#43 Penn Women's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Penn Quakers
Overall Rank: #43
Conference Rank: #2 Ivy
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Penn has finished either first or second in the Ivy League every year since finishing third in 2012-2013. That is an impressive run. Last season the Quakers did not get a chance to play in the conference tournament before the season was cancelled, but it seemed unlikely Penn would get past Princeton since the Tigers crushed the Quakers twice last year. Once again it will likely be Princeton that will provide Penn’s toughest competition in the Ivy League. However, Coach Mike McLaughlin has a talented team that could even push for an at-large bid.
2019-20 Record: 20-7, 10-4
Coach: Mike McLaughlin
Coach Record: 199-123 at Penn, 606-184 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Phoebe Sterba, Guard, 10.4 ppg
Kendall Grasela, Guard, 4.2 ppg
Emily Anderson, Center, 2.9 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Kayla Padilla, Sophomore, Guard, 17.4 ppg
Eleah Parker, Senior, Center, 12.0 ppg
Kennedy Suttle, Junior, Forward, 4.1 ppg
Tori Crawford, Senior, Forward, 6.9 ppg
Mia Lakstigala, Junior, Guard, 3.5 ppg
Michae Jones, Senior, Guard, 3.3 ppg
Katie Kinum, Senior, Guard, 2.1 ppg
Mandy McGurk, Sophomore, Guard, 1.1 ppg
Key New Players
Lauren Charlton, Freshman, Guard
Nikola Kovacikova, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Georgetown, pending waiver
Jordan Obi, Freshman, Forward
Kemari Reynolds, Freshman, Guard
Michaela Stanfield, Freshman, Guard
Kayla Padilla had an amazing freshman season, leading the team with 17.4 points per game. She hit 73 three-pointers at a 39.9 percent clip and proved to be just as dangerous inside the arc. Eleah Parker will be the inside threat. The 6-4 senior tallied 12.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. Those two can carry Penn a long way, but of course they will need some help. Kennedy Suttle was a part-time starter as a sophomore and will join senior Tori Crawford as experienced options in the frontcourt. The key for the Quakers will be finding some more perimeter scoring threats. Mia Lakstigala, Michae Jones and Kate Kinum are all experienced upperclassmen who will be asked to play a larger role this season. The newcomers will look to get into the action as well. Michaela Stanfield could be the next Padilla and be a big time scorer from day one. If that happens, Penn will be able to stay much closer to Princeton this year.
Projected Postseason Tournament: WNIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 66.9 (135th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 54.1 (10, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 40.5 (136, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 33.9 (8, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.1 (78, 4)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.4 (111, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 66.3 (265, 6)
Rebound Margin: -0.1 (186, 5)
Assists Per Game: 14.7 (66, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.9 (10, 1)