HAMILTON, N.Y. A tough defensive effort, and senior Carrie Biemer’s first career double-double guided the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team to its second straight win with a 49-46 overtime victory over Colgate Sunday afternoon at Cotterell Court.The Quakers were pushed into overtime for the second time in three games when the Raiders hit two free throws with six seconds remaining in regulation. Penn improved to 2-6 this season, while Colgate dropped to 2-8.
Despite an early lead for the Raiders in the extra session, Biemer scored eight of her 15 points in the overtime period. With Colgate up 41-39 with 2:30 left, the Haddonfield, N.J., native buried a three-pointer for a one-point lead. Then, with the score 44-43 in favor of the Quakers and the shot clock running down on the Red and Blue, Biemer launched and sunk a deep three to give Penn a 47-43 advantage with just 47 seconds left on the clock.
Colgate would not go away though, closing the gap to 47-46 on the next possession. Junior Sarah Bucar then dropped in two clutch free throws, putting Penn up three with 24 seconds left. Colgate let go a desperate three as time expired, but it bounced hard of the back of the rim and Penn claimed its second straight win.
The defenses were the story in regulation. Penn had a halftime lead for the second straight outing at 21-18. It marked the fewest points allowed by the Quakers in the first half in over two seasons.
Penn’s full court defense again rattled the opponent, forcing 11 first-half turnovers, with the Quakers collecting seven steals in that time more steals than the Quakers had in any full game this season. Bucar finished the game with a season-high six steals, while also adding six points.
Colgate went without a field goal for more than a six-minute span, allowing Penn to take an early lead, 13-10. At that point, Penn had six different players score its six baskets.
Colgate quickly scored on its first two possessions of the second half, taking a 22-21 lead less than a minute in. But the next five points went to the Quakers and they led 26-22 with 14:36 left in regulation.
Penn held the lead for the majority of the half, with its largest edge at 32-25 with 11:42 on the clock. However, Colgate went on an extended 10-2 run, regaining the lead with just 3:09 to go.
Junior Caitlin Slover would give Penn a 37-35 lead though, with a big three-point play at the 1:15 mark. The lead looked like it would stick, until both Raiders free throws went down.
Penn held Colgate without a three-pointer, and the Raiders’ top scorer, Sami Kozlowski was held without a basket for the entire 45 minutes. Colgate shot just 32.7 percent from the floor.
Biemer, Bucar and Slover helped give Penn a 39-30 rebounding advantage. Biemer’s 10 boards and the eight rebounds by Slover and Bucar were all season-highs.
The Quakers’ 83.3-percent free throw shooting (10-for-12), was another reason the Quakers found a way to their second straight three-point win.
Penn is now off for 12 days before hosting Philadelphia rival Drexel on Friday, Dec. 19 at noon. The Quakers do not hit the road again for another 26 days. They travel to St. Francis (N.Y.) on New Years Eve.
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