Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - Sophomore Monica Naltner scored a career-high 17 points, including a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining,while the Quakers overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half, but it was not enough as Penn was edged by Marist College, 59-58.
A combination of fouls and 13 turnovers made for a tough first half for the Quakers. Senior Cat Makarewich opened the game for the Red and Blue (3-5)with a lay-in at 18:58. After trading baskets with the Red Foxes (3-3) over the nexteight minutes, Marist went on a 15-4 run to pull ahead, 26-15, with 3:58 remaining in the half. The Quakers cut the lead to eight points on a three by sophomore Joey Rhodes, but the Red Foxes maintained momentum, taking a 32-21 lead into the break.
Marist began the second half by extending its lead to 35-21at 18:22 but Pennstarted to chip away at the deficit behind Naltner's 11 points in the final frame. With 3:49 remaining, Katie Kilker cut the margin to four points, 48-44, on a feed from Naltner to spark the Penn attack. A Jennifer Fleischer jumper with 41 ticks left on the clockclosed the gap to, 57-55. The Red Foxes' Fifi Camarasank twofree throws to putMarist ahead, 59-55, with 12 seconds left, setting up Naltner's three with time winding down.
Naltner finished the night with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor for her second-consecutive game in double-digits. Makarewich recorded 12 points, including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point land. Senio Karen Habrukowich grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. Marist's Kristin Keller led all scorers with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Camara also notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
The Quakers are back in action on Dec. 13when they face nationally-ranked Ohio State at noon at The Palestra.
Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.