PHILADELPHIA - Penn erased a seven-point deficit late in the second half, but Lindsay Myers' layup with 48 seconds left and clutch free throw shooting gave Lafayette a 60-56 victory on Thursday evening at The Palestra.
The Quakers (3-12) couldn't carry over their momentum from Saturday's win at Columbia, while the Leopards (5-11) snapped a six-game losing streak.
Suffering from cold shooting and turnovers in the second half, Penn found itself behind by seven points with three minutes left. After alayup by Ashley Gray and a free throw by Monica Naltner cut the Leopard lead to four, Rachel Wilson grabbed a board off a Naltner missed foul shot. Wilson missed the first putback attempt, but wrestled the ball away again and hit the next shot while getting fouled in the process.
Wilson missed her foul shot on the three-point play opportunity, but Penn got the ball back after two missed Lafayette free throws and Naltner drained a two-point jumper to tie the contest at 54-54.
The Leopards quickly responded, as Myers dribbled around Penn defenders and cruised inside for a clean layup that gave her team a two-point lead. The Quakers missed two shots at the other end that would have tied the game, and Lafayette's Vanessa Van De Venter and Kara Stetler sunk all four of their foul shots to seal Penn's fate.
Penn shot well as a team in the first half, knocking down 11-of-19 shots (57.9 percent) from the field, but Lafayette stayed closeby capitalizing on 15 Quaker turnovers.
Joey Rhoads andNaltner each led the Quakers with 13 points, while Jennifer Fleischer had 13 rebounds.
Penn returns to action Tuesday for its last Big 5 game of the season, at La Salle. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.