Bethlehem, Pa. - Senior guard Karen Habrukowich became the 16th Quaker to score 1,000 points or more points in a career when she hit a three-pointer at the 3:06 mark of the first half of Penn women’s basketball’s 68-53 win over Lehigh on Tuesday at Stabler Arena. With the victory, Coach Pat Knapp earned his 300th-career win.
After playing each other almost dead even in the first half, Penn (7-6), which extended its season-long winning streak to four games, jumped to a 43-38 lead at the 15:27 mark of the second half on Habrukowich’s lay up. The Newtown, Pa. native finished as the game’s leading scorer with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field, 5-of-9 from three-point range. The senior’s first-half effort was enough to hit the millennium mark as Habrukowich dropped in 16 points in the first 20 minutes to lead all scorers heading into the locker room. She now stands at 1,005 career points, 15th on the all-time list, moving past Colleen Kelly (1995-98) who finished with 1,000 points as a Quaker.
Despite the pageantry of Habrukowich’s milestone, the game was still in question as Lehigh (11-5) used a 7-2 run to drop the Red and Blue’s lead to 47-45. The run was sparked by Jessica DePalo’s put-back jumper at the 12:15 mark. The jumper gave DePalo eight points for the game but it would be the closest the Mountain Hawks would get the remainder of the contest.
Penn responded as it has in recent games, with Joey Rhoads off the bench. Rhoads, who finished with 15 points for her second-consecutive double-digit scoring game, poured in eight points during a 12-0 run that lasted seven minutes, 41 seconds and gave the Quakers a 59-45 lead at the 5:41 mark. Penn’s lead dipped only as low as 11 points once more in the contest as the Red and Blue improved to 2-0 over the Patriot League this season.
Lehigh was on fire from the floor during the first half, shooting 62.5 percent from beyond the arc as opposed to just 15.4 percent from long range during the second frame. Leading the offensive charge for the Mountain Hawks was Sara Ellis who had 14 points at the break on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, 4-of-5 from downtown. She finished with a team-high 19 points.
Amanda Kammes passed a milestone as well in the win. The senior, corralled a career-high eight rebounds and matched a career best with four steals to lead the Red and Blue in take aways. Monica Naltner opened the game with the Quakers’ first four points and finished with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Penn is off the hardwood for 10 days to get ready for its Ivy League opener at Yale. The Quakers will face the Bulldogs at John J. Lee Amphitheater. The game, which tips off at 7 p.m., will be televised live on the YES Network and on DirecTV (channel 610).
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications