VILLANOVA, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night, falling to Villanova by a score of 66-46 at the Pavilion. The Quakers fall to 12-3 on the season, and wrap up Big-5 play with a record of 2-2.
Inside the Numbers
Sydney Stipanovich and Michelle Nwokedi provided the offensive punch for the Quakers, combining for 29 points and 15 rebounds. Stipanovich led the way with 18 and seven, while Nwokedi recorded 11 points and eight boards.
The Quakers tallied season lows in both steals (1) and blocks (1), and tied a season-worst with 18 made field goals.
How it Happened
Stipanovich and Nwokedi put on a clinic in the first quarter, combining for Penn’s first 17 points of the game. The duo made nine of their first 10 shots from the field, and the Quakers led 17-12 at the 3:02 mark. The Wildcats did their damage from the beyond the arc, notching all 12 points on three-pointers.
Beth Brzozowski became Penn’s first scorer not named Nwokedi or Stipanovich, knocking down a three-pointer with 44 seconds left in the first. Kasey Chambers capped off the quarter -- scoring a basket at the buzzer -- as Penn led 24-20 at the first break.
Villanova continued the hot three-point shooting in the second quarter, making four more from long range in the frame. Carolina Coyer knocked down a long ball to give the Wildcats their largest lead to that point, 40-31, with 1:18 remaining in the half. The Quakers missed their final eight shots of the second quarter, and the 40-31 deficit extended into halftime. Villanova finished 10-of-22 from long range in the first half, making just four two-pointers.
Villanova sustained the success from behind the arc in the second half, hitting six more three-pointers in the third quarter alone. The Quakers mustered just six points in the frame – their second-lowest single-quarter total of the season - and the Wildcats led 60-37 after three.
Penn had more success in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Wildcats by a tally of 9-6, but Villanova’s hot-shooting was too much to overcome. The Wildcats finished the game with 17 three-pointers on 41 attempts.
The Quakers will look to rebound this weekend, as they welcome Yale and Brown to The Palestra. Friday night’s game against the Bulldogs (7 p.m.) will be streamed live on ESPN3.
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