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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A weekend filled with rescheduled games, changed venues, hotel floods and three feet of snow, ended with a decisive victory for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team. The Quakers posted the second-largest win at Brown in program history on a rare Sunday night Ivy League matchup, 65-48, at Pizzitola Sports Center.
Penn has now posted its first-ever three-game winning streak in Providence. The Quakers moved to 3-2 in Ivy play - all on the road. Penn also improved to 10-9 overall to post its third straight season with double-digit wins - the first such run since the 2004-05 team capped an eight-year string.
Four Quakers scored in double figures led by junior captain Alyssa Baron, who finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 19 points, three assists and a career-high five steals.
Penn trailed at the half in each of its first four Ivy games, but came out firing on Sunday night. Back-to-back buckets from Kara Bonenberger and a three-point play from Katy Allen gave the Quakers an early 7-0 lead. On Brown's first four possessions, Penn forced two turnovers and two air balls.
The Quakers kept their foot on the gas pedal with seven of the next nine points. During that stretch, Baron had a block, rebound, three-pointer, steal and fastbreak layup in succession, and after another Allen basket it was a 14-2 Penn lead at the 13:19 mark.
Brown chipped away and trailed by six before the Red and Blue went on an 10-0 run. Junior Courtney Wilson started it with a deep baseline jumper, then senior captain Brianna Bradford and Baron each hit a three. Baron finished it off with a steal and fastbreak layup for a 31-15 lead with 4:30 left until the half.
Brown scored seven of the last nine and trailed the Quakers, 33-22 at halftime. The Bears also scored six of the first nine points of the second half to close the Penn lead to 36-28 with 13:17 remaining.
But the Quakers buckled down on the road. Over the next three minutes, the Red and Blue went on a 12-0 run to go up by 20. Freshman Keiera Ray had six points during that stretch and Allen had a layup to finish the run for a 48-28 lead.
The Bears quickly answered back with seven straight points and with 5:49 to play, they cut the lead to 51-40.
Once again, Penn, which had faced a roller-coaster weekend filled with adversity, remained unfazed by the Bears momentum.
Penn scored the next 10 points to take away any doubt about the outcome. Baron's free throws gave Penn its largest lead of the game, 61-40, with 2:00 left.
Allen had a season-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Ray scored all 12 of her points in the second half on 8-of-8 shooting from the charity stripe. She also had six rebounds and two assists. Bonenberger was two rebounds shy of a double-double with 10 points.
Penn was 50 percent (14-of-28) from the floor in the first half and finished 23-of-51 (45.1%). Brown was at a 44 percent clip at the break, but Penn held the home team to 8-of-32 (25%) shooting over the final 20 minutes. Penn won the rebounding battle, 39-29, and forced 20 Brown turnovers. Also, for the second straight game, the Quakers were better than 80 percent from the free throw line at 15-of-18 (83.3%).
It was a tumultuous weekend for the Quakers. After their arrival in New Haven, Conn., a winter storm dropped three feet of snow and forced the game at Yale to be rescheduled on numerous occasions. The team hotel was nearly evacuated at 4 a.m. on the night before the game due to flooding, which was also a problem at Yale's home gym, Lee Amphitheater. An hour before tip-off, the court was deemed unplayable due to a leak in the roof and the game moved to the campus recreation center (Lanman Center). The Quakers then stayed in New Haven Saturday night and drove to Rhode Island on the day of the game at Brown.
After five road games, Penn finally hosts its first Ivy League games of the season against Harvard and Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Its the start of a four-game homestand as the Quakers are also home the following weekend against Cornell (Feb. 22) and Columbia (Feb. 23).