Women's Basketball Can't Slow Down Dartmouth

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PHILADELPHIA - A patient paced offense from the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team was not enough to slow down Dartmouth as the Big Green came away with a 56-39 win Saturday night at The Palestra.

Penn (3-14, 0-2 Ivy) made an effort to slow down the game, using most of the shot clock on many of their offensive possessions. It was just a six-point game at the half, but Dartmouth (8-9, 3-0 Ivy) pulled away in the final 20 minutes.

Sophomore Jerin Smith had another impressive effort off the bench. For the second time in less than a week, the Fort Worth, Texas, native scored in double figures. Her 13 points Saturday night eclipsed her career high of 12 set on Monday night against Seton Hall. Senior Kelly Scott also had 13 for the Quakers.

Dartmouth got off to a quick 5-0 lead in the opening minute. From there, the Quakers slowed down the Big Green, allowing just 16 points the rest of the half. Penn scored the next two buckets on back-to-back layups by Scott and senior Anca Popovici, and trailed 5-4 at the 16:26 mark.

Down 11-6 a few minutes later, Penn grabbed momentum. Scott's three-pointer was followed by a Caitlin Slover three-pointer that capped a 7-2 run and tied the game at 13-13 with 7:36 left in the half.

Each team found it difficult to find the bottom of the basket over the next several minutes. Popovici led Penn's defensive effort, forcing the Big Green into several turnovers, but Dartmouth eventually managed a 7-0 run for a 20-13 edge with just over two minutes left and took a 21-15 lead into the half.

The Big Green did its best to put the game out of reach with an early run to start the second half. They scored 12 of the first 14 points and led 33-17 just three minutes in. The large lead stuck for several minutes when the Quakers made a push. Down 39-23 with 11:28 to go, Smith connected on a three-point play, followed by a layup by sophomore Erin Power and another layup by Smith. The run pushed the deficit to just 39-30 with 9:11 left.

Dartmouth's Brittany Smith broke up the run with two of her game-high 28 points. The Quakers never got within 10 after that with their largest deficit coming at the final whistle.

Power and Popovici each had a team-high five rebounds. Saturday marked the sixth straight game in which Slover had at least four boards as she added five points. Power's five assists and two steals were also a team high. Penn's bench outscored the Big Green 13-2, but the Quakers shot just 14-of-43 (32.6%) from the floor.

The Quakers will have their first Ivy League road weekend of the season next week. They head to Columbia Friday and then play at Cornell Saturday. Tip-off for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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