Philadelphia - Hearts are broken for the second-straight night in The Palestra as the Penn women's basketball team fell to Dartmouth, 73-71, after a dramatic comeback that saw the Quakers dig themselves out from a 13-point deficit only to have the Big Green hit the winning shot with seven seconds remaining in the game. Three Quakers scored in double figures with Jennifer Fleischer matching a career high with 22 points and recording her sixth double-double of the season with 11 boards.
A 13-point deficit in the second half would not do in the Quakers (10-8, 3-2 Ivy) but that was the scene when Ashley Taylor scored a lay up at the 14:24 mark to give Dartmouth (9-8, 5-0 Ivy) a 51-38 lead. Taylor led the Big Green with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Penn skimmedseven points off the lead when Karen Habrukowich scored three of her 13 second-half points on a lay up and foul shot to make the score 69-63 in favor of the visiting team. After a Krista Perry lay up made the score 71-63, the Red and Blue ran off eight unanswered points. Joey Rhoads, who finished with six points, hit two free throws at the 3:36 mark after being fouled on a three-point attempt. Amanda Kammes scored a lay up and was fouled. She missed the ensuing free throw but Fleischer was there for the offensive board and her put back made the score 71-69 with 2:26 left. Dartmouth's missed jumper was followed by a Monica Naltner field goal from the top of the key to tie the score at 71 with just 1:31 remaining in regulation. It was the first time the score had been tied since it was 34-all with 2:58 to go in the first half. Each team had one possession and could not capitalize as the clock ticked down but Elise Morrison, who finished with 11 points after managing only two in the first half, scored the decisive lay up with seven ticks left on the clock. Kammes drove the length of the court and attempted an off-balance shot as time expired but the Big Green escaped The Palestra with their fifth League win of the season.
Habrukowich was a spark in the second half after having only six points in the first, she lit up Dartmouth for 13 points in the second. Naltner registered her second-straight double figure night with 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Kammes paced Penn with five assists to go along with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Dartmouth was volcanic from beyond the arc, erupting for eight made treys in 11 attempts in the first half (72.7 percent) and hitting 11-of-18 61.1 percent) for the game. The Big Green had four players in double figures. Joining Taylor and Morrison were Angie Soriaga with 11 and Jeannie Cullen with 14 off the bench.
Penn heads to the Big Apple on Feb. 11 as the Quakers travel to Columbia for a 7 p.m. tip off, followed by a meeting with Cornell on Feb. 12.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications