PHILADELPHIA - Less than one month apart, the men's and women's basketball teams each registered the largest comebacks in their history. In a remarkable season opener the men erased a 22-point deficit in just a little more than 14 minutes, and a few weeks later, the women pulled out a dramatic last-second victory after they trailed by 18 with less than eight mintues to play.
These record-setting efforts earned both teams the No. 9 spot among the Penn Top 10 Moments of 2012-13.
Jerome Allen's club rallied on the Retrievers to win its third consecutive season opener, erasing a 22-point deficit. The Quakers hounded the Retrievers, forcing 16 second-half turnovers, and took their first lead since it was 11-9 on a Cameron Gunter tip-in with 10:27 to play and the score 58-57, Penn. Miles Cartwright led all Penn players with 21 points, but it was the inspired play off the bench from Patrick Lucas-Perry which was a difference maker. PLP poured in 15 on 5-of-8 shooting in his breakout performance.
Junior Alyssa Baron capped the largest comeback in Penn women's basketball history with the winning basket with 6.4 seconds left. Penn trailed by 18 with 7:29 to play, but finished with a 22-3 run, including the game's final 15 points to win at St. Francis (N.Y.), 61-60, on Dec. 5 at the PPE Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sophomore Kathleen Roche set a school record for threes in a half. All six of her treys (one off the Penn single-game record) came in the second half
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2012-13 Penn Top 10
No. 1 - July 17
No. 2 - July 15
No. 3 - July 10
No. 4 - July 8
No. 5 - July 3
No. 6 - July 1
No. 7 - June 26
No. 8 - June 24
No. 9 - Historic Basketball Comebacks
No. 10 - Men's Lacrosse Rolls Past #14 Duke, 14-9