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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A blizzard caused the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball game at Yale to be rescheduled several times and then moved to the Lanman Recreation Center on campus. The Quakers were slower to adapt, fell behind by double digits, and a late run fell short in a 65-56 loss Saturday night.
A tumultuous few days led up to the unique game setting. A winter storm dropped three feet of snow on New Haven, Conn., and forced the game to be rescheduled on numerous occasions. The team hotel was nearly evacuated at 4 a.m. on the night before the game due to flooding, which was also the problem at Yale's home gym, Lee Amphitheater. An hour before tip-off, the court was deemed unplayable due to a leak in the roof and the game moved to the Lanman Center.
Momentarily, it looked as if Penn (9-9, 2-2 Ivy) would benefit from the unusual circumstances. Freshman Keiera Ray, sophomore Katy Allen and sophomore Kathleen Roche started with back-to-back-to-back layups to put the Quakers up 6-2 in the first two minutes.
But Penn went the next eight minutes without a basket. Yale (7-12, 2-3 Ivy) built a 15-6 lead before freshman Rayne Connell made a contested layup to break the drought.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to as many as 12 in their recreational gym and took an 11-point lead into the break, 33-22.
The teams shared baskets to start the second half. Through the first 10 minutes, Penn never trailed by more than 11, but was never closer than seven.
Finally, the Quakers settled in. Trailing 47-36 at the midway point of the half, Penn scored eight straight - Connell had a layup, junior Alyssa Baron scored two straight buckets and Allen capped the run with a putback to pull Penn within 47-44 at the 7:24 mark.
The Quakers had several shots to tie the game during the next few minutes, but none of them fell. Instead, Yale crept away. A five-point deficit turned to eight when the Bulldogs buried a long three as the shot clock expired with a little more than four minutes to play. Penn was never closer than six again.
Yale shot 43 percent in the first half, but Penn held the Bulldogs to 30 percent in the second half and they finished 20-of-53 (37.7%). Penn shot just 25 percent in the first half, but made better than 40 percent in the final 20 minutes to finish at 20-of-57 (35.1%) for the game. Penn was outrebounded 49-28.
Ray, who was in foul trouble along with Baron and sophomore Kara Bonenberger throughout the night, led the team with 13 points. Baron, who fouled out in the final minute, had a team-best four steals and four assists to go along with her four points and three rebounds. Connell had a team-high five rebounds and added six points. Bonenberger, who also fouled out in the waning moments, had eight points on 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line.
A roller coaster weekend continues in Providence on Sunday. The Quakers will stay in New Haven Saturday night and drive to Rhode Island on gameday. The game time has been rescheduled for a third time with tip set for 5 p.m. at Pizzitola Sports Center.