PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Jerin Smith had a career-best 12 points on six-of-eight shooting and six rebounds in 18 minutes, but it was Seton Hall who pulled away late in the first half and came away with the 76-49 victory Monday night at The Palestra.
In the final non-conference game of the year, Penn fell to 3-12 on the year, while Seton Hall improved to 14-6.
Smith played the majority of her minutes in the second half, where she had eight of her team-high 12 points. No other Quaker was in double digits as senior Carrie Biemer was held under the 10-point mark for the first time in 27 games. The last team to hold her under that mark - Seton Hall. Biemer would finish with nine points.
The Quakers played close to their Big East opponents for much of the first half, shooting 50 percent (12-for-24) in the half. However, the Pirates were able to pull away for good in the second half as the Quakers went cold from beyond the arc (0-for-6) and were just over 30 percent from the floor.
Seton Hall did not trail in the game, jumping out to a 10-4 lead four minutes in. Penn stayed within striking distance and with the score 18-12, sophomore Erin Power hit a free throw in between layups from senior Katarina Lackner and freshman Tyler Cumbo to pull within one at the halfway mark of the half.
After scoring the next 10 points, the Pirates slowly built upon their lead heading into the half. The Quakers got the lead under double digits on several occasions, and were within six after senior Kelly Scott buried a three from the wing. Over the next 4:34 though, Seton Hall outscored Penn 13-6 and went into the half with a 42-35 advantage.
The Pirates came out strong in the second half and refused to let Penn back in the game. The Quakers got the lead down to 13 early in the half, but could not whittle the lead down any further. The Pirates used an 11-2 run to build a 60-38 lead and shared baskets with the Quakers the rest of the way.
Power had a career-best six points to go along with six rebounds. Junior Caitlin Slover joined Power and Smith with a team-high six boards. Slover also had a team-best four assists in a game in which the Quakers had 15 assists on 20 baskets. Power, Biemer and Scott each added three assists.
Up Next for the Quakers is the first Ivy League weekend of the season. Harvard visits Philadelphia on Friday and Dartmouth comes into The Palestra on Saturday. Tip-off for both games is 7 p.m.
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