PRINCETON, N.J. - Senior Carrie Biemer recorded her second double-double of the season, but a poor first half doomed the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team as Princeton held on to its first half lead to win 64-49 in the Ivy League opener at Jadwin Gymnasium Saturday night.
Penn was without a field goal for the first 8:51 to open the game, missing its first eight shots. Princeton on the other hand, started the game 7-of-10 from the floor and jumped out to an 18-3 lead. Penn never got within eight after that and fell to 3-10 overall and 0-1 in the Ivy League. Princeton improved to 6-9 overall and 1-0 Ivy League.
Senior Katarina Lackner broke the dry spell and started a Quakers' run, sinking the Quakers' first basket of the half with a turnaround layup to make the score 18-5. It was the beginning of an 11-4 run, finished by back-to-back threes from freshman Tyler Cumbo and Biemer. At that point, Penn trailed just 22-14 with 7:39 to go in the half.
The Quakers though, made just five of their 24 shot attempts in the first 20 minutes. Princeton capitalized, scoring 14 of the last 17 points of the half to take a commanding 36-17 lead into the locker room.
It proved to be too much to overcome. The teams played even basketball, sharing baskets for the majority of the final half. Princeton's lead was never more than 21, but Penn got no closer than the 15-point deficit they faced after freshman Sara Ely hit a three-pointer with 11:50 left to make it 48-33 and when sophomore Jerin Smith sank a free throw with 27.2 seconds remaining.
Penn played well in the second half as they shot at a clip of 43-percent from the floor and had just five turnovers, while forcing seven.
Biemer finished the night with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the second double-double of her career. She also accomplished the feat earlier this year in an overtime win at Colgate.
Cumbo added eight points, including two first-half threes and senior Katarina Lackner added seven points. Junior Caitlin Slover was second on the team with her six rebounds and also chipped in four points.
Freshman walk-on Julie Becker also got in on the action with her first career points - a three-point play with 1:26 to go in the game - as Penn got nearly half its points (24) from the bench.
Another short trip to New Jersey is in store for the Quakers on Tuesday as they travel to Lawrenceville to take on Rider. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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