Philadelphia - Penn women's basketball suffered its second Big 5 loss of the season, losing to Temple, 63-46, in the Red and Blue's City Series finale on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center. Penn sophomores Monica Naltner and Joey Rhoads paced the Quakers offensively as Naltner scored a career-high 13 point and Rhoads led off the bench with 11.
The Quakers (3-4, 2-2 Big 5) was held to 20 percent shooting in the first half as the Owls (4-3, 1-0 Big 5) mounted a 26-15 halftime lead. Penn surged late in the second half, outscoring Temple, 7-1, during a one-minute, 22-second stretch but it was not enough. Rhoads hit five of her nine second-half points during the run and senior guard Karen Habrukowich, who finished with six points, added a field goal.
The Quakers' fate was sealed at the end of the first half and the outset of the second as Penn scored three field goals during a span of 16 minutes, 16 seconds. Habrukowich knocked down a jumper at the 7:01 mark of the first frame, trailing 19-12. By the time Penn scored its next three shots Temple had expanded its lead to 45-21 at the 10:35 mark of the second stanza. The Red and Blue closed the first half with three Naltner free throws en route to her career-high point total.
Penn's bench outscored the Owls, 21-4, and was led by Rhoads as the Huntingdon Valley, Pa. native registered her second game with double digits in the scoring column. Jennifer Fleischer again paced Penn on the boards with eight rebounds. Temple's Cynthia Jordan led all scorers with 21 points (6-for-11) and led three Owls in double figures as Kamesha Hairston and Ari Moore each scored 13 points in the winning effort.
The Red and Blue look to end their two-game skid in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. when they meet Marist at 7 p.m. at the James J. McCann Center. Tip off is scheduled at 7 p.m.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications