Women's Basketball Drops Home Opener, 56-51

PHILADELPHIA -- It was a tough loss for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team, who opened the 2013-14 season today in The Palestra against St. Francis Brooklyn. In the final minutes of the game, the Quakers came up short to the Terriers, 56-51.

After exchanging leads for the first few minutes, the Quakers seemed to be in trouble late in the first half. Trailing 23-15 with 4:31 remaining, the Red and Blue began a frantic comeback effort to close the gap to one. Two free throws from senior Alyssa Baron capped an 11-0 run to give Penn their first lead since the 14:44 mark.

The Quakers headed to the break leading, 26-25.

A plethora of scorers helped Penn out of the gate in the second half, expanding the lead to a game-high six points, before the back-and-forth battle began.

The lead switched hands several times before the Terriers finally began to pull away in the game’s final moments. A 6-0 run from the 3:41 mark to the 43-second mark would be all St. Francis needed to close out the Quakers, sealing a 56-51 victory.

Penn was 20-of-57 (35.1%) from the floor, while St. Francis Brooklyn was 19-of-51 (37.3%). The difference was from beyond the arc as the Quakers made just two of 21 attempts (9.5%) and the Terriers were 5-of-16 (31.3%). Penn did have 16 assists on their 20 field goals and forced 17 turnovers, but was outrebounded, 38-33.

Freshman Sydney Stipanovich,and junior Katy Allen combined to shoot 10-for-14 from the floor, as Allen also tallied 12 points. Junior Kara Bonenberger led all Quakers with nine rebounds, while senior Meghan McCullough dished out five helpers in her first action in nearly a year.

Penn now has a two-week break before they welcome one of the nation’s premier teams to The Palestra, Notre Dame will visit the Cathedral of College Basketball for the first time on Nov. 23, Penn is 0-3 all-time against the Fighting Irish and all three were played in South Bend. Tip off with the ACC foe is set for 3 p.m.

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