PHILADELPHIA A gritty comeback attempt by the Penn women’s basketball team was not enough as the Quakers fell to Brown Saturday night, 70-62, at The Palestra.
With the win, Brown (18-9, 12-2 Ivy League) clinched a share of the Ivy League title. Princeton and Dartmouth both won, and each can enter a tie with the Bears with wins on Tuesday, potentially setting up a three-way tie for the title.
Joey Rhoads was the game’s top scorer, draining 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting. She also hit six three-pointers and collected five rebounds and three assists in playing all 40 minutes. Monica Naltner was also key, scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards. Sarah Hayes starred for the Bears, tallying 23 points and grabbing 10 boards.
Down by 12 at the half, Penn (5-21, 3-10 Ivy League) slowly chipped away at the Brown lead. A three-pointer by Rhoads and a lay-up by Carrie Biemer cut an 11-point lead to four with 8:35 left to go, but the Bears came out of a timeout on an 8-2 run to retake an 11-point lead.
However, Rhoads again swung the momentum around, hitting two three-pointers to cut the deficit to five with 1:42 to play. Unfortunately, Penn would never get closer, as the Bears made eight of their nine free throws in the final minute to secure victory.
Before the game, Penn’s three seniors Jennifer Fleischer, Henley Hansen, and Rachel Wilson were honored in a brief ceremony for their contributions to the Penn women’s basketball program.
The Quakers will wrap up their season on the road at Princeton Tuesday evening. Tip-off is set for 6:15 p.m. as the matinee of a women’s-men’s doubleheader.