February Total: 12
Season Total: 37
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sophomore Alyssa Baron finished with 25 points and freshman Kara Bonenberger had 13 to lead the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team past Columbia, 61-41, at Levien Gym Saturday night.
A 21-0 run between the halves propelled the Quakers (10-13, 3-6 Ivy) to their second Ivy road win in three games. Columbia corralled just 21 rebounds in the game (Penn had 16 offensive rebounds) and the Lions fell to 2-21 overall and 0-9 in Ivy play.
Bonenberger and Baron got started early. The two combined for Penn's first eight points. Buckets from freshmen Jackie Kates and Katy Allen gave the Quakers an early 12-6 lead.
Behind an energetic Play 4Kay home crowd, Columbia rallied to score the next 11 and take its largest lead of the game, 17-12, midway through the opening half.
Penn whittled the deficit to 21-20 and then silenced the pink-themed crowd with a 21-0 run that spanned the halves.
The Quakers had the last eight of the first half. Senior Jourdan Banks had four of them, including the last basket that sent the Quakers into the locker room up 28-20.
A 13-0 run to start the second half put the game out of reach. Senior Jess Knapp had the first basket, and then Baron and Bonenberger combined for 17 straight points for the Red and Blue. Knapp then had another bucket and the trio combined for Penn's first 23 points of the second half for a 51-30 lead with 10:32 remaining.
Kates contributed a pair of threes to keep the Lions at a distance and junior Katie Davis added a late bucket to put the finishing touches on the 20-point win.
Penn led by as many as 24 and never allowed the Lions closer than 19 over the last 15 minutes.
Baron was an impressive 10-for-13 from the field and added five rebounds. Knapp had a game-high nine rebounds in addition to four points and two steals in 29 minutes. Senior Jourdan Banks hauled in seven rebounds and had four points in 16 minutes. Kates finished with eight points and three assists.
Penn shot just under 50 percent (26-of-53) just one night after less than a quarter of its shots went through. Penn finished with 41 rebounds. Columbia was 18-for-49 (36.7%) from the field and 3-of-15 (20.0%) from three.
The final two home games of the season await the Quakers next weekend. Penn hosts Dartmouth on Friday night and then Harvard serves as the opponent for Senior Night. It will mark the final two games at The Palestra in the careers of four-year seniors Jess Knapp and Jourdan Banks.