PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team fell in its Big 5 opener to No.21 Temple, 72-53, at The Palestra Tuesday evening.
The Quakers (1-1) kept the score close throughout the first half behind strong defense and a sub-par shooting effort by the Owls (4-0), who made just 14-of-33 shots. Senior Jennifer Fleischer hit two free throws with 22 seconds left in the first half to bring Penn within four points of Temple at intermission.
Penn kept battling in the second half but Temple put together a series of runsbehind the solid play of Khadija Bowens and All-American candidate Candice Dupree, outscoring the Quakers 44-29.
Dupree, who was held without a basket for the first 15 minutes of the game, scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half, whileBowens paced all scorers with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting.
Fleischer led the Quakers with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Joey Rhoads and Monica Naltner added 10 points apiece.
Penn next travels to Seattle, Wash., to take part in the Washington Husky Classic, with the first game on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 3:30 p.m., against Rice. The Quakers will then play on Sunday against either host Washington or San Diego at a time yet to be determined.
Written by BradySmith, associate director of athletic communications