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Cheering for Women’s Basketball at the Big Dance in LA

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

It started with a direct message on twitter on Monday afternoon, March 13th. Philly.com’s Big 5 Basketball reporter (and Penn and DP alumnus) Jonathan Tannenwald, sent me a message, “Get to the women’s selection show asap. That’s all I can say for now.”

What was he talking about? A quick search on the internet, and I soon knew – the Penn Women’s Basketball team was headed to Los Angeles for the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament!

Penn was seeded 12th in the Bridgeport (Connecticut) Regional and was set to play fifth-seeded Texas A&M in the first round at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, March 18.

The next morning, I connected with my classmate Mitchell Kraus, C’93, and we simultaneously purchased our tickets for the game in the Penn section from Penn athletics. We were going to cheer for the Quakers at the Big Dance in Los Angeles!

Let's Go Quakers!

Let’s Go Quakers! Photo credit Aileen Level, C’99, GED’00

I posted on my Facebook page about the game, and in our class Facebook group, and soon another classmate, Jodilynn Baird Styner, W’93, had purchased game tickets as well.

On the day of the game, Penn Athletics hosted a pre-game reception, and I was happy to see fellow fans Jordan Rockwell, C’00, and his wife Julie, and Harry Rosenberg, W’79, and his wife Laurie Sayet. After toasting Penn and the Quakers, we walked over to Pauley Pavilion for the start of the game.

Pauley Pavilion at UCLA, home of the first round of the women's NCAA basketball tournament in 2017

Pauley Pavilion at UCLA, photo credit Vicky Sin, C’00

NCAA Women's Basketball tournament first round t-shirts on sale at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion

NCAA tournament t-shirts on sale, photo credit Aileen Level, C’99, GED’00

Jordan and I were excited to see the display at Pauley with the four teams competing in the first round there – and posed by the Penn Athletics logo.

Penn Athletics logo at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament

Jordan Rockwell, C’00, and I pose by the Penn logo on display at Pauley Pavilion

And then we bumped into the Quaker!

Kiera Reilly and Jordan Rockwell pose with the Penn Athletics mascot the Quaker at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion

The Quaker is in Los Angeles!

We were excited to see that the Penn Band and Penn Cheer made the trip to Los Angeles too.

Penn Band and Cheerleaders at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

Penn Band and Cheerleaders, photo credit Vicky Sin, C’00

Penn warms up before the game, photo credit JodiLynne Bayrd Steiner, W'93

Penn warms up before the game, photo credit JodiLynne Bayrd Steiner, W’93

Soon, the players were being announced and the game was underway.

Penn Women's Basketball team at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for round one of the NCAA tournament

The Penn Women’s Basketball team huddles, photo credit Laurie Sayet

And what a game it was. For three quarters, Penn dominated the game. And then Texas A&M turned things around with just over eight minutes left to play and won the game 63-61. For a complete re-cap of the game, you can read more from Penn Athletics.

Penn cheerleaders during a break in the game

Penn cheerleaders during a break in the game, photo credit Aileen Level, C’99, GED’00

Penn Band plays at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion

The Penn Band sounded awesome! Photo credit Aileen Level, C’99, GED’00

Penn Women's Basketball huddles during NCAA Women's Basketball tournament round 1 game

Penn huddles during the game, photo credit Vicky Sin, C’00

While the Quakers lost, we were thrilled to watch them play in Los Angeles. This was Penn’s third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years, and this year was a successful season. The team won the inaugural Ivy League Tournament with a win over Princeton, and won the Ivy League regular season title with a 13-1 record and were 22-7 overall. Junior Michelle Nwokedi was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Here are some photos and thoughts from fellow Quaker fans at the game. Let’s give a big Hurrah, Hurrah to the Women’s Basketball team! #FightonPenn

“We all wish the game would have ended differently, but it was still a lot of fun to see the team play — not to mention the Quaker and the band! Especially for those of us who can’t get back to Philadelphia very often, it was an exciting opportunity for us to show our Penn pride here at home.”  ~Aileen Level, C’99, GED’00
“Well although the team lost, the band sounded great and is still undefeated.”
~Mitchell Kraus, C’93

“I loved seeing the Penn Women’s Basketball team at the NCAA game at Pauley Pavilion. Having grown up in Los Angeles, it was a special treat to hear, “The Red and the Blue,” and watch the Penn Band in my hometown. I felt proud to be in the stands with my Penn t-shirt on cheering! Go Quakers!”  ~Lisa Niver, C’89

“I am very proud of our team for their achievements! The players are amazing. I’d gone to two NCAA games with the Penn Band for the men’s team in 1999 and 2000 but this is the first women’s post-season game I’ve attended. So it was really fun for me personally to get back in the “crazy fan” mode. The band sounded awesome as always! Special shout-out to Greer for fearlessly herding a plane load of college kids across the country and back.” ~ Vicky Sin, C’00

“It was wonderful to rekindle the Penn spirit and sing all the great Penn songs!” ~JodiLynne Bayrd Steiner, W’93

 

“In spite of the loss, Saturday was so fun! I got more fired up as the game went on! No matter where we are, as long as there are at least two Quaker fans in the seats, it feels like a million!”

~Jordan Rockwell, C’00

Penn Band at UCLA Pauley Pavilion during NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

The Penn Band remains undefeated!

Mitchell Kraus, C'93, with his son, and I pose with Penn Band Director Greer Cheeseman, EAS'79

Mitchell Kraus, C’93, with his son, and I pose with Penn Band Director Greer Cheeseman, EAS’79

Lisa Niver, C'89, with the Quaker at Pauley Pavilion UCLA for NCAA Women's Basketball tournament

Everyone wants a photo with the Quaker! Here he poses with Lisa Niver, C’89

Penn Alumni Kiera Reilly and Lisa Niver at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

I love that Lisa is wearing a very limited edition I ❤ LA Penn t-shirt!

Everyone wanted a picture with the Quaker! Here I am with Penn Club LA's Aileen Level, C'99, GED'00

Everyone wanted a picture with the Quaker! Here I am with Penn Club LA’s Aileen Level, C’99, GED’00

Penn section at the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament at UCLA Penn vs Texas A&M

I walked around after half-time and took this photo of the Penn section

Game action, photo credit Aileen Level, C'99, GED'00

Game action, photo credit Aileen Level, C’99, GED’00

Penn Women's Basketball bench during the game, photo credit Kiera Reilly, C'93

Penn Women’s Basketball bench during the game, photo credit Kiera Reilly, C’93

Penn Cheerleaders photo by Kiera Reilly

Penn Cheerleaders rally the Penn fans

Penn Cheerleaders and the Quaker sit in front of the Penn Band during the game, photo credit Aileen Level, C'99, GED'00

Penn Cheerleaders and the Quaker sit in front of the Penn Band during the game, photo credit Aileen Level, C’99, GED’00

Ivy League Champions Penn Women's Basketball! photo by Kiera Reilly

Ivy League Champions Penn Women’s Basketball!

 

 


 

 

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Happy 90th Birthday to The Palestra! (66 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93, and Steve Jung, C’93

We continue our #93tothe25th countdown by jumping ahead to this past weekend which marked 66 weeks until our 25th reunion. Why the jump ahead? Because it’s a special night at The Palestra.

Tonight, Penn Basketball faces off against Princeton at the Palestra. The Palestra, “The Cathedral of College Basketball,” Penn’s home court and also home of the Big Five, has been home to more college basketball games than any other venue in the country. This year, the Palestra turned 90, and tonight, Penn Athletics is celebrating the 90th year of the Palestra before the game.

We have very fond memories of attending basketball games at the Palestra. Our senior year, the Men’s Basketball team won the Ivy League title, and our Ivy Stone is located on the building’s exterior.

Classmate Steve Jung, C’93, saved some Palestra programs (the Palestra Illustrated – do you remember that?) and ticket stubs from the games he attended during our time at Penn.

Programs from The Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania for Penn Basketball programs.

The Palestra Illustrated programs courtesy of Steve Jung, C’93

Steve writes:

I think I had season tickets for just the Ivy League games. There was always a fun energy at the Palestra. Since it wasn’t a shallow bowl, even the upper level felt close to the action. One of my best memories was the Penn-Princeton game our freshmen year. Penn’s down 49-50 with 2 seconds on the clock. Paul Chambers is on the line for a one-and-one (I though it was Vince Curran until I saw video online). Chambers misses the free throw, but Hassan Duncombe swoops in for the offensive rebound and put-back. Penn 51-Princeton 50. The place went nuts. I remember throwing streamers from the stands after the first Penn basket of the game. Then there was Ivy Day, when we planted ours in the courtyard. I worked at a Med School lab for 2 years after graduation, so I caught some games then. I even saw a Penn-Princeton game at Jadwin. It wasn’t the Palestra.

Penn basketball tickets from the Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania

Tickets from Penn basketball games at the Palestra, courtesy of Steve Jung, C’93. Some are general admission, while others have assigned seats.

 

The programs for each game, The Palestra Illustrated, featured Penn Basketball team members on the cover. These two programs feature guard Jerome Allen.

The Palestra Illustrated for Penn vs Holy Cross, December, 1992 with Jerome Allen on the cover, University of Pennsylvania

The Palestra Illustrated: Penn vs Holy Cross, December 11, 1992, with sophomore Jerome Allen on the cover. Courtesy of Steve Jung, C’93.

The Palestra Illustrated, February 1993 for Ivy Weekend at the University of Pennsylvania with Jermoe Allen.

The Palestra Illustrated: Ivy Weekend with Penn vs Columbia and then Cornell. Courtesy of Steve Jung, C’93.

 

The game tickets below show, on the right, a Big 5 game against St. Joe’s on  January 25, 1993, and Penn vs. Princeton on January 30, 1993. Penn won that game 64 – 46.

Penn Basketball tickets for games at the Palestra in 1993 at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn basketball tickets from 1993. Note the one on the far right – Penn vs. Princeton on January 30, 1993. Courtesy of Steve Jung, C’93.

Tonight will be a tough match-up for the Quakers, because Princeton is always a tough opponent. Penn Athletics said that the Quakers have played the Tigers more than any other opponent in the Palestra. For more information on tonight’s match-up (and information on how to watch the game in the Philadelphia area or online click here).

I remember walking to games at the Palestra our senior year with my friend Chris Lehmann, and he would say, “It’s going to be pandemonium at the Palestra!” Attending games at the Palestra made for some of my fondest memories of my time at Penn.

Happy 90th Birthday Palestra!

We feel blessed that you serve as our home court.

Let’s Go Quakers! Beat Princeton!

 

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

February 3-4, 2017, marked 66 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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A Palestra Proposal

Author: Stephanie Yee, C’08

The Penn Band always knows how to keep things interesting at The Palestra. On Saturday, Penn Men’s Basketball fans witnessed a Penn Band marriage proposal during a media timeout. Hurrah for Penn love, and congratulations to the newly engaged couple!

A Penn Band proposal at The Palestra on Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Penn Band proposal at The Palestra on Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Penn Alumni Families – March was a busy month!

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Below is a list of our successful March 2014 Family Programs.  I’m sorry you missed them!

Keep an eye on the new Penn Alumni Families website, and don’t miss another opportunity to attend a Penn event with your family!

FAMILY NIGHT at the PALESTRA
On March 7, 2014, the Association of Alumnae and Alumni Relations held a successful event with the Penn Women’s Basketball team at the Palestra for the 3rd Annual Family Night at the Palestra!

FAMILY DAY at MASK and WIG
On March 22, 2014, Alumni Relations hosted its 4th Annual Family Day at Mask and Wig!  Many alumni brought their kids to the Mask and Wig Clubhouse, 310 S. Quince Street, Philadelphia, for a fun-filled afternoon beginning with lunch, followed by an age-appropriate show.  After the show, the kids joined the performers on stage for a kick-line and singing of the Red and Blue.  Penn’s Mask and Wig is an all-male comedy troupe that has entertained Philadelphians and the Penn community since 1889 with its original revues.  This year’s production, Wishful Sinking, was adapted to appeal to children ages 12 and under.

4O WINKS with the SPHINX and PENN ALUMNI
On Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, 2014, Penn alumni and their children spent an overnight adventure at Penn’s Museum for 40 Winks with the Sphinx and Penn Alumni. The night’s activities are geared to take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities, through games and crafts, to explore ancient Egypt, the mummies and hieroglyphics, the ancient Greeks and Romans, the world of the ancient Maya, and more!  Following a scavenger hunt and an evening expedition through the galleries by flashlight, explorers rolled out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the third largest granite Sphinx in the world. The program concluded with a light breakfast in the Museum Cafe at 8am.

Look for additional family programming throughout the year!  If you live outside of the 8-county Philadelphia area and wish to be included on our e-mailing list for Penn Alumni Family Events, please send an email with your request to Kristina Clark at krclark@upenn.edu.

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Up Close and Personal at Away Games

Author: Stephanie Yee, C08

One of the best things about attending Penn Men’s Basketball away games is getting an up close look at the team during the game. This past Saturday, we made the quick trip up to Lafayette College in Easton, PA, to watch the Quakers play. We sat right behind the Penn bench and cheered VERY loudly with the other Penn fans. Join us at the Penn @ Villanova game this Wednesday at 8pm. Let’s bring Quaker Nation to Villanova!

 

Penn Men’s Basketball pre-game routine at Lafayette College

Penn Men’s Basketball pre-game routine at Lafayette College

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Miss the Palestra? Take a video tour.

By Jason S.

When was the last time you visited our very own cathedral of basketball? This video may be a few years old but the nostalgia it evokes for one of Penn’s most iconic and historic buildings is undeniable.

 

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Family Night at the Palestra – A HUGE Success!

Author: Kristina Clark

On Friday evening, February 22, I once again had the pleasure of hosting over 480 Penn alumni families for an event at the Palestra.  This was the second time that Penn Alumni and the Association of Alumnae hosted a Family Night at the Palestra — it was an even bigger success than last year!  The evening began just after 5 PM with children of all ages having an opportunity to shoot hoops with Penn’s women basketball team members. The kids had a blast and so did the players. Following the shoot-around, and prior to the basketball team taking the court for warm-ups, families were greeted by women’s head basketball coach, Mike McLaughlin.  Food vouchers were distributed for each attendee so they could go to the concession stand at their convenience for a hot dog or pizza, soft pretzel, and beverage.  Penn Alumni families were treated to an amazing night and the game was the icing on the cake.  For the second straight game, the Quakers dominated an Ivy opponent at The Palestra.  Penn posted its largest win over Cornell since 1981 and claimed its fourth straight victory!

The cost to participate in this Palestra Family Night event was $5 person.  The event was sponsored by Penn Alumni and the Association of Alumnae.  We look forward to offering this event again next year and hope you can join us!

In the meantime, mark your calendars now for upcoming Penn Alumni Family Events:

Family Day at Mask & Wig – 3/16/13 — Click to REGISTER
40 Winks with the Sphinx – 3/29-30/13 — SOLD OUT

Contact Penn Alumni Relations at 215-898-7811 for more information.
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