JERSEY CITY, N.J.--The Penn women's basketball team was done in by hot three-point shooting from the Lady Colonels including nine made by point guard Niki Avery. The Quakers were defeated 100-62 Sunday at the St. Peter's Holiday Tournament in Jersey City, N.J.
The Red and Blue (3-9) had not allowed an opponent to score 100 points since the 2000-01 season when Texas Tech nearly doubled them up with a 100-57 decision in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Penn scored the first points of the game off free throws, a trend that would continue as Eastern Kentucky (7-4) was called for 29 fouls in the game. Penn went to the line for 36 shots and scored 23. Half of Penn's points in the first half were scored from the charity stripe.
Foul trouble did not seem to deter the Lady Colonels any as they continued to run up the score in the second. While the Quakers struggled to make their shots and not turn over the ball, EKU led by25 with5:31 remaining and went on to outscore Penn 22-9 as the clock wound down.
It paid off for Avery whose nine treys came up just one short of tying the Ohio Valley Conference record.
She scored 33 points in the game and was named to the all-tournament team along with Penn's Caitlin Slover. Penn's sophomore guard was the team's leading rebounder in both games with nine in each. She scored 19 points on the weekend.
Sarah Bucar led the Quakers with 12 points and Kimberly Franklin also scored 10.
The Quakers head back to Philadelphia and will play their final Big 5 game of the season at La Salle, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.