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PRINCETON, N.J. - In the traditional opening game for the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team fell on the road to three-time defending Ivy League champion Princeton, 77-47, on Saturday afternoon at Jadwin Gym.
The Tigers looked every bit the league favorite as they jumped out to a 13-0 lead on their home floor. Sophomore Katy Allen ended that spurt with a nifty spin move underneath to set up an easy layup and get the Quakers on the board at the 14:10 mark.
Princeton extended its advantage to 17-2 in the first 8:30, but the Quakers played the Tigers basket-for-basket from there. Junior captain Alyssa Baron had 10 of Penn's 16 points in the opening half, including a pair of three-pointers, as the Quakers trailed by 19 at the break.
A fast-paced second half saw both teams match basket-for-basket over the first few minutes. Penn trailed by 16 after sophomore Kara Bonenberger converted a turnaround jumper and freshman Keiera Ray sunk two free throws.
However, Princeton slowly built its lead up to as many as 31 at the 9:40 mark. But Penn didn't quit. Allen, who finished with 12 points and four rebounds, hit a pair of threes and senior captain Brianna Bradford added another.
But the deficit proved too much to overcome. Princeton held off the Quakers to drop Penn to 7-6 on the year and 0-1 to start the Ivy season. The Tigers are now 1-0 in league play and 10-5 overall.
Princeton was 32-of-65 (49.2%) from the field, while the Quakers were just 15-of-55 (27.3%). From beyond the arc, Penn was 6-of-18 (33.3%) and Princeton connected on 9-of-21 (42.9%). Penn had 17 turnovers to Princeton's 8 and the Quakers were outrebounded, 42-35.
Baron finished with a game-high 15 points, and led the Red and Blue with six rebounds and three assists. Junior Courtney Wilson had four points and three rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench. Senior captain Katie Davis had a rebound and career-best two assists in four minutes.
Two more non-conference matchups remain for the Quakers. Both are against Philadelphia Big 5 opponents. Penn must win both games to clinch the program’s first-ever Big 5 title. First up is Villanova of the Big East at The Palestra on Wednesday. Then a week later, Temple visits the Cathedral of College Basketball on Jan. 23. Both tip at 7 p.m.