in scoring (21.7 pts) and rebounding (10) per game. Appropriately, she
secured her place as the all-time leading scorer in the Ivy League in
the Quakers title-clinching game against Harvard on February 24. With
a career total of 2,415 points, she is the Big Fives all-time leading
female scorer, and the first Penn player to score more than 2,000 career
points. She is also the first player in program history to exceed 1,000
career rebounds, with a total of 1,207; the leader in steals, with 210;
and a mere second in blocks, with 114.
her first All-Ivy mention after posting career numbers in scoring (13
ppg), rebounding (4.6 rpg) and assists (4.5 assists per game) this season.
She led the Ivy League in assists and became the 13th player in program
history to score 1,000 career pointsalso in the Ivy title victory over
Harvard. All-time, she is 10th in scoring for the Quakers, with 1,051
points; her 403 assists places her third in program history.
Julie Epton also earned second-team All-Ivy honors, while freshman guard
Jewel Clark was named to the leagues All-Rookie Team.
the 2000-01 campaign was one for the record books. Hearty congratulations
to all involved.
Whats the nicest
way to say mens basketball didnt do quite as well?
the mens team fell just one game short of their third consecutive Ivy
League title after losing to Princeton, 68-52, at Jadwin on March 6. The
Quakers went into the game needing a win to clinch a share of the 2001
Ivy trophy, and to force a playoff game with Princeton to represent the
Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament.
But the Quakers
finished their season with a 12-17 overall record and a 9-5 Ivy League
mark, numbers that can only be termed subpar by recent Penn hoop standards.
Penn finished tied for second with Brown University, a statement that
I dont remember ever making in the past. The Quakers got off to a slow
start to the 2000-01 campaign, going 0-8 to open the season, and, in many
ways, never fully recovered.
There were some
bright notes, however. Two Penn season records fell during the final game
of the regular season against Princeton. Sophomore Dave Klatsky surpassed
Jerome Allens single-season assists mark of 160 and now holds the record
at 162. Also, the 2000-01 Penn team tied the single season three-pointers-made
record with 223. Senior Lamar Plummer had already broken the season three-pointer
record against Yale on March 3, and finished his final campaign with the
Red and Blue in the top spot with 96. Plummer also finished the season
as only the third player in Ivy League history to record more than 95
three-pointers in a season, and finished number two in the Ivy League.
Plummer was also
honored by the Ivy League coaches as a member of the All-Ivy League first
team after finishing his final season averaging 13.1 points per Ivy game
(eighth) and was first in the conference in threes made per game with
2.64. Senior Geoff Owens and sophomore Ugonna Onyekwe were each honored
on the All-Ivy League second team for their performances in Ivy play this
gave outstanding performances in other winter sports, too:
When the Ivy League announced the 2001 All-Ivy selections for fencing
at the conclusion of the recent season, honors fell upon seven of Penns
duelists, with seniors Yaron Roth (foil) and Charles Hamann (epee) collecting
first-team nods. The Quakers concluded their season with a seventh place
finish at the NCAA Championships and a share of the Ivy League Championship
for the mens team.
All 10 starters on the 2000-01 Pennsylvania wrestling squad earned All-Ivy
honors with senior co-captain Mike Fickell capturing Ivy League Wrestler
of the Year and First team All-Ivy honors. Freshman standout Mason Lenhard
was named Co-Rookie of the Year with Harvard freshman Jesse Jantzen.
Freshman Anna Wilson and senior Jenn Capasso were both named First Team
All-ECAC for their outstanding performances this season. Wilson captured
the 2001 ECAC All-Around title with a Penn-record 39.225, and also won
the floor exercise and the uneven bars. Capasso finished fourth on the
balance beam and sixth in the All-Around for the Quakers.
Womens Intercollegiate Squash Association named four Penn women squash
players as All-American honorees earlier this week, with two taking first-team
honors. Sophomore Runa Reta received first-team honors for the second
year and senior Helen Bamber joined her for the first time on that list.
The Quakers finished with an 8-4 record.
C70 writes on sports for the Gazette.
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80, Penn 51
77, Penn 62
67, Penn 53
69, Penn 57
Womens Basketball (22-6)
100, Penn 57
Mens Fencing (11-4)
Womens Fencing (12-6)
West Chester 181.95
194.325, Penn 189.50
194.325, Penn 190.575
Mens Indoor Track
Womens Indoor Track
Mens Squash (10-8)
9, Penn 0
7, Penn 2
Womens Squash (7-4)
5, Penn 4
Mens Swimming (7-4)
198, Penn 86
Womens Swimming (7-4)
State 25, Penn 13
St. Marys 2
St. Marys 4
Northern Ill. 1
Cookman 13, Penn 5
West Chester 5
West Chester 2
5, Penn 2
16, Penn 1
2, Penn 3
Georgetown, 1st Place
Mens Lacrosse (3-3)
10, Penn 8
10, Penn 9
Womens Lacrosse (3-5)
& Mary 9, Penn 0
La Salle 7
7, Penn 3
10, Penn 5
9, Penn 6
Bay 7, Penn 3
Tech 4, Penn 0
6, Penn 5
5, Penn 3
St. Francis (N.Y.) 0
4, Penn 1
La Salle 5
Mens Tennis (7-5)
6, Penn 1
5, Penn 2
Coast 5, Penn 4
5, Penn 1
Fla. Southern 4
Womens Tennis (10-6)
4, Penn 3
5, Penn 2
Mich. 5, Penn 2
6, Penn 1