HANOVER, N.H. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team improved to 5-0 in the Ivy League on Saturday night, defeating Dartmouth by a score of 56-41 at Leede Arena. The Quakers have now won four games in a row, and improve to 16-3 overall this season.
Inside the Numbers
Sophomore Lauren Whitlatch poured in a career-high 19 points, while Sydney Stipanovich (10 points) and Michelle Nwokedi (10 points) also reached double figures for the Quakers. In addition, Stipanovich grabbed 11 rebounds to record her eighth double-double of the season. Nwokedi was all over the floor – registering nine rebounds, four assists, and a career-high four steals. Kasey Chambers also notched a career-best four steals.
As a team, Penn outrebounded Dartmouth by a margin of 38-27. The Quakers made all eight of their free throws, and racked up 11 steals.
How it Happened?
The Big Green were sharp early on, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Beth Brzozowski provided a spark off the bench for Penn, hitting a three-pointer to put the Quakers on the scoreboard. Whitlatch followed with a nice move to the rim, before dishing out a perfect assist for a Nwokedi lay-in. The Big Green continued to make shots in the first quarter, however, and took a 13-9 lead at the break.
The Quakers came alive in the second quarter, beginning the frame on a 10-0 run. Back-to-back buckets from Stipanovich sparked the stretch, while consecutive three-balls from Anna Ross and Whitlatch capped it off. Penn grabbed a 19-13 edge with 6:58 remaining in the half. From there, however, the Quakers’ offense stalled. Penn missed its final 12 shots from the field, taking a 19-18 lead into the locker room.
Whitlatch and Nwokedi provided much of the offense to begin a back and forth third quarter. Whitlatch sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around a lay-in, while Nwokedi had six points in the first 6:01 of the frame. A pair of free throws from Nwokedi gave Penn a 33-26 edge with 3:59 left. Ashley Russell also made her presence felt in the third, knocking down a three-pointer to give Penn a 40-31 edge. The Quakers led by six after three quarters.
Whitlatch continued her hot shooting in the fourth, as Penn began to slowly pull away from Dartmouth. She knocked down her fourth three of the game to begin the half, while a Stipanovich jumper gave Penn a 45-34 lead. Stipanovich struck again after the final media timeout, lifting the Red and Blue to a 49-37 lead. Whitlatch achieved her career-high with the final three-pointer of the night, giving the Quakers a 54-41 lead with 1:26 remaining. Penn made the defensive stops from there – even braving a minor blackout – to finish off the Big Green.
All of the power inside of Leede Arena ceased with 30 seconds left in the contest, leaving Penn and Dartmouth to finish the game without a scoreboard and the emergency lights on.
Penn returns home next weekend to play host to Columbia and Cornell at The Palestra. The Quakers and Lions are set for a 7 p.m. tip on Friday evening.
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