PHILADELPHIA - TheUniversity of Pennsylvania women's basketball team could notfindits rhythm Friday night, and the Ivy League's top team took advantage, building a large lead early and staying in control as Dartmouth defeated the Quakers, 63-43, at The Palestra.
The Quakers (3-16, 1-5 Ivy) came out ice cold from the field in the first half,going scoreless in the first7:30 of the game. Dartmouth (15-4, 6-0 Ivy) capitalized on the poor shooting effort, and jumped out to a 23-4 lead with 7:52 remaining in the half.
Penn would never come closer than 10 points of the Big Green's lead for the remainder of the game, as Dartmouthconsistently hit shots and played solid defense, limiting the Quakers to a mere 22.6 percent from the floor in the second half and 24.6 percent for the game.
Senior Jennifer Fleischer was a bright spot for the Red and Blue on the night, as she was stellar defensively in the paint inblocking a season-high six shots (just one shy of her career high). Fleischer also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and had two steals.
Monica Naltner led Penn with nine points while Joey Rhoads added eight points, two assists and two steals in the losing effort.
For Dartmouth, Ashley Taylor played a strong all-around game, scoring 21 points (including 10-for-10 at the free-throw line) to complement seven rebounds and four blocks on the night. Sydney Scott added 11 points and Fatima Kamara scored 10 for the Big Green, while Ivy League-leading scorer Jeannie Cullen was held to just seven points but had a team-high four assists.
The Quakers return to action Saturday night, taking on Harvard at 7 p.m. at The Palestra.