PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women's basketball team gave Harvard a run for its money in a 66-59 loss at The Palestra Friday night. The Quakers fell to 9-14 on the season and 4-6 in Ivy play. Harvard improved to 11-12 and 9-1 in the Ivy League and remain in first place.
The Quakers came out of the gates strong taking their first lead five minutes into the game. The lead changed eight times in the first half with the game tied four times. A jumper by the Crimson's Emma Moretzsohn sparked an 8-2 run to give Harvard a 36-29 lead to close out the half.
It was more of the same in the second half as Penn matched Harvard point for point, but could not overcome the Ivy League leader. A jumper by Joey Rhoads at 10:30 tied the game at 47 all. Harvard responded a minute later with a jumper of their own that gave the Crimson the lead for good.
Rhoads led all scorers with 19 points and four steals in the game followed by Monica Naltner with 18. Senior Lauren Pears came close to her second career double-double with nine points and nine boards. The nine rebounds ties her career best.
For Harvard, Katie Rollins led her team with 15 points and seven boards. Emily Tay was a force on defense with seven steals. She also scored 13 points while Lindsay Hallion had 14.
The Quakers return for the final home game of the 2006-07 season with the Ivy League's No. 2 team, Dartmouth. The Big Greenlost to Princeton, 61-56, Friday night in Princeton, N.J. Saturday's tip is set for 7 p.m. and will feature a pre-game ceremony to honor this season's seniors--Ashley Gray, Naltner, Pears and Rhoads.