HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Carrie Biemer became the 18th player in University of Pennsylvania women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points on Friday night, but the Quakers fell, 55-36, to undefeated Dartmouth at Leede Arena.
The Ivy League's top-ranked defense proved too much for the Quakers (6-16, 3-5 Ivy) as Dartmouth (13-9, 8-0 Ivy) remained unbeaten in the Ivy League, holding its sixth straight opponent under 50 points. Penn was held without a three-point field goal for the first time all season, going 0-for-11.
In a low-scoring battle, it was the offenses that were in control throughout the first seven minutes of the game. Dartmouth never trailed in the game, but the Quakers matched the Big Green bucket-for-bucket in the early going.
Biemer, needing five points to reach the milestone, wasted little time. She hit her third basket of the game at the 12:32 mark of the first half. The turnaround jumper in the lane pulled Penn within four, 16-12. At game's end, she stood with 1,004 career points, 17th all-time at Penn.
However, the defenses would ultimately prevail. The two teams played to a 16-13 stalemate for the next seven minutes with neither team managing a basket in that time. When scoring resumed, Penn found themselves down just 21-17 with the first half winding down.
However, Dartmouth went on a deadly run in the half's final minute, scoring eight unanswered points in the last 60 seconds. It stretched the four-point deficit to 12 at the half, 29-17.
Sophomore Jerin Smith did her best to carry the Quakers on the offensive end in the second half. Over one stretch, Smith had eight straight points for the Red and Blue and 10 of 12. The Fort Worth, Texas, native finished just shy of her first career double-double as she led the team with 10 points and eight rebounds.
After a Smith lay in pulled Penn within eight, 39-31, with nine minutes to go, Dartmouth put the game away. The Big Green scored 10 straight points over the next five minutes to take a commanding 49-31 advantage. The Quakers chipped the lead down to 15 shortly after that when freshman Tyler Cumbo converted a three-point play, but they would get no closer.
Biemer matched Smith's team-leading eight rebounds to go along with nine points. Senior Kelly Scott had six points, while senior Katarina Lackner and sophomore Erin Power each had four points. The Quakers did outscore Dartmouth in the paint, 22-20, and held their third straight opponent under 40-percent shooting.
Penn plays at Harvard tomorrow night. Note that the tip-off is at 6 p.m. in Cambridge. Harvard slipped by Princeton Friday night, 54-50, after trailing by 19 at the half, 34-15.
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