Dance Card: Penn, Ivy League

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

There's a new breed in the Ivy, and the Tigers no longer roar.

Who? The Quakers of Penn.

What? One may presume that Quaker has something to do with William Penn.

Where? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Choose your cheesesteak!

When? March 11th, upon the completion of the Ivy season in Princeton, New Jersey.

Why? They were the regular season champions of the Ivy League, finishing one precious game ahead of Princeton.

How? That one game was the finale of the Ivy League season, and senior guard Alyssa Baron stepped up with 23 points, one of four Quaker in double figures, as Penn dominated at Princeton, 80-64.

Surprise? Predicted to finish third in the conference, and it's been an impressive climb for the Quakers.

RPI: 65

SOS: 153

Record: 22-6 (12-2 Ivy)

Good wins: At Miami. As Philadelphians, they would likely also say at LaSalle and Temple. The Big Five is serious business.

Bad losses: St. Francis of Brooklyn doesn't look so hot anymore.

Who's driving this thing? Mike McLaughlin, since 2009. He played for the Washington Generals for three seasons.

Extra, Extra! philly.com, fueled by the Inquirer and the Daily News.


Senior guard Alyssa Baron leads the Quakers with 14.3 points per game. She and backcourt classmate Meghan McCullough also both average over three assists for a team that doesn't look to dish a lot. Freshman center Sydney Stipanovich has been making a lot of noise, second on the team in scoring with 11.6 points, adding 8.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.

Random fact that amuses me: going into the Princeton game, Penn had precisely one more assist than turnover, and shoot almost identical free throw percentages to their opponents.

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