PHILADELPHIAPenn was1:59 away from snapping a 12-game losing streak when they took a61-60 lead over Columbia on a Kim Adams layup. The Lions rolled out a 10-0 run to close the game, securing a 70-61 win in Ivy League action at The Palestra on Friday night.
The Quakers trailed 27-23 at the start of the second half and rallied back to take the lead, 37-36, off a Sarah Bucar layup with 14:54 to play. Neither team led by more than four points from that point on until a pair of Lauren Dwyer free throws with 45 seconds left gave the Lions a 66-61 lead.
Carrie Biemer was a major factor in the Quakers' second-half resurgence, scoring19 of her28 points in the secondframe. Her outputled all scorers in the game andtied her career high, set in the first game of this season.
She co-led the team's rebounding, as she and Kim Adams snagged eight boards apiece. After struggling for rebounds in their last outing, the Quakers outdid the Lions 39-33.
Kelly Scott played nearly the entire game and scored 11 points for Penn.
Danielle Browne was Columbia’s star of the game with 21 points, seven assists and four steals. Michele Gage joined her with 20 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Quakers not turn their attentions to Cornell and Saturday night’s game. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Saturday’s game against the Big Red will also mark Penn’s official celebration of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Think Pink" initiative to raise breast cancer awareness.