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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - With a decisive 54-40 win at LIU-Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team now boasts its first four-game winning streak since the 2004-05 season. Junior Alyssa Baron's game-high 17 points led an impressive effort by the Quakers on both sides of the floor.
Penn (4-3) held a double digit lead throughout much of the second half and completed a sweep of Brooklyn - the Quakers won at St. Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday with the largest comeback in Ivy League history (18 points). LIU-Brooklyn fell to 2-5 on the year.
The Red and Blue led the whole way and finished with nine threes - one off the season high set at St. Francis Brooklyn. Six of those came in the first half. Baron and sophmore Katy Allen set the tone with back-to-back threes at the start. Meanwhile, the Blackbirds missed nine of their first 10 shots and the Quakers jumped out to a 9-2 lead over the first eight minutes.
A few quick baskets from LIU cut the Penn lead to 12-10 at the midway point of the opening half, but the Quakers scored nine of the next 11 for a 21-12 edge at the 4:15 mark.
Just before the half, Baron hit a three and sophomore Kara Bonenberger converted a three-point play to send the Quakers into the visiting locker room with a 32-20 lead.
The Blackbirds came out firing in the second half with three quick three's. But Penn continued to answer at the offensive end with a pair of Bonenberger buckets and another three from Allen. LIU was never closer than seven, 36-29.
It was an eight-point game, 41-33, with 11:18 to play when the Quakers went on a quick 8-0 run behind a three-point play from Bonenberger and two baskets from Baron for a 16-point edge, 49-33.
The lead grew to 17, 51-34, before a 6-0 run from LIU made it an 11-point game with 5:25 to go. But that was the last field goal the Quakers would allow.
Penn was 20-of-59 (33.9%) from the field, while LIU-Brooklyn was 17-for-60 (28.3%). The Quakers were 6-for-11 (54.5%) from three in the first half and finished 9-for-27 (33.3%). Penn had 14 assists and just nine turnovers - tied for an all-time low under head coach Mike McLaughlin. LIU-Brooklyn had 13 assists and Penn forced 18 miscues.
Allen led the Quakers with seven rebounds in addition to nine points in 28 minutes. Bonenberger was in double figures with 12 points and added four rebounds, threee assists, three blocks and two steals. Baron and freshman Keiera Ray also had three assists apiece. Senior captain Brianna Bradford added two threes off the bench as well as three rebounds.
All four wins during this streak came in a 10-day span. Penn's last winning streak of this length came more than seven years ago when the Quakers put together seven straight wins.
Up next is an extended break for the Quakers. And it is a well-deserved rest after four games in 10 days. Penn next takes the floor on Friday, Dec. 21 against Drexel for the Battle for 33rd Street. The Quakers will walk to the visiting gym—the DAC is just a few blocks north of The Palestra. Tip is at 1 p.m.