Boulder, Colo. - The Quakers will face No. 22 Maryland in the consolation final of the University of Colorado Coors Classic after the Buffaloes defeated the Red and Blue, 69-49, at the Coors Event Center on Nov. 26. Cat Makarewich led Penn with nine points, shooting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
The Quakers (2-1) opened the contest against Colorado with a Karen Habrukowich three pointer and led 5-2 with 15:53 remaining in the first half on another field goal by the senior from Newtown, Pa. The Buffaloes (2-1) took their first lead of the game on a Leslie Howard trey to go up 8-5 at the 14-minute mark and Colorado did no look back, taking a five point, 29-24, lead in the locker room thanks in part to a 7-0 run late in the half after Penn had pulled to within one, 18-17, on a Jennifer Fleischer lay up. Howard ended the game leading all scorers with a career-high 14 points and also finished with a career-high eight boards.
Colorado showed the hot hand in the second half, opening on an 11-4 run and shooting 59.3 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from downtown for the second half.
Makarewich continued her hot shooting from outside, hitting 3-of-5 three-point attempts to lead the Quakers offense. Monica Naltner led Penn in the first half with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. Fleischer paced the Red and Blue on the boards, hauling in seven caroms.
Penn faces No. 22Maryland in tomorrow's consolation final of the CoorsClassic. TheTerrapins fell, 64-51, to No. 2 LSU in the first game of theevening. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (MST).
Written by Mat Kanan, associatedirector of athletic communications