Women's Basketball Downed by Brown in OT, 59-55

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PHILADELPHIA - A back-and-forth affair didn't end in regulation and didn't end in favor of the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team. In a game with eight lead changes and 10 ties, Brown finished on top, 59-55, Saturday night at The Palestra.

Penn's freshman made a huge impact down the stretch - led by freshman Katy Allen, whohad a career-high eight rebounds and matched a career best with12 points. She had the game-tying three with 2:10 left in regulation.

Moments later, withPenn down one,freshman Kara Bonenberger tied it again with a free throw with 15 seconds left.The Penn defense then forced a turnover and hada chance to win it at the buzzer, but sophomore Alyssa Baron's long floater was short and thegame wentinto overtime.

Bonenberger had the first points of the extra session, but Brown had the next seven. Freshman Jackie Kates' steal and layup closed the Penn deficit to 55-53 with 51 seconds left, but the Bears scored with 16 ticks remaining to go back up four.

Freshman Renee Busch hit two free throws and then caused a tie up on the ensuing inbounds with just three seconds to go. But Brown owned the possession arrow and sunk the game-winning free throws after the Quakers were forced to foul.

It was Penn's first loss in three overtime games this season.The Quakersfell to 8-11 overall and 1-4 in Ivy play. Brown improved to 12-8 and 3-3 against the Ivies.

Baron had the first five points for the Quakers. Heronly three of the gametiedit at the 16:05 mark of the opening half.

Brown opened up a 13-7 lead, but the Red and Blue responded with an 8-1 run. The Bears were held without a basket for 6:39 and Bonenberger gave Penn its first lead, 15-14, at the 8:15 mark.

Brown scored five quick points to pull ahead again, but sophomores Kristen Kody and Meghan McCullough each hit a three late in the half to help the Quakers draw even at intermission, 23-23.

Kody's free throw to open the second halfgave the Quakers another brief lead before Brown rattled off four in a row. But junior Brianna Bradford sunk a three from the wing to tie it again, 27-27 with 16:37 to play.

Soon after, McCulloughfound Baron on a fastbreak and the Quakers led again, 31-29. Allen scored the next three for Penn and the Quakers led, 34-31, with 11:36left.However, Brown scored nine of the next 11 for a four-point advantage, 40-36 at the 5:48 mark.

The Quakers were down, 44-41, when Allen hit the game-tying three. Brownconverted a layup on its next possession. Baron responded with two clutch free throws and then Brown took the lead one more time with another bucket, 48-46.Baron made another free throw and after a defensive stop,Bonenberger was fouled and tied the game.

Both teams finished under 30 percent shooting from the floor. The Quakers took a whopping 33 threes, but made only six (18.2%). Brown held the rebounding edge, 51-43, but Pennled the bench scoring, 23-2.

Baron led Penn with 16 points and added eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Bonenberger had a team-high nine rebounds to go along with nine points and two assists. Kody finished with six points and four boards for the Quakers.

Saturday's contest also served as the team's annual Play 4Kay game. Proceeds from the game went toward the fight against breast cancer.

Penn begins a four-game Ivy road swing next weekend. The Quakers visit Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday. Tip for both games is set for 7 p.m. The following weekend, the Red and Blue travel to Cornell (Feb. 17) and Columbia (Feb. 18).

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