Philadelphia - Jennifer Fleischer registered her ninth double-double of the season with 17 points (5-of-11) and 17 rebounds but it was not enough as Brown used a 21-point run for the 76-69 win at The Palestra on Friday, splitting the season series with the Quakers.
Penn (12-9, 5-3 Ivy) came out with guns blazing, scoring 39 first-half points to take a six-point lead over the Bears (15-7, 7-2 Ivy) into the locker room. It was the most points the Red and Blue had scored in the first half all season and was eight points from matching their point total in the Red and Blue's 47-43 victory at Brown on Jan. 29. Fleischer scored 10 of her team-high 17 points in the first frame, while also hauling in eight rebounds. At one point, Penn stretched the gap to 12 points when Karen Habrukowich hit one of her four treys to give the Quakers a 37-25 advantage with 3:16 to go before the break. Habrukowich finished the game with 16 points and now stands in seventh position on Penn's all-time scoring list with 1,116 career points.
Penn started the second half hitting from outside as three-pointers by Habrukowich and Cat Makarewich gave the Quakers a 12-point edge at 45-33 with 17:41 on the clock. It was Makarewich's third trifecta of the night as the senior finished with 11 points. The nextfive minutes,43 seconds belonged to Brown as the Bears scored 21-straight points, while Penn was held scoreless over the same span of time. When the dust settles, Brown led 54-45. Penn's next bucket came at the 11:56 on the clock as Habrukowich hit a trey to make the score, 54-48.
Brown took its first lead of the second half at 47-45 with 14:23 on the clock. Andrea Conrad, who finished with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting,scored on a lay up to give the Bears a lead they would not relinquish. Sarah Hayes stretched Brown's lead to 13 points, 64-51, on a pair of free throws. Despite shooting only 5-for-13 from the field, Hayes dropped in a game-high 23 points, hitting 12-of-13 free-throw attempts. Holly Robertson also finished in double figures, scoring 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting, 16 of which came in the first half. Her presence sparked Brown's advantage down low as the Bears outscored Penn 34-16 in the paint.
Penn will look to bounce back on Saturday when Yale, who suffered a 75-49 loss at Princeton on Friday night, comes to The Palestra. The game, which will also celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, tips off at 7 p.m.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications