PHILADELPHIA - Playing at home for the first time in 2007-08, the Penn women's basketball team fell to Manhattan, 66-44. Penn (1-2) was led by junior Carrie Biemer and senior Kimberly Franklin, who poured in 11 points each.
The contest was close for much of the first half, as the two teams found themselves tied four times. Penn never led by more than two, however, as turnovers doomed their chances to go on a run. The Jaspers, who swiped seven steals in the first half and 14 overall, were able to gain control late in the half and push their lead at the intermission to six.
Despite 13 first-half turnovers, the Quakers went into the locker room feeling good about their chances to come back on Manhattan. Holding the Jaspers to 39 percent shooting in the period, the Quakers were able to hit on 54.5 percent of their shots. They also held a 15-14 rebounding edge.
The second half saw little improvement in the turnover column, however. The Jaspers took advantage of three earlytakeaways to run out to a ten point lead at 38-28 just over three minutes into the second half. After two free throws from sophomore Caitlin Slover and a jumper from Franklin cut the deficit to six, Manhattan ran away for good with a 13-0 run that extended their lead to 51-32.
For the final 12 minutes of the game, Penn could not creep closer than 17 points behind the Jaspers. Manhattan held the Quakers under 30 percent shooting in the half. They were led by Caitlin Flood, who knocked down 20 points, and Gabrielle Cottrell, who poured in 17.
Junior Maggie Burgess chipped in eight points and led the team with three assists. She also pulled down four boards in 17 minutes. Sophomores Slover and Amy Donovan each added four points, with Slover adding four rebounds before fouling out with 4:26 remaining in the contest.
The Quakers are next in action on Tuesday, when they open Big Five play with a match-up with Saint Joseph's at the Palesta. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.