CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The Penn women’s basketball team fell victim to a hot-shooting Harvard squad that pulled away in the second half to deal the Quakers a 77-58 loss on Friday evening at the Lavietes Pavilion.
The Quakers (4-19, 2-8 Ivy) never recuperated from a 12-4 early second half run by the Crimson (10-13, 6-4 Ivy), who scored 44 points while shooting 53.6 percent from the field in the second stanza.
In the first half, it was all Monica Naltner and Joey Rhoads for Penn, as the two scored all but four of the Quakers’ 28 points.
Penn jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first five minutes on the strength of two of Rhoads’ four first half three-pointers.
After another Rhoads trey gave the Quakers an 18-14 lead at the 11:10 mark, the Crimson went on a 16-4 run that gave them a 30-22 advantage. Baskets by Naltner and Brilynne Parrish, plus two foul shots by Rhoads with 4.7 seconds left made the score 33-28, Harvard, at the half.
But the Crimson quickly put the game out of reach in the second half, as their 12-4 run was keyed by a four-point play by Laura Robinson.
The Quakers would not come within 12 points of the lead for the rest of the contest.
Rhoads finished with a game-high 21 points while Naltner added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Quakers. Penn freshman Katarina Lackner notched a career-high 10 points to outscore her sister Christiana, a junior forward for Harvard, who had seven points for the Crimson.
The Quakers travel up to Hanover, N.H., on Saturday night to take on Dartmouth at 7 p.m.