PHILADELPHIA – All five starters reached double figures in scoring for the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team, powering the Quakers to a 65-50 win over Dartmouth.
With the win, the Quakers keep pace atop the Ivy League standings. Penn is 11-1 in Ancient Eight play, tied with Princeton for the League lead with two games remaining.
Overall, the victory was Penn’s 22nd of the season – tying the 2000-01 and 2013-14 squads for most wins in a single season.
Inside The Numbers…
Penn’s starting five accounted for all but two of the Red and Blue’s 65 points. Michelle Nwokedi led the way with 17 points, followed by Lauren Whitlach who had 14. Anna Ross contributed 12 points, while Kasey Chambers and Sydney Stipanovich each had 10.
Both Nwokedi (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Stipanovich (10 points, 10 rebounds) posted double-doubles. Each has consistently registered double-doubles during the season – for Stipanovich it was her 11th and Nwokedi her eighth. However, it was the first time the duo recorded the feat in the same game and the first time Penn had two players record double-doubles since Nwokedi and Kara Bonenberger did so against Brown on Valentine’s Day in 2015.
Nwokedi and Stipanovich also flirted with triple-doubles. Nwokedi had six blocks – giving her 74 for the season. Stipanovich dished out six assists – a new career high.
Success from the three-point line was a big difference in the game. Penn shot 8-for-16 (50%) from beyond the arc while the Big Green were 4-for-14 (28.6%)
How It Happened …
The first quarter was back-and-forth, neither team leading by more than four points. There were eight lead changes in the opening period, but a three-pointer from Casey Chambers with 0:48 left in the opening frame gave Penn a 20-18 lead – an advantage the Quakers would never relinquish.
The Chambers triple at the close of the first half sparked a 16-0 run for Penn which covered most of the second quarter. The Big Green got as cold as a Hanover winter to begin the second period, Penn’s defense stifling Dartmouth to the tune of ten consecutive missed shots. When Dartmouth finally connected in the second quarter, an Andi Norman layup with 2:36 left in the quarter cut Penn’s lead to 33-20. That score would briefly energize the Big Green, though, as Dartmouth was within single-digits at the break, 35-26.
Out of the break, the Quakers again went on a run – scoring 14 of the third quarter’s first 18 points to build a 49-30 lead. 19 points was as much as the Quakers would lead by, but the Big Green could never get closer than a 14-point deficit the rest of the way
The Quakers complete the home portion of the 2015-16 season on Saturday night, hosting Harvard for Senior Night at 7 p.m. Before the game, Penn will honor Brooklyn Juday and Keiera Ray – the two members of the Penn Women’s Basketball Class of 2016.
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