PHILADELPHIA – For the first time since 2005, the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team is 3-0 in the Ivy League. The Quakers accomplished this feat thanks to a 66-49 victory over Brown on Saturday night at The Palestra. The Quakers are now 14-3 overall, and 8-1 inside the friendly confines of The Palestra.
Inside the Numbers
For the second night in a row, Sydney Stipanovich paced the Penn offense. The junior poured in 19 points, to along with a team-high 14 rebounds. She now has seven double-doubles this season, and 22 for her career. Stipanovich averaged 17.5 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks in the Quakers’ two Ivy wins this weekend.
Michelle Nwokedi (12) and Anna Ross (10) were also into double figures for Penn, while Lauren Whitlatch chipped in nine points. Nwokedi narrowly missed out on a double-double, grabbing nine boards. Ross dished out a team-best five assists.
Defensively, the Quakers forced 16 Brown turnovers and racked up eight blocks. The Bears shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the field, including 5-of-19 from behind the three-point line.
How it Happened
The Quakers allowed just 14 points in the first half, including four in the second quarter alone, building a 34-14 lead in the process. Stipanovich and Whitlatch led the way early on, combining for 14 of Penn’s 20 first-quarter points. Whitlatch knocked down a pair of three-pointers, while Stipanovich made four of her first five shots from the field. The Quakers forced two shot clock violations by Brown in the first half, and allowed the Bears to make just six of their first 30 shots from the floor.
The defensive momentum rolled on into the second half, as Penn began the third quarter on a 9-0 run. A lay-up, followed by a free throw from Nwokedi led to the Quakers building their biggest lead of the game at 43-14 with 5:57 left in the third quarter. Stipanovich drilled another jumper to give Penn a 48-22, while Kasey Chambers made a floater at the buzzer to cap off the third quarter. The Quakers led 51-30 after three.
The Quakers did most of their damage in the fourth quarter from behind the three-point line. Chambers, Ross, and Ashley Russell all made three-balls, as Penn cruised to the finish line. Jackie Falconer and Princess Aghayere also got into the action, each putting in a bucket.
The Quakers will hit the road next week for their second Ivy weekend, traveling to Cambridge and Hanover for matchups against Harvard and Dartmouth.