PHILADELPHIA--The Quakers dropped their final Big 5 match of the season to Saint Joseph's, 62-51, Wednesday at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in Philadelphia. Penn fell to 6-10 and ended its Philadelphia Big 5 slate 0-4. The Hawks improved to 11-8 and an undefeated 3-0 in the Big 5.
The Red and Blue found itself in a hole early with SJU jumping out to a22-10 lead at 10:41 in the first. The Quakers tightened the screws and kept the Hawks scoreless through the next five minutes. Unfortunately nothing was dropping for Penn who six buckets in that span.
Down 14 at the half, the Quakers got the lid off the basket with a three-pointer by Joey Rhoads. Though Penn had found some offense, the Hawks had not lost theirs and traded baskets with the Quakers to maintain a double-digitlead.
The Red and Blue sliced into that lead with three-pointers from Monica Naltner and Lauren Pears. Naltner led her team's scoring with 16 points in the game.
The Quakers crept within five points with just over five minutes left in regulation, but could not get closer as SJU stretched its lead to 11 before the buzzer sounded.
Sophomore Maggie Burgess blocked a career high three shots. Pears pulled down eight defensive boards and nine total in the game to lead the Quakers.
Ayahna Cornish led Saint Joseph's with 18 points followed by Whitney Ffrench with 17.
The Quakers wrapped up their non-conference schedule and dive back into the Ivy League hosting Brown and Yale at The Palestra, Feb. 2-3. The tip is set for 7 p.m. both nights.