Women's Basketball Defeats Harvard, 68-48

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Going on the road for the first time this Ivy season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team used an 18-1 run in the first half to fuel a 68-48 win at Harvard on Friday night. The Quakers improve to 15-3 on the season, and remain unbeaten in Ivy League play at 4-0.

Inside the Numbers
It was the guards who stole the show for the Quakers. Junior Kasey Chambers scored a team-high 16 points, while Anna Ross finished one assist shy of a double-double. The sophomore guard poured in 12 points, dished out a career-high nine assists, and hauled in seven rebounds.

Michelle Nwokedi (10 points) was the final Quaker to reach double figures, as Penn recorded 10 different scorers on the night. Lauren Whitlatch led the team with a career-high 11 rebounds.

The Quakers were once again superb defensively, holding their opponent to under 50 points for the third-straight game. In addition, they held the Crimson to 25 percent shooting (16-of-64) from the field and 4-of-29 (13.9 percent) from three-point range.

How it Happened
It was all Penn from the tip. Following an opening basket from Harvard, the Quakers rattled off an 18-1 run to build a 15-point lead early in the second quarter. Stipanovich began the onslaught with a put-back, while a three-pointer from Chambers put Penn up 9-2. The first quarter was capped off by a three-ball from Whitlatch to give the Quakers a 16-3 lead after one.

The Red and Blue allowed just 11 points in the first half, the lowest total against Penn this season. After the Crimson went on a mini 4-0 run, Nwokedi knocked down a jumper from the top of the key, while a three-pointer from Ashley Russell extended Penn’s edge up to 27-9.

The Quakers began the third quarter much like the first -- opening the second half with a 9-2 run -- and subsequently leading 40-13. A Ross three-pointer and a jumper from Chambers capped off the stretch. Penn stayed in control for much of the third quarter, with the lead never going under 19 points. A Brzozowski lay-in, followed by a pair of free throws from Chambers provided the Red and Blue a 50-27 lead at the end of the third.

The Quakers cruised to the finish line in the fourth, mostly thanks to the free-throw stripe. Penn made seven-of-eight from the charity line, with Brzozowski making all four of her attempts. Freshmen Deja Jackson and Kristen Daley also made their way into the box score in the fourth, each recording baskets.

Up Next
The Quakers continue North to Hanover for a matchup with Dartmouth tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

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Download: Harvard WBB Box.pdf