Penn women's hoops readies for key Ivy road weekend

Penn freshman guard Kayla Padilla leads the Ivy League in scoring at 18.7 ppg.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team heads to New England this weekend for a couple of key Ivy League games against Brown on Friday night and Yale on Saturday.

The Quakers are 13-5 on the season and 3-2 in Ivy action.  

"We started off really strong," Penn head coach Mike McLaughlin told KYW Newsradio. "We hit a rough patch in the middle with some talented teams we played and we really rebounded. Last three Ivy games, we've played really well. So I think we're heading in the right direction."

Those last three Ivy games were all wins. Most recently being this past Saturday, when the Quakers hammered Cornell at the Palestra, 63-41.

Penn is getting a phenomenal freshman season from guard Kayla Padilla. The Torrance, California native is pouring in an Ivy League best 18.7 points per game while shooting 46% from the floor (42% from three).

"She is a talented young lady coming from the West Coast," McLaughlin said. "The adjustment to the East Coast, everything has gone really smooth for her. She got a chance to play right away, she's impacted us greatly. She's very talented, she's very mature, very team-oriented. She has an offensive skill set we haven't had in a while. Just really impressed with her day-to-day, how she competes, how she prepares. Bright things are ahead for her and in the moment, right now, she's off to a tremendous start for us."  

Penn will open the weekend with the game against a Brown team that is 7-12 this season and 1-5 in Ivy action.

"Brown's going to shoot a lot of threes," McLaughlin said. "They're going to spread the floor, they're going to attack in transition. Very typical Brown team, they like to get up and down the floor. We're going to have to do the same to them on the other end. We're going to have to attack, we're going to have to get in transition on the offensive end. We're going to have to contain them, we can't let this game get up and down the floor without a plan."

On Saturday, the Quakers will visit a Yale team that comes into the weekend 15-4 and 5-1 in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs will host Princeton on Friday night prior to the Quakers coming to town.

The Penn/Brown game will tip at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. The Penn/Yale game in New Haven on Saturday will get underway at 4:00 p.m.

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