PHILADELPHIA--Three Quakers scored in double-figures on Saturday night as Penn defeated Brown, 56-45, in a win that was a long time coming for Quaker fans.
The Red and Blue had not won at home since a 66-58 victory over Rider at The Palestra on November 28 - a span of seven games and 123 days.
The Quakers scored the first ten points of the game, taking a 10-0 lead on an Anca Popvici three-point play 3:20 into the game. The Bears rallied back to take their first lead of the game on a jumper by Annesley O'Neal with 7:46 to go in the first half. Her bucket gave Brown a 16-15 lead. She added another basket with 7:02 to go in the half to up Brown's lead to 18-15 - the three-point lead would be the largest they would have all game.
Trailing 21-19, Penn rattled of seven straight points over a span of 2:28 late in the first half to take a 26-21 lead. The Bears inched within one point at 27-26 off a Betsy Jacobson basket with 1:11 to go in the first, but a Jerin Smith free throw with .3 on the clock gave the Quakers a 28-26 lead at the half.
The Quakers never trailed in the second half, leading by as many as 14 points. After scoring the first two points of the second half to tie the game, Brown could only crawl within one point the rest of the way.
After an O'Neal three-pointer closed Penn's lead to 32-31, Penn answered with two three's of its own - one each from Sarah Bucar and Kelly Scott in a 25 second span to extend the lead to seven. Two points in the paint from Carrie Biemer with 2:42 to go in the game gave Penn its largest lead at 53-39.
Biemer led all scorers in the game with 16 points. She was 6-of-12 from the field, including two three-pointers. She alsoadded six rebounds. Scott contributed 13 points - also on 6-of-12 shooting - and Popovici scored ten points. Caitlin Slover led the Quakers in rebounding from the guard position, pulling down seven rebounds - five of which were offensive.
Bucar led the Red and Blue in assists with five. Penn was in a helpful mood on Saturday - the Quakers dished out 14 assists as a team on 19 field goals.
In contrast to most nights, it can be said that Penn won this game at the charity stripe. Penn got to the free-throw line 19 times to only three for Brown. The Quakers hit on 14 of their free throws while the Bears manages just one. This differential is huge when three-point scoring comes into play. Both teams were an identical 4-of-11 from beyond the arc.
The Quakers head to the Empire State for a pair of games next weeken. On Friday, Penn takes on Cornell at 7 p.m. and on Saturday the Quakers travel to New York City for a game with Columbia at 7 p.m.