PHILADELPHIA - Penn outscored Rider 37-18 in the first half and shot 51 percent from the floor as the Quakers defeated the Broncs, 66-38, Tuesday evening at The Palestra.
The win snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Quakers (2-10), which was its longest since the 1996-97 season when the team dropped 11 in a row.
"We're still not quite where we want to be, but we'll certainly take the win," said Penn head coach Patrick Knapp. "Ashley (Gray), Monica (Naltner)and Joey (Rhoads) all played well for us tonight. But, we still have a lot of work to do."
The Broncs (1-12) got on the board first with a three-pointer by Danielle Costantino, but Penn responded with a 14-0 run to give them a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Keying the run for the Quakers was junior Ashley Gray, who hit the offensive boards hard and had several put-back layups.
Penn took a 19-point advantage into the locker room at halftime after Joey Rhoadsnailed abuzzer-beating three-pointer. Theycame out even stronger in the second half, maintaining the double-digit lead for the remainder of the game by shooting 50 percent from the field while limiting Rider to just 29.2 percent.
Rhoads led the Quakers in scoring for the fifth time in the last sixth games with 19 points while adding five assists on the evening.She was also 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Gray notched her first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds (seven of them were offensive carems), while Monica Naltner chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds for Penn.
Rider, whichshot just 28.6 percent from the floor on the night, was paced by Costantino with 11 points and three rebounds. The Broncs' 38 points were the lowest by a Quaker opponent since beating UMBC 54-37 in the 2003-04 season opener.
The Quakers return to action this weekend for their first Ivy League road-trip of the season at Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 13, and then at Columbia on Sunday, Jan. 14. Both games are set to tip-off at 7 p.m.