Princeton, N.J.- It wouldn't be Penn vs. Princeton without the excitement and fervor of double overtime. The Quakers escaped Jadwin Gym with a 61-59 victory that took two extra sessions to be decided. Karen Habrukowich led all scorers with 21 pointsand hit the decisive three-pointer with 1:08 remaining in the second session to seal the Quakers' seventh-straight win.
On a night when Penn (10-6, 3-0 Ivy) shoots 64.7 percent from beyond the arc (11-of-17) and holds Princeton (9-7, 1-2 Ivy) to just three field goals in the second half, the outcome could be assumed as a Quakers win. That is why they play the game. The Tigers stayed alive on 12-for-18 free-throw shooting and clutch makes when it counted. After relinquishing a five-point halftime lead, Princeton climbed back on top with a pair of Rebecca Brown free throws at 4:43. Brown led the Tigers with 20 points. In the waning moments and with Penn down 51-47, Habrukowich hit two free throws with 53 seconds remaining. After a Katy O'Brien miss, Monica Naltner hit a clutch jumper with six ticks on the clock, sending the game into its first overtime.
Both teams managed only four points in the first overtime session but heated up in the second. Meghan Cowher, who finished with 18 points, opened with a field goal. Habrukowich followed with a jumper of her own. Cowher answered with another jumper, setting up Habrukowich's winning three-ball with a little over a minute left in double overtime. Cowher had a chance to send the game to a third overtime but missed both free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining and Cat Makarewich, who scored 12 points in the victory, corralled the defensive rebound for the Quakers.
Penn opened the game 3-for-3 from outside, hitting 7-of-8 during the first half,and built a 9-7 lead at the 17:01 mark. Princeton answered with an 11-0 run to take an 18-9 lead at the 10:42 mark. The spurt began with aCowher layup and ended with aBrown field goal. Brown was the story for the Tigers as sheand Katy O'Brien led Princeton's offensive attack with 11 and 12 points, respectively.
The Quakers first half would be summed up in one word - three. The Red and Blue were 7-for-8 from beyond the arc (87.5 percent) during the first 20 minutes. Habrukowich led with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting from outside. Joey Rhoads came off the bench to pour in 10 first-half points, going 4-for-4 from the floor and 2-for-2 from three-point range and finished the game with 13 points. Habrukowich nailed her fourth trey of the opening half as time expired to pull Penn to within five points, 32-27, at the break.
Penn heads back to The Palestra on Friday when it hosts Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend with the tip against the Crimson and Big Green set for 7 p.m.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications