Women's Basketball Falls Short at Saint Joseph's, 42-34

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PHILADELPHIA - A great defensive effort for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team just didn't have the offensive support it needed in a 42-34 defeat to Big 5 rival Saint Joseph's on Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena.

The Quakers looked as if they were on the brink of claiming just the second win in program history against the Hawks. But their seven-point second-half lead deteriorated and the Red and Blue dropped to 7-6 on the year and 0-2 in the Big 5. The Hawks improved to 11-5 overall and 2-0 in Big 5 play.

Trailing by four at the half, the Quakers came out energized. A layup from freshman Katy Allen and a pair of free throws from senior Jourdan Banks immediately tied the game at 19-19.

Down 23-21, Penn scored nine straight. Freshman Kara Bonenberger, who finished with her second career double-double, tied it on a layup and Allen hit a three from the corner to give the Quakers the lead. After buckets from sophomore Alyssa Baron and Bonenberger, the Quakers led 30-23 with 11:44 to go.

But the Hawks finally took control on their home floor. The Quakers made just two more field goals the rest of the way.

But the defense had Penn in the game in the final minute. Baron stopped an 11-0 run with a layup at the 3:39 mark to pull the Quakers within two, 34-32. And Allen's driving lay-in cut the deficit to 36-34 with 2:04 to play.

However, the Hawks scored scored the last six to salt away their seventh win in eight home games this season.

It was a great defensive effort from the start as both offenses were frustrated throughout. Penn's first basket didn't come until four minutes into the contest - a three from Baron. But due to Penn's effort on the defensive end, it gave the Quakers a one-point lead.

Saint Joseph's went on the first run of the game with eight of ten points to take a 14-7 lead at the 7:20 mark of the opening half.

That lead stretched to 19-11, but junior Brianna Bradford had the last four points of the half to bring the Quakers to within four at the break, 19-15.

Bonenberger's double-double came with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of the bench. Allen finished with a career-high nine points and six rebounds. Baron added eight rebounds and three assists to go along with seven points. Freshman Jackie Kates added three assists and two steals in 22 minutes.

The offensive numbers were not pretty for either team. The Quakers finished 13-of-50 (26.0%) and 2-for-10 (20.0%) from three. Saint Joseph's was 17-of-58 (29.3%) overall and 2-of-9 (22.2%) from three. The Hawks won the rebounding battle, 43-41. Penn had 17 turnovers and Saint Joseph's, who had just two in the second half, finished with 11.

Penn’s final two Big 5 games remain before Ivy weekends get underway. Both are on the road as the Quakers head to the Main Line to take on Villanova of the Big East Conference at The Pavilion on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Then the Red and Blue cap off the 2011-12 non-league slate with a trip to Temple’s McGonigle Hall Saturday at 3 p.m.

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