West Coast Tour by WBB in San Francisco (Mon) and USC (Wed)

SAN FRANCISCO, California – The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team returns to the West Coast for the second time in two years, beginning its trip Monday with a duel against San Francisco before heading to Los Angeles for a matchup at USC.

MATCH 5: PENN (1-3) in San Francisco (2-2)
Monday, November 21, 2022 | 2:00 p.m. EST
San Francisco, California | War Memorial at the Sobrato Center
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GAME 6: PENN (1-3) at USC (4-0)
Wednesday November 23, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. EST
Los Angeles, California | Galen Center
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The series with San Francisco

The Quakers meet the Dons for the second time in program history, playing them just one more time in January 1980 at the War Memorial. Penn fell in the matchup, 91-48. The Quakers have a 2-6 record against their West Coast Conference opponents, notching up victories over San Diego and Santa Clara.

About San Francisco

The Dons go into the game with a 2-2 record and have two home wins against Cal State East Bay (79-66) and Troy (84-73). Their two losses went to Pac-12 opponents at Saturday’s War Memorial: Washington State (69-63) and more recently USC (74-48). Averaging 68.5 points per game, the Dons have three players averaging double digits, led by Ioanna Krimili with 15. It comes at a price, however, as she only shoots a .290 clip, .241 from beyond the arc. Kennedy Dickie almost averages a double-double, averaging 12.8 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting .514 from the floor and .455 from three.

The series with USC

The Quakers meet the Trojans for the first time in the program’s history. The program has only played three games against Big 12 opponents, each falling to California, Stanford and Washington.

About USC

The Trojans will welcome the Quakers with an unblemished early season record so far, with a 4-0 record with wins over CSU Bakerfield (86-41), Idaho State (75-42), San Diego (58-50). and San Francisco (74-48). Averaging 73.3 points per game, USC is accelerated from an average of 17.3 by Kadi Sissoko, who shoots 66 percent from the ground and 57.1 from beyond the arc. Destiny Littleton (14.0) and Rayah Marshall (11.5) are each averaging in double digits, while Marshall commands the pain with 8.8 rebounds.

Penn’s last break

The Quakers played their first game of the season at The Palestra last Thursday, taking on #24 Villanova in a Big 5 match. Seven lead changes in the first quarter ultimately tipped in favor of the Wildcats, securing a lead in the second that held the rest of the way for the 67-41 decision. Penn had three players with eight points Kayla Padilla, Mandy McGurkand Stina Almqvistwhile soil tonder and Padilla notched a team-high with nine rebounds.

Back in Cali

Penn is back at the Golden State for the second straight year after playing at the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic last season. The Quakers earned a 60-55 victory over UC San Diego before losing 73-68 to Memphis in overtime. Jordan Obi secured a double-double in the win over the Tritons and lost 20 points with 10 rebounds. Against the Tigers, Padilla put up a record performance with a career-high 36 points in 13-for-26 shooting, the 10th-highest mark in program history. Her 36 points included nine three-pointers, the most in a single game in program history.

A look ahead

With just one home game in all of November, Penn returns from California to close out the month at La Salle. If the Quakers turn the page through December, they open a 10-game home tournament that runs through January 14th. In this segment, they’ll receive six non-conference opponents and four straight Ivy League tilts against Brown (Jan. 2). Cornell (January 6), Columbia (January 7), and Dartmouth (January 14).