PHILADELPHIA - Penn took advantage of three double-digit scorers to defeat Rider, 66-58, at The Palestra on Wednesday. Carrie Biemer led the Red and Blue in scoring with 19 points. Kimberly Franklin added 15 and Sarah Bucar pitched in10 points.
The Quakers took advantage of consitent scoring, shooting 50-percent from the field, making 25 of 50 shots. For the third consecutive game, the Red and Blue played well on defense and kept their opponent's shooting under 40-percent. Rider took 12 more shots than Penn, but only hit 23 field goals, leaving them at 37-percent.
Bucar controlled the pace of play all night from the point guard spot, dishing seven assists while only turning the ball over once. Maggie Burgess led the Quakers with seven rebounds, follwed by Biemer with five boards and three women who each took down four rebounds.
For Rider, Shaunice Parker led her team in both scoring and rebounding. She tallied 16 points and grabbed nine boards. Two other Broncs got into double-digits--Janele Henderson had 15 points while Amanda Sepulveda tacked on 11, nine coming from three-point range.
The game was close throughout 15 lead changes and 10 ties. On of those ties was at 29-all when the teams broke at the half. After the break, Rider took a small lead early, but Penn was unfazed and diligently chipped away at the lead and gaineda seven-pointadvantage with eight minutes left to play. The Broncs hung around and built a three-point lead back with 5:33 left on the clock.
Penn's defense was air-tight while scoring eight pointsover the next five minutes. In that span, the Broncs missed three three-pointers, two field goals and turned the ball over three times.
In the final minutes, Penn came up with two big offensive plays to put the game away. Junior Anca Popovici slotted a brilliant backdoor pass to Amy Donovan to go ahead by five. Rider answered, but Biemer's three with 19 seconds to go sealed the deal.
Up next for the Quakers, a trip down the Main Line to Villanova on Saturday as part of a Penn/Villanova men's and women's double-header. The women tip at 1 p.m. The men are slated for 7 p.m.