Boulder, Colo. - The Quakers battled the No.22 team in the land, falling to Maryland, 76-56, in the consolation final of the 18th Annual Coors Classic hosted by the University of Colorado. Karen Habrukowich was selected as a member of the all-tournament team, finishing the two-day event with 15 points, three rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.
Penn (2-2) led early, leading by as many as three points on three separate occasions. The Red and Blue's first lead came one a Cat Makarewich trey at the 18:45 mark of the first half to give the Quakers their first lead. Katie Kilker, who finished with 10 points and four rebounds against the Terrapins (3-1), hit an eight-footer at 17:23 mark for a 5-2 Penn lead. Habrukowich gave her team a 9-6 lead with a lay up at the 15:39 mark off a pass from Kilker. Maryland took the lead ontwo of Laura Harper's, also an all-tournament team selection, eight points. Penn pulled to within one at 14-13 on an Amanda Kammes lay up but would not get any closer. The Terrapins closed out the final 12:46 of the first half on a 20-4 run to take a 34-17 lead into the locker room. Kammes scored six points, adding three boards and a career-high three blocks.
The Red and Blue fought Maryland the entire half. Despite losing by double digits, Penn scored 39 second-half points to Maryland's 42, shooting 84.2 percent from the charity stripe (16-of-19) and 88.0 percent for the game (22-of-25). Many Quakers recorded career-high point totals. Lauren Pears poured in eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, Jenna Markoff hit one field goal and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line for a career-high six points and Kmiberly Franklin hit her first collegiate three pointer with 31 seconds remaining in the second half.
Maryland had a trio of players score double figures in the victory, led by Crystal Langhorne and Shay Doron, each with 16 points, and Kalika France with 11 points.
Penn heads back to Philadelphia to resume its Big 5 season with a showdown at Saint Joseph's. Tip off at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse is 7 p.m.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications