EASTON, Pa.--Penn snapped a three-game losing streak with a 78-74 win at Lafayette Thursday night. Senior Monica Naltner had a career night with 37 points which ties for the sixth most points scored in a game for Penn. The Quakers’ 78 points is the most points scored under Head Coach Patrick Knapp.
Naltner was nearly perfect with 11-of-15 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point range and 11-11 from the line. She registered an amazing 30 points in the second half to lead the Quakers to their third victory of the season. Her game total matched Kirsten Brendel’s game against Harvard (2/1/91) and Diana Caramanico’s against Brown (1/9/99). Caramanico holds Penn’s all-time game high with 42 against Albany (1/8/01).
The Quakers (3-3) started the game on an 8-2 run and held the lead until 3:18 when a layup by Lafayette’s Vanessa Van De Venter knotted the score at 24. Penn newcomer Caitlin Slover sunk two from the charity stripe to give the Quakers a narrow lead heading into the locker room.
The start of the second was all Lafayette (2-6) with an 18-6 run to take its largest lead of the game 45-35. Naltner, who had a quiet seven points in the first half, lit up the second half with 30 points in the second. She and fellow senior Joey Rhoads keyed the Quaker comeback with help from Kelly Scott’s seven points and four rebounds off the bench.
Rhoads combined 11 second-half points with 14 from the first to tie her season-high 25 points.
After steadily chipping away at the Leopards’ lead, Naltner hit two free throws to tie the game with just under six minutes to play. She answered Lafayette’s jumper with two more free throws to again even the score.
With 2:02 on the clock, Lafayette had pulled away to a seven-point lead when Naltner hit two treys to complement jumpers from Rhoads and Scott and take the lead at 1:02. Penn iced the game with eight free throws to close out regulation.
Penn is back in action at The Palestra hosting American for a 1 p.m. tip-off. Live stats will be available on PennAthletics.com.