Women's Basketball Dismantles Dartmouth, 44-31

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HANOVER, N.H. -It was atotal team effort for the second straight night for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team. This time it ended in victory. The Quakers won their first Ivy League game of the year in impressive fashion over defending champion Dartmouth, 44-31, at the Big Green's Leede Arena.

The Quakers (2-25, 1-12 Ivy) smothered the Big Green (11-16, 6-7 Ivy) throughout the night, holding them to 31 total points and just 13 points in the second half. It was the fewest points allowed by a Penn team since the Quakers held Temple to 29 on Jan. 17, 1995. It also marked Penn's first win at Dartmouth since Feb. 7, 2004.

Penn was equally good on offense, shooting 42.5 percent (17-for-40) for the game and matching a season high with six threes.By comparison, the Big Green made just 10 baskets all night, going 10-for-43 (23.3%). Dartmouth, which had 22 offensive rebounds in the last meeting between these teams, also lost the rebound advantage to Penn, 33-28.

Momentum certainly had carried over for the Quakers one night after nearly knocking off second-place Harvard in Cambridge. Penn jumped out to an early lead over the defending Ivy League champions. The Quakers scored first on a short jumper from senior Caitlin Slover and led for the remainder of the game.

The Quakers scored five consecutive points as senior Amy Donovan's lay-in gave Penn an 11-4 lead at the 13:52 mark. Dartmouth had just one field goal in the first 8:18 of the game, but was able to pull within 13-11 with a couple quick buckets near the midway point of the half. Penn's lead was then down to one, 16-15 with 6:10 to go before intermission.

Once again, though, the Quakers held Dartmouth's offense in check as the Big Green managed just one more basket for the remainder of the first half. Meanwhile, Penn got a corner jumper from sophomore Jourdan Banks and threes from Donovan and sophomore Jess Knapp that were just a minute apart. The short 8-3 run sent the Quakers into the locker room with a 24-18 advantage.

Penn had led at the half just three times all year, but led at that point twice in two days on what is historically the toughest road trip of the year.

The Red and Blue then struck the first blow of the second half. And it was a big one. The Quakers went on a 14-2 run in the first nine minutes. Dartmouth scored on its first possession of the half, but didn't dent the scoreboard for the next nine minutes. That gave Penn a 38-20 lead when Slover drained a three from the far corner with 11:20 to go.

The Big Green scored eight of the game's next 10 points to pull within 40-28. But senior Sarah Bucar made a three and Penn was back up 15 with 6:42 to go. Dartmouth managed just one field goal the rest of the way asthe Quakers coasted to victoryto the delight of a small, but boisterous Penn cheering section.

For the second straight night, both Knapp and Donovan had 12 points to lead the team. Slover was the third Quaker in double figures with 10 points. Donovan also added five rebounds and Penn's only two blocks, Knapp had four rebounds and a team-high two steals, and Slover grabbed two rebounds and dished two assists. Bucar and Banks each had a team-best six rebounds, while Bucar also led the team with four assists.

Penn has just one game remaining on its schedule. The three seniors in the Class of 2010 will put on the Red and Blue uniform for the final time Tuesday night at archrival Princeton. Tip off is at 5 p.m.