Women's Basketball Suffers 57-53 Setback Against Saint Joseph's

Penn vs. Saint Joseph's Box Score (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA, PA. -
The University of Pennsylvania (1-3, 0-1 Big 5) came back from a 12-point deficit and made it a one possession game with 33 seconds to play but couldn’t overcome the margin as Saint Joseph’s (1-3, 1-1 Big 5) claimed a 57-53 victory over the Quakers on Tuesday night.

The contest marked the first Big 5 matchup for the Quakers this season and the 42nd meeting in the all-time series between the two schools.

THE NUMBERS

Penn was held to just 33.3% shooting (17-of-51) for the contest while Saint Joseph’s closed at 45.5% (20-of-44) from the field. The Quakers were led by an 11 point, 11 rebound double-double effort from Michelle Nwokedi while Anna Ross and Sydney Stipanovich each went into double-digits with 16 and 14 points, respectively, and a combined nine boards.

The Hawks were led by Sarah Veilleaux’s 15 points and seven rebounds while Adashia Franklyn and Chelsea Woods recorded double-digits.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Red and Blue showed resilience and played stingy defense in the closing minutes; they climbed their way back following a second and third quarter where they struggled to hit their shots, going 5-for-27 in the middle 20 minutes.

With 2:46 left in the fourth quarter, Penn whittled the deficit down to 49-40 and continued their momentum going 3-for-5 from the field in the final minute and a half en route to a 9-3 run. Following a Ross trey and a subsequent trip to the foul line with 35 seconds on the clock, the Red and Blue closed the gap to 53-51, but that would be the closest the Quakers would get as Saint Joseph’s solidified the win on the foul line in the waning seconds.

The Quakers were stymied by the Hawks hot hands in the first quarter as they shot 61.5% off a 8-for-13 effort from the floor in the opening frame. SJU's lead grew to a game-high 12 points by the second quarter. Despite the setback, the Quakers used a 6-2 run fueled by a Nwokedi jumper and a Kasey Chambers trey to get the Quakers within striking distance. At the end of the half, the Red and Blue held the Hawks scoreless for 3:28 to make it 33-26 by intermission.

Both teams struggled in their third quarter and combined for just 15 total points in the frame. SJU also had difficulty taking care of the ball and committed six turnovers, but Penn couldn’t capitalize on the extra opportunities and connected on just two of their 15 shots in the period. SJU carried a 40-34 lead heading into the final quarter before the Quakers continued their comeback bid.

UP NEXT
Penn returns to action following the Thanksgiving holiday for a midweek matchup against Lafayette. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Easton, Pa. on Wednesday, Nov. 30th.          

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