PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women's basketball team was out-gunned 65-40 by the Temple Owls, Thursday at the Liacouras Center. The Quakers fell to 3-7 on the season while the Owls improved to 7-6 and set a new Big 5 win streak with 16 games.
The Quakers trailed their Broad Street rival throughout the contest as the Red and Blue struggled to plug a number of holes. The team was hurt by the whistle, committing 23 fouls in the game, which Temple was able to turn those freebies into 17 points. The Quakers also turned the ball over without the whistle--23 times. Combine that with 31.4-percent shooting for Pennand a well-roundedTemple team and the picture becomes clearer.
The Quakers were effective in isolating Owls standout Lady Comfort who nabbed just six boards in the game, well under her team-leading 9.1 average. As a team, Penn was not far behind the Owls who out-rebounded the Red and Blue 38-35.
Comfortsunk 10 points as well, but it was point guard Ashley Morris that gave Penn the biggest headache. She put in 18 points off 6-of-11 shooting.
It is not to say there were not some fine performances from several of Penn's players. A numberstepped up at different moments to give their team a burst and continued to pursue the ball as the clock wore on and the lead widened. Sarah Bucar pocketed three steals while sophomore Amy Donovan had one and three offensive boards.
Carrie Biemer led the team's scoring with nine points in just 19 minutes played. Kimberly Franklin andBucar each added eight points. Franklin startedPenn's second-half scoring with a three-pointer and closed it out with a bucket-and-one. Bucar and Anca Popovici shared the rebounding lead with five a piece.
Freshman Kim Adams made her first appearance in a game since being sidelined with an injury earlier in the season. She grabbed a rebounded at tried four shots in the five minutes she logged.
The Quakers head to Jersey City, N.J. Dec. 29-30 to participate in St. Peter's Holiday Tournament. They will face the host Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and then in either the consolation or championship game Sunday against Eastern Kentucky or High Point.