ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell's Claire Perry netted 22 points to lead the Big Red past the Penn women's basketball team, 64-51, Friday evening at Newman Arena.
The loss spoiled a big night for senior center Jennifer Fleischer, who tied a career-high with 21 rebounds and added eight points for the Quakers. Fleischer grabbed 21boards against Cornell on Feb. 12 of last year to set her career-best, which is also tied for the second-highest game total in Penn history.
With her first rebound, Fleischer alsobecame just the sixth Quaker in school history to grab 700 boards for her career.
Both teams came out sluggish in the first half, combining for just 36 points at the three-minute mark while each shooting under 35 percent from the field. The Quakers (2-11, 0-2 Ivy)held several leads throughout the half, but Cornell stayed close and put together a 7-1 run in the last three minutes to close out the first half with a six-point advantage.
In the second half, the Big Red (4-10, 1-0 Ivy)increased their lead to as much as 16, but the Quakers fought back to close the gap to six points. Freshman Carrie Biemer was a big factor for Penn, as she went 5-of-8 from the field and scored all of her 12 points in the second stanza.
Cornell would not waiver down the stretch, though, andsealed the win by nailing 8-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes of the contest.
Ashley Gray and Biemer paced Penn with 12 points each, while Joey Rhoads added 11 points and three assists.
Perry was the Big Red's top shooter, hitting 7-of-12 shots from the field for a game-high 22 points, while Lindsay Krasna added 18 points for Cornell.
The Quakers stay on the road to face Ivy League foe Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 14, in New York, N.Y. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.