ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team dropped its first Ivy League contest on Friday night, falling to Cornell by a score of 51-46 at Newman Arena. With the loss, the Quakers move to 9-1 in the Ivy League this season and 20-4 overall.
With a jumper in the final seconds of the opening quarter, junior forward Sydney Stipanovich became just the 21st player in program history to record more than 1,000 points in her career. In addition, Stipanovich eclipsed 700 rebounds on Friday night to become just the sixth Quaker with at least 1,000 career points and 700 boards.
Inside the Numbers
Stipanovich led the way, tying a game high with 16 points. She also hauled in a team-best eight rebounds. Anna Ross was the second Quaker to reach double figures with 12, while Michelle Nwokedi chipped in eight. Beth Brzozowski provided six points off the bench.
The Quakers tied a season low with 46 points, while making just 2-of-15 from beyond the arc.
How it Happened
Stipanovich provided the offense for Penn early on, scoring the first four points of the game and eight in opening quarter. After Penn jumped out to a 4-0 lead, Cornell rattled of a 9-0 stretch to take a five-point edge. From there it was back and forth in the opening quarter, with the Big Red taking a one-point lead after one (16-15).
Penn started a bit slower in the second, as a Nwokedi free throw was the Quakers’ only offense in the first four-plus minutes of the frame. Stipanovich halted the lull with a lay-in to tie the game at 18. Ross would again tie the score at 20, but a quick 7-1 run from Cornell vaulted the Big Red up for the remainder of the first half. After consecutive baskets from Brzozowski and Stipanovich cut the lead to two, Cornell put in a basket with five seconds left to take a 29-25 to halftime.
Cornell scored the first four points of the second, grabbing an eight-point lead at the 7:20 mark. That lead would stretch to a game-high nine points midway through the third quarter. The Quakers, however, would fight back. Ross and Brzozowski scored consecutive baskets to end a 9-4 spurt by the Big Red. Penn and Cornell traded mini runs to end the third, with the home team taking a 42-37 lead into the final quarter.
A drama-filled fourth saw the Quakers cut the Cornell lead to just one-score a total of five times, but unable to find a lead of their own. Ross cut the edge to just one on two occasions, putting in a layup at the 5:31 mark and then a three-ball with 2:24 remaining. After just their second made three of the game, the Quakers forced a turnover with 2:08 left -- down by one. Penn was unable to convert on its next possesion, missing two attempts from the field. Cornell upped the lead to three on the other end with 42 seconds left.
Trailing 49-46 with the clock ticking down, the Quakers again came away empty-handed and Cornell was able to ice the game on the free-throw stripe.
The Quakers will be back in action on Sunday, traveling to Columbia to take on the Lions at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the American Sports Network.
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