Lawrenceville, N.J. Four Quakers scored in double figures for the first time this season as Penn clamped down on Rider defensively in the second half in the Red and Blue’s 74-57 victory over the Broncs at Alumni Gymnasium. Jennifer Fleischer poured in a career-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Karen Habrukowich (13), Katie Kilker (10) and Monica Naltner (10) joined the junior center in double-digit scoring.
The Quakers (5-6) found themselves trailing, 30-28, at halftime to Rider (2-9) as the Broncs used an 18-7 run and 8-of-11 shooting from the charity stripe to earn the two-point edge at the break. Penn opened the second half on a 10-0 run, which lasted 2:22 and was sparked by five points from Habrukowich, a converted three-point play from Fleischer and a lay up from Cat Makarewich who finished with five points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field. Fleischer added a season-matching 16 rebounds for her 12th-career double-double.
The Red and Blue built a 10-point lead at 45-35 on a pair of Naltner free throws at the 14:22 mark of the second half. Rider used an 11-3 run to pull to within a field goal, 48-46, on a Tami Coyle jumper with 11:16 remaining. Lauren Pears knocked down a three-pointer as the shot clock expired on the next possession and Joey Rhoads drilled the second of her two treys the next time down the floor to push Penn’s lead back to eight, 54-46.
Penn held the Broncs to 29.4 percent (10-for-34) shooting in the second half, while the Quakers shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) in the final 20 minutes. Rider managed only three field goals in the final nine minutes, 11 seconds while the Red and Blue built their lead from five points (54-49) to the final margin of 17. Rider’s Becky Hower paced the Broncs, scoring 15 of her team-high 22 points in the second half. Leanne Moore also finished in double figures, scoring 10 on 3-of-7 season shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line.
Penn will look to even its record on Jan. 10 when the Quakers travel to Easton, Pa. for a showdown with Lafayette. The game, which will air live on XPN FM 88.5 and www.pennathletics.com, tips off at 7 p.m.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications