PHILADELPHIA -For the first time since 2001, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team has started 7-0 in the Ivy League after a 65-50 win over Cornell on Saturday night.
Sydney Stipanovich starred once again for the Quakers, finishing the night with another double-double, scoring a game-high 21 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and a pair of steals. Anna Ross wasn't far behind with a 15-point night, chipping in three assists as well.
Penn got off to a fast start, taking a ten-point lead in the first. Leading the charge was Stipanovich, who had 10 points, a pair of rebounds, and two blocks after one. Anna Ross also enjoyed the first 10 minutes, scoring six points and dishing out all three of her assists.
The Quakers continued to lay it on in the second quarter, leading 43-27 at the break. Michelle Nwokedi sent Penn into the locker room with a lay-up through contact with two seconds left. Penn shot over 61 percent from the field in the first half, including 5-9 from beyond the arch.
The lead continued to grow in the third with Ross making it a 20-point lead for the first time with two free throws in the final minute of the quarter.
Penn closed the Big Red out in the fourth with a steady performance, allowing the Red and Blue to walk away with a comfortable 65-50 win.
The Quakers turned the ball over just five times on Saturday, while collecting 11 steals, and blocking seven shots.
Next weekend, Penn will begin its first of four straight road contests with a Friday night matchup with Brown, before making the trip to Yale on Saturday. Both games will be at 7 p.m.