NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Paced by a career-high 25 points from junior point guard Kasey Chambers, the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team earned a 77-59 victory over Yale on Saturday night at the Lee Amphitheater. With the win, the Quakers secure their third-straight 20-win season and improve to 9-0 in the Ivy League.
Inside the Numbers
Chambers was nearly perfect offensively, making 9-of-11 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point land. She also made a pair of free throws, and dished out four assists.
Although Chambers was the star, the Quakers also put together four players in double figures for the first time during conference play. Beth Brzozowski (15), Lauren Whitlatch (13), and Michelle Nwokedi were all key contributors offensively, while Sydney Stipanovich grabbed a team-high 10 boards.
The Quakers shot a season-high 54.7 percent (29-of-53) from the field, and made a season-best 11 three-pointers. Defensively, the Quakers piled up eight steals and forced 13 turnovers.
How it Happened
If you blinked, you may have missed it in a fast-paced, high-scoring first half – especially for Penn. Nwokedi set the tone early by making a three-pointer just 14 seconds into the game.
The Quakers stayed hot from there, making eight of their first nine shots from the floor, including their first five three-pointers. Chambers was especially sharp, hitting back-to-back three pointers to give Penn a 21-13 lead. Brzozowski went on a personal 6-0 run to end the first quarter, lifting the Quakers to a 13-point edge.
The Quakers’ shooting touch continued into the second quarter, especially from beyond the three-point line. Three-consecutive long balls from Chambers, Whitlatch and Brzozowski yielded a 49-25 lead for Penn. The Quakers made 10 three-pointers in the first half alone.
The Red and Blue kept it rolling out of the locker room, beginning the second half on an 8-2 run. A Whitlatch jumper helped Penn to its largest lead at 60-26 early in the third quarter. A jumper from Chambers capped off the stretch, while a bucket from Brzozowski gave Penn a 67-35 edge with under a minute left in the third.
Ashley Russell made sure there was no letdown in the fourth, as she knocked down Penn’s final three-pointer just 56 seconds into the frame. Chambers put the exclamation point on her night with a steal, followed by a lay-in to put Penn up 76-50.
The Quakers continue their current road trip by traveling to Cornell next Friday at 7 p.m.
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