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PHILADELPHIA -Junior Courtney Wilson recorded her first career double-double and was one of four Quakers in double figures to lead the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team past Brown, 60-48, Friday night at The Palestra.
With their seventh win in the last eight games and ninth in the last 11, the Quakers (16-10, 9-3 Ivy) improved to 5-0 at home against the Ivy League this season. Penn's 16 overall wins and nine Ivy wins are each tied for fourth-most in program history and are the most since the 2003-04 team won the Ivy League title.
Freshman Keiera Ray scored the game's first five points in the first 36 seconds. Brown answered with eight of the next 10 to take an 8-7 lead at the 16:27 mark.
But the Penn defense kept the Bears off the board for the next seven minutes. Meanwhile, the Quakers managed a 13-0 run behind seven points from junior captain Alyssa Baron and capped by a three from sophomore Renee Busch for a 20-8 advantage.
The lead was 26-15 with 5:31 left in the opening half, but Brown went on an 8-2 run over the next three minutes to close to within 28-23. However, sophomore Katy Allen bounced a three off every part of the rim to extend Penn's lead to 31-23 at the half.
Penn took over during the early stages of the second half. Leading 34-26, the Quakers went on a 14-2 run to go up 20. Ray hit two of Penn's season-high 11 threes on the night and sophomore Kara Bonenberger added five points in the run for a 48-28 edge with 14:04 to go.
The Bears battled back though. Penn led 51-32 before Brown scored 12 in a row to cut its deficit to 51-44 with just 3:59 left.
The Quakers didn't allow the visitors to get any closer. Ray hit a three and Wilson added four of her career-high 10 points - to go along with her career-high 10 rebounds - to go back up double digits. The Bears were never within 10 again.
In addition to Wilson's career night, Ray finished with 16 points, Roche had 11 and Baron had 10. It marks the second straight game and fourth time this season the Quakers have had four players in double figures. Baron had a team-high six assists - the 12th time this year she has had at least five. Ray had a game-high four steals. Bonenberger and Wilson, who are first and second in the Ivy League in blocks, respectively, each had two more rejections. Bonenberger was three points shy of a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Penn was 20-of-52 (38.%) from the floor and 11-of-25 (44.0%) from three. The Bears were 16-of-54 (29.6%) overall and 6-of-19 (31.6%) from beyond the arc. Penn, which had 18 assists on 20 baskets, won the rebounding battle, 41-35. Both teams had 16 turnovers.
With two games remaining, Penn is two games behind first-place Princeton and is tied with Harvard for second-place in the league standings.
Penn returns to action on Saturday night in a rematch with Yale. Tip off at The Palestra is set for 7 p.m. Penn fell to the Bulldogs at the Yale campus Recreational Gym on Feb. 8 after Lee Amphitheater was deemed unplayable.