NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sophomore Erin Power had a career-high with 12 points and junior Caitlin Slover added a career-best 10 rebounds as the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team held an early lead, but a strong start in the second half led Yale to a 61-51 win at the Lee Amphitheater Friday night.
The two teams continuously shared baskets at the start as there were six lead changes and two ties in the first six minutes of the game.
Yale (11-14, 4-7 Ivy) led 11-10 at the 14-minute mark, but Penn (6-18, 3-7 Ivy) went on a run with the game's next 10 points. When the second of senior Kelly Scott's back-to-back threes went threw the cylinder, the Bulldogs quickly called a timeout as Penn held a 20-11 advantage with 12:17 to go in the half.
Immediately outside of the timeout, Yale hit a pair of threes to close to within three. At that point, with the score at 20-17 and more than 11 minutes remaining, the two teams had already combined to match the halftime total from their last meeting, 19-18. So it was only a matter of time before the defenses took full force.
Over the next eight minutes, the Quakers managed only two Biemer free throws before sophomore Jerin Smith broke the drought with a baseline jumper with 3:40 to go in the half. On the other side of the ball, Penn kept the Bulldogs at bay, forcing Yale into 12 first half turnovers and at the end of the drought, Penn still led, 24-22.
Yale countered Smith's basket though, and took back the lead at 25-24 on the next possession. Yale scored once again the next time down the floor, but the Red and Blue held them without a point over the last 2:58. Three points by sophomore Erin Power over that span, ended the half in a 27-27 stalemate.
Yale scored 13 of the second half's first 17 points for a 40-31 lead six minutes in and Penn never fully recovered. Biemer, who finished with a game high 18 points, converted a three-point play to get within three, but Yale scored the next five in response for its largest lead of the game, 45-34.
Down 46-36 with 10 minutes to play, Biemer connected on another old fashioned three-point play and hit a layup a minute later to get the Quakers deficit to 46-41.
However, Slover's three-pointer from the top of the key was the only basket for Penn over the next six minutes. Yale extended its lead to 55-44 with just 2:32 left before Scott's driving layup broke the offensive dry spell. Despite forcing several turnovers with a full court press and holding the Bulldogs without a field goal for the final 5:45, Yale held on, going 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the waning minutes.
Junior Sarah Bucar, Power and Scott led the team with three assists each as the Quakers had 14 assists on their 19 baskets. Slover and Bucar combined for four of the team's five steals. Penn held Yale to 21-of-53 shooting (39.6 percent), but shot just 19-of-53 (36 percent) themselves.
Penn heads to Providence, R.I., Saturday night to take on Brown. Tip-off with the Bears, who fell to Princeton Friday night, is at 7 p.m.
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