LAIE, Hawaii – The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team opened its trip to Hawaii in style, defeating BYU-Hawaii by a score of 73-41 on Thursday night at the Cannon Activities Center. The Quakers have now won three games in a row, and improve to 8-2 on the season.
Inside the Numbers
As they have done all season long, the Quakers were stout defensively against the Seasiders. Penn shut down BYU-Hawaii’s offensive attack, limiting them to just 15 made field goals and a 25 percent (15-of-59) field-goal percentage. Offensively, Michelle Nwokedi led the way with 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Sydney Stipanovich was also impressive, notching 14 points.
Anna Ross and Kasey Chambers also assisted in the offense for the Quakers, combining for 19 points. In addition, Ross added four steals. Freshman Princess Aghayere also had four steals, to go along with a season-best 10 rebounds and six points.
How it Happened
The Quakers jumped all over BYU-Hawaii, as the Seasiders made just two of their first 22 shots from the field. Penn led 13-3 after one, with Nwokedi and Stipanovich combining for nine points in the opening frame.
Stipanovich and Nwokedi kept on rolling in the second quarter, totaling another 20 points as the Red and Blue snagged a 39-17 halftime lead.
Ross came alive in the second half, knocking down a pair of jumpers, along with a three ball to lead Penn to a 54-26 lead with 2:14 left in the third. Deja Jackson and Aghayere also got into the action late in third, with the Quakers taking a 57-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
Kristen Daley opened the fourth with a three-pointer, as the Quakers achieved a 60-30 edge. Brooklyn Juday, Jackie Falconer and Jameira Johnson also put in baskets in the final frame, as Penn cruised to the finish line.
The Quakers will wrap up their trip to the “Aloha State” with a contest against the University of Hawaii on Sunday morning. Penn and the Rainbow Warriors will tip off at 1 a.m. EST.
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