RIVERDALE, N.Y.--The Quaker women's basketball teamtook down the Manhattan Jaspers, 61-58, on the road Tuesday night in Riverdale, N.Y. With the win, Penn improved to 6-9whiletheJaspers fell to 4-13.
Both teams were sluggish out of the gates with long scoring droughts interrupted by the teams quickly trading baskets. Manhattan pulled away from a 12-12 tie with 9:27 remaining in the period to hold a five-point lead at the half.
In the second, the Jaspers stretched its lead to 11 points, but Penn drove on a 12-0 run to take a one-point lead keyed by four points from Ashley Gray. The home team came back to tie the game twice, but Penn stayed on track and steadily pulled away, thanks again to two big lay-ups and two free throws from Gray to go ahead by six.
Senior Joey Rhoads sunk two shots from the charity stripe in the final seconds to put the Quakers ahead by three.
Rhoads’ entered the game averaging 17.6 points per game, but scored just seven points on the night. It was only the third time this season that she was held to less than 10 points.
The Jaspers in-bounded the ball with five seconds remaining but did not get a shot off before the buzzer sounded on the Red and Blue’s second consecutive victory.
While the teams had equal turnovers (23), Penn made better use of its chances scoring 25 points on turnovers compared to Manhattan’s 19.
Seniors Monica Naltner, Gray and Lauren Pears led the Quakers in double-figure scoring with 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The win put Penn ahead of last season's win total (five) with 12 games left to play.
The Quakers continue their break from the Ivy League slate with their final Big 5 match-up of the season Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Saint Joseph’s. The game is set for 7 p.m.