HANOVER, N.H.--The University of Pennsylvania was hit hard by Dartmouth threes in a 70-43 loss in Hanover, N.H. Friday night. The Quakers fell to 8-11 on the season and and even 3-3 in the Ivy League. The Big Green improved to 10-10 on the season and 4-2 in League play.
The Big Green used five three-pointers to command a 12-point lead at the half. Not only did those shots help Dartmouth keep Penn chasing, they halted any momentum the Quakers tried to start. The home team made nine treys in the game and shot 55.1-percent from the field.
Dartmouth's stingy defense combined with cold-shooting from the Quakers for a weak second half. The Red and Blue scored just seven field goals after the break and were kept off the board for the first six and a half minutes. Ashley Gray provided a spark working the paint at 13:20. Gray led the Quaker offense with 10 points in the game.
Dartmouth pressed on and extended its lead to the largest of the night, 31 at 9:19 before Gray stole the ball at midcourt and converted it into two points.On the next possession, Lauren Pears drained a shot from three-point land at 7:35 showing a glimmer of excitement. But Dartmouth quickly drowned that hope keeping Penn silent for another three minutes.
The Quakers head to Cambridge, Mass., next to take on Harvard Saturday night. The tip is set for 6 p.m.