New Haven, Conn. - On a night when neither team was feeling it from the floor, the Quakers dug down defensively to pull out a 53-40Ivy League-opening victory at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Yale's 40 points were the least allowed by the Red and Blue in an Ancient Eight contest since five years ago today.
Penn (8-6, 1-0 Ivy) was held without a field goal during the first five minutes and 48 seconds of the game as the Bulldogs (3-13, 0-3 Ivy) mounted an 11-3 advantage. Despite the cold shooting, the Quakers rattled off 10-straight points and took their first lead of the night, 13-11,on a Jennifer Fleischer turn around in the lane at the 6:24 mark. Fleischer led all scorers with 15 points as well as leading both squads on the boards with nine. The two teams traded the lead throughout the remainder of the first half but a Cat Makarewich free throw at the end of the first half gave Penn a 19-15 lead at the break. Makarewich finished the game with seven points.
The Quakers built its first double-digit lead, 35-25,on a Karen Habrukowich free throw at the 11:36 mark of the second half. Habrukowich would finish with eight as she tied Beth Stegner for 14th on Penn's all-time scoring list with 1,013 career points.
Monica Naltner sparked the Red and Blue with six points in the first half as the sophomore finished with 12 on 3-of-8 shooting and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Tory Mauseth and Morgan Richards led Yale with seven points apiece.
The 40 points scored on Penn were the least given up by the Quakers in an Ivy League contest since giving up 43 to Columbia on Jan. 28, 2000. The Quakers go for a sixth-straight win when they visit Brown on Jan. 29 at the Pizzitola Sports Center at 7 p.m.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications