PHILADELPHIA - Senior Carrie Biemer registered a double-double and sophomore Erin Power was just one point from the same accomplishment as the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team rolled past Brown, 66-49, Friday at The Palestra.
Biemer led the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season as the Quakers (5-15, 2-4 Ivy) won their second straight game. Power added nine points to go along with 11 rebounds and five assists.
Brown (3-18, 1-6 Ivy) kept the game close in the early going. Nearly eight minutes in, the game was tied at 10-10. But Power sank a layup at 12:19 and the Quakers never trailed again. The layup sparked an 18-2 run over the next eight minutes. Freshman Tyler Cumbo capped the outburst with a soft lay in to give Penn a 28-12 advantage with 4:08 remaining in the half.
Biemer, who shot 69 percent (11-of-16) from the floor, knocked down one of her four three pointers in the first half's final minute to give the Quakers a 31-16 halftime edge. At that juncture, Biemer had outscored Brown single-handedly, 17-16.
Behind Biemer, the Quakers shot 50 percent from the field for the game. And despite the added defensive pressure by Brown in the second half, Penn withstood the effort. They capitalized by getting to the charity stripe, shooting all 22 of their free throws in the second half and making 18 (82 percent).
Just over five minutes into the second stanza, a Brown three-pointer closed the Penn lead to 35-23. But the Quakers, who outrebounded their opponent for the second straight game (37-34), held the Bears to just two points over the next six minutes. In the meantime, Penn managed nine points of its own and when junior Caitlin Slover knocked down two free throws with 8:44 to go, the Quakers had their largest lead of the season, 44-25.
Once again, Brown tried to whittle down the lead, getting within 16 with 5:33 to go. The Bears then made their final push, scoring the next seven points and getting the deficit to single digits for the first time in the half, 53-44 with 3:36 left. After senior Kelly Scott scored two of her eight points on Penn's next possession, Brown responded with a three-point play and got within eight, 55-47 at the 3:06 mark.
That would be as close as they would get. Power, Slover and junior Sarah Bucar, combined to go 10-of-11 from the free throw line the rest of the way to ice the game. Slover finished with nine points, going 9-for-10 from the line.
Penn had 18 assists on its 22 baskets, led by Power's five and four each from senior Anca Popovici and Bucar. The Quakers outscored the Bears in the paint, 28-22, and got 17 points from their bench. It also marked the second straight game in which Power had at least 11 rebounds.
Penn, which is 5-5 in its last 10 Ivy games, hosts Yale tomorrow night in the "Pink Zone" game at 7 p.m. Come down to The Palestra on Valentine's Day to support the team in its fight against breast cancer. Yale snuck by Princeton, 56-54 Friday night to improve to 10-11 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League.