Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team opened its season with a 76-48 victory over Northeastern today in The Palestra. Senior Cat Makarewich led all players with a career-high 23 points, including a career-best seven three-point baskets. Her seven three pointers tied a school record, as Colleen Kelly accomplished the feat in games in both 1997 and 1998.
In addition to Makarewich’s 23 points, junior Jennifer Fleischer recorded her ninth career double-double with 10 rebounds and 15 points. Other Quakers (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) with impressive starts included senior Karen Habrukowich, who made a career-high six three-pointers en-route to 22 points and fellow senior Amanda Kammes, who dished out nine assists and had three steals.
The Huskies (0-2) had the lead twice during the early part of the first half but the Red and Blue took a 12-10 lead less than four minutes into the game and didn't look back. Penn took a 28-20 lead into halftime and opened the second frame on a 23-6 run to build to a 51-26 lead at the 11:38 mark on a Joey Rhoads made free throw.
The Quakers broke away in the second half, shooting 72 percent, including 90 percent from behind the arc. Penn finished the contest with a 59.6 shooting percentage. It was the first time that the Red and Blue had shot over 50 percent from the floor since they lost to Drexel on Jan. 13, 2004.
The Quakers open the Philadelphia Big 5 season on Tuesday, Nov. 23 when they host La Salle in The Palestra. Game time is slated for 5:45 p.m as part of a double-header with the men's team that faces Drexel at 8 p.m.