PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich's double-double led four players in double figures and the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team rolled to its sixth straight win, 75-58, over Brown on Friday night at The Palestra.
Penn (17-7, 8-2 Ivy) matched the fifth-most wins in school history and has now posted three of the top five winningest seasons in school history in the last three years (school record 22 last year and 18 wins in 2012-13).
How it Happened
It was a back-and-forth affair at the start. The lead changed hands five times in the first five minutes before the Quakers erupted for 12 straight points and never trailed again. Freshman Michelle Nwokedi capped the run with a three-point play to give Penn a 17-6 lead midway through the half.
Brown, which boasted the league's second-highest scoring offense, was held more than six minutes without a basket. But then a quick burst closed Penn's lead to 20-14 with 7:36 left in the half.
Two minutes later, senior captain Kathleen Roche hit a three to close out a 7-0 spurt and Penn led, 27-14. Though Brown chipped away in the final minutes to close within nine at the half, 36-27.
It was an eight-point game, 38-30, two minutes into the second half before the Quakers broke the game open. A 9-0 run -- highlighted by a three-point play from freshman Anna Ross - put Penn in front, 47-30 with 16:18 left.
When Brown got within 49-35, the Quakers answered with 10 of the next 13 points and took a commanding 59-38 lead with 10:52 to go.
The teams traded buckets throughout the remainder of the half. Penn's lead grew to 23, 72-49, when senior captain Katy Allen buried a three from in front of the Red and Blue bench with 4:24 to play.
Freshman Lauren Whitlatch and sophomore Brooklyn Juday capped the scoring for the Quakers as Penn improved to 10-1 in its last 11 Ivy League contests at The Palestra.
Inside the Numbers
Stipanovich finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, and also added three blocks. It marked her sixth double-double of the season and 16th of her career -- tied for ninth-most in a career in school history.
Nwokedi was one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points, nine rebounds and a game-high four blocks. She has 52 blocks this season and is just the third player in school history to surpass 50 in a season (Stipanovich and Katarina Poulsen have each done so twice).
Roche (14) and senior Kara Bonenberger (10) were also in double figures for the Red and Blue. Roche became the ninth player in school history with more than 50 threes in a season (51).
Ross tied a career high with eight assists for the second straight game, and contributed six points. Allen netted six points and pulled in four rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
The Quakers shot 46 percent (26-of-57) from the field and hit half their three-point attempts (7-of-14). Penn also outrebounded the Bears, 48-33, and held Brown to 23-of-66 (34.8%) shooting.
Its Senior Night for the Quakers on Saturday. The winningest class in school history -- seniors Katy Allen, Kara Bonenberger, Renee Busch and Kathleen Roche -- will be honored before the Red and Blue tip off against Yale at 7 p.m. The game and pregame ceremony can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN.tv).