Penn Tames Tigers, 58-50; Earns Season Sweep

Box Score

Philadelphia - Penn women's basketball held Princeton without a field goal for the final six minutes, 44 seconds of the Quakers' 58-50 win over the Tigers at The Palestra on Tuesday night. Karen Habrukowich and Joey Rhoads led all scorers with 15 points apiece.

A second half run by the Tigers gave Princeton a 36-27 lead on a Katy O'Brien trey at the 15:12 mark. Penn answered with a Naltner lay up but Princeton equaled its largest lead of nine on a Rebecca Brown lay up with 13:23. Brown finished with 12 points and Casey Lockwood led Princeton with 14 on 6-for-11 shooting. The Quakers, having experienced scoring runs against them in the recent past, turned the tables on Princeton, scoring the nextnine points to tie the score at 38 with 9:48 remaining.

Katie Kilker began the run with a pair of free throws and Habrukowich followed with a lay up. Rhoads brought the Quakers within a bucket, 38-36,with one of her three treys on the night at the 10:45 mark. Habrukowich tied the score at 38 on yet another lay up. Both teams traded leads over the next three minutes with Princeton taking its final advantageon a Meagan Cowher baseline jumper at the 6:44 mark. It would be the last field goal the Tigers could muster. Penn took the lead for good at the 5:48 mark on a Rhoads jumper and finished the game on a 14-5 run. Kilker secured the victory with her only steal of the game, intercepting an O'Brien passattempt into thepost.

Rhoads was 5-for-11 from the field in her third-career start. Despite being held to just a pair of field goals in the first half, Habrukowich was 4-for-7 in the second halfto finish with her 15 points. Ashley Gray led the Red and Blue on the glass with a career-high six rebounds.

The Red and Blue victory was aided by Princeton's inability to do two things, take care of the ball and make free throws. Penn outscored the Tigers, 22-4, off turnovers and Princeton finished the game 7-for-19 from the line.

Penn (13-10, 6-4 Ivy) and Princeton (12-11, 4-6 Ivy) each opened the game with respective 10-2 runs. Monica Naltner, who finished with nine points, scored five of the Red and Blue's first 10.

The Class of '05's final home Ivy weekend occurs this Friday and Saturday when Cornell and Columbia visit The Palestra on Feb. 25-26. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications