February Total: 13
Season Total: 38
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Alyssa Baron had a game-high 20 points, freshman Kara Bonenberger was one block away from tying the single-game school record and senior Jess Knapp had a double-double with a season-high 11 points. All that and a 20-2 run helped the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team cruise to a 63-49 win over Dartmouth in front of 1,219 fans at The Palestra on Friday night.
For the second straight contest, the Quakers, who matched their win total from a year ago, put the game way with a decisive run that spanned the two halves. During that stretch, Penn held Dartmouth without a basket for more than nine minutes and the Big Green managed just one field goal over a span of 13:07.
That defensive effort launched a 20-2 Penn run and gave the Quakers their third Ivy win in the last four games. Penn (11-13, 4-6 Ivy) has now won three straight over Dartmouth (4-20, 2-8 Ivy) for the first time since the 2003-04 seasons.
Bonenberger's six blocks placed her in a tie for third in the single-game school record book. It marked the most blocks for a Quaker since Jennifer Fleischer had the same amount against Dartmouth on Feb. 10, 2006.
It was a game of small runs in the first half. Dartmouth had the first four, but Penn had the next five. Both teams traded a pair of threes before the Quakers scored eight straight - sophomore Meghan McCullough started the run with a three and freshman Renee Busch capped it with another for a 16-10 lead at the 11:43 mark.
Dartmouth had the next five. But Busch had a layup, Knapp converted a three-point play and McCullough drained her second three. The 8-0 stretch gave the Quakers a 24-15 advantage with 7:15 left until the half.
The Big Green quickly closed the gap to 24-20, but the Red and Blue put the game away with the next run. Penn scored the last seven of the first half and led 31-20 at the break.
The Quakers then scored the first eight points of the second half behind four different scorers - Bonenberger, Knapp, Baron and freshman Jackie Kates. In all, the Quakers scored 13 of the first 15 points of the half to complete a 20-2 run and held 44-22 lead with 14:20 to play.
The advantage grew to as many as 25, 54-29, when Busch hit a three with 11:07 left.
It was a 23-point game, 63-40, after sophomore Courtney Wilson's lay-in. Dartmouth then scored the last nine points of the game for the final margin.
Knapp notched her fifth career double-double with 10 rebounds and also added her 95th career block - she is fourth all-time at Penn in that category. Baron finished one rebound shy of a double-double and had a team-high four assists. Bonenberger also finished with six points, six rebounds and three assists.
Off the bench, McCullough finished with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes. Busch had eight points and a team-high four steals.
Penn had an assist on 20 of their 25 baskets with eight different Quakers denting the assist column.
For the game, Penn held the Big Green to 15-of-57 (26.3%) shooting, including just 3-for-12 (25.0%) from three-point range. The Quakers were 25-of-60 (41.7%) overall and 7-of-13 (53.8%) from three. The Red and Blue held the rebounding advantage at 42-39.
The Quakers had defeated Columbia in their last outing with a 21-0 run that spanned the two halves.
Senior Night and Harvard await the Quakers on Saturday. It will mark the final two games at The Palestra in the careers of four-year seniors Jess Knapp and Jourdan Banks. Tip off is at 7 p.m. with Senior Night ceremonies set to begin a few minutes prior.