Balanced Effort Leads Women's Basketball Past Lafayette, 64-47

Penn-Lafayette Box Score (PDF)

The University of Pennsylvania (2-3) women’s basketball team got back to their winning ways and handed Lafayette (1-7) their sixth-straight loss of the season in a 64-47 win on Wednesday night in Easton, Pa. at Kirby Sports Center.

The Quakers saw balanced scoring led by the double-digit efforts of Michelle Nwokedi, Sydney Stipanovich and Beth Brzozowski who combined for 40 of Penn’s 64 points. Nwokedi led all scorers on the afternoon with 16 points, eight boards, three assists and three blocks. Lafayette’s Anna Ptasinski notched a team-high 10 points for the Leopards in the defeat.

“We did a lot better offensively, we were able to get above 60 which was one of our goals,” said senior Kasey Chambers following the game. “We really played well on the defensive end to kick-start our offense which was better than our last game.”

The Quakers turned a slight 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter into a 33-22 advantage at halftime off of 47% shooting from the field in the second frame. After an opening layup from Lafayette to begin the contest, the Red and Blue would never trail as they opened up a 20 point margin on the hosts by the middle of the fourth quarter.  

Penn went 23-for-48 from the field (47.9%), including 10-of-24 (41.7%) from three point range and out-rebounded Lafayette by a 30-27 margin for the contest. The Leopards struggled to gain momentum and shot just 29% from behind the arc (4-of-14) and went 18-of-51 from the floor (35.3%).

The Leopards struggled defending the Stipanovich/Nwokedi duo in the opening minutes and the Quakers jumped out to an 11-4 lead by the 5:28 mark in the first quarter. Despite the fast start, the Red and Blue went scoreless the last 4:42 of the first period, going 0-for-4 from the field to end the quarter as Lafayette pushed their way back to get within one.

With 8:11 left in the half, Chambers drained a wide-open three from the top of the key and added another with 3:08 on the clock to re-spark the Quaker momentum. The Red and Blue took an 11 point advantage into intermission following another trey from Brzozowski and a put-back from Nwokedi as they headed into the locker rooms outscoring the Leopards 19-9 in the second quarter.

The contest broke open in the third with the Quakers coming out of halftime with renewed energy. Brzozowski registered seven of her 13 points in the stanza as the Quakers hit 7-of-13 (54%) from the field, and Stipanovich added another seven points in the second half as the Quakers were 4-of-7 (57%) from three point range in the latter 20 minutes. An Ashley Russell three pointer with 4:54 on the clock gave the Quakers a 20-point margin over the hosts 60-40, and Penn cruised to the 64-47 win in the final minutes to seal the victory.

Penn returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 3 when they travel to Wagner College for a 1 p.m. matchup in Staten Island, N.Y. at Spiro Sports Center.