PHILADELPHIA--The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team took on regional foe Delaware at The Palestra Wednesday night, losing 73-49. Penn’s record dropped to 2-2 while Delaware improved to 5-1.
Senior tri-captain Monica Naltner led all scorers with 25 points, setting her career game-high. She was 7-12 from the field and a nearly perfect 10-11 from the line.
Free throws played a roll in the game as the Blue Hens’ sharp-shooter Tyresa Smith was held to 3-11 from the field, but racked up 14 points off free throws. The Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week led Delaware’s offense followed by Chrissy Fisher with 15 points and Melissa Czorniewy with 11. Smith was closing in on a double-double with 9 boards in the game.
Defensively, the Quakers were unable to beat the Hens to the ball and were outrebounded 40-27. Naltner led Penn’s effort on the boards with seven rebounds.
The Hens also forced the Red and Blue into 25 turnovers and picked up 16 steals.
Down 34-18 at the half, Penn rallied in the second shooting 50-percent from the field. The Quakers scored nearly twice as many points in the second and kept the Hens closer with a 39-31 second-half score.
The Quakers wrap up their three-game homestand hosting Big 5 rival Villanova Sunday at The Palestra. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the game from home with live stats at PennAthletics.com.