PHILADELPHIA - Penn hosted Saint Joseph's at the Palestra on Tuesday night in the first Big 5 contest of the season for both teams. The Quakers went through a dry spell in the first half and could not recover, ultimately falling, 63-46. The Quakers dropped to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in the Big 5. SJU improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Big 5.
The game started well with the Quakers trading baskets with the Hawks. Katarina Lackner scored on a jumper at 13:04 to cut SJU's lead to four, but it was the last points the Red and Blue scored for nearly 10 minutes.
Penn had chances, but nothing would drop for the Quakers who went 0-for-12 in that span. Finally, Carrie Biemer put in a layup at 3:31, but the damage was done as Penn now trailed by 18.
Penn returned from the break energized and went on a 12-1 tear to start the half.After shooting just 25-percent in the first, theQuakersfocused inshot 52.2-percent in the second. Sophomore Amy Donovan went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the second and was 3-for-4 on the night from three.
Though temporarily subdued, SJU would not go away.Led by Dominque Bryant and the night's top scorer, Sarah Acker who registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, the Hawks managed to maintain a double-digit lead over the home team for the remainder of time.
Biemer led the Red and Blue in scoring with 11 points whileAnca Popovici added five assists. Caitlin Slover brought down five rebounds to lead the Quakers.
Penn will remain at homefor its next outing. The Quakers will host the Loyola Greyhounds at The Palestra at 1 p.m.