February Total: 2
Season Total: 27
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Alyssa Baron finished with a double-double and was just three assists shy of the first triple-double in program history, but a tough shooting night was too much to overcome for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team in a 72-60 loss to Yale at The Palestra Friday night.
Baron finished with 11 points and set career-highs with 13 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. The Quakers led by two at the half, but the Bulldogs used a 13-0 run near the start of the second half to pull ahead and kept Penn at bay the rest of the way.
Yale (12-7, 4-1 Ivy) made its first two shots and led 4-0, but the Penn defense didn't allow another point over the next six minutes. Meanwhile, senior Jess Knapp gave the Quakers their first lead when Baron found her open underneath the basket.
Yale briefly took the lead back, but freshman Renee Busch hit a three, Baron made a layup and Knapp buried a three. The 8-0 run gave the Quakers their largest lead, 14-7, with 9:45 left in the opening half.
The Bulldogs slowly crept back into the lead, 21-18, with 4:03 left in the half. But freshman Jackie Kates, who scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, immediately tied it with a corner three.
The teams shared baskets down the stretch, but sophomore Brianna Bradford's mid-range jumper helped the Quakers take a 27-25 lead into the half.
Freshman Katy Allen, who was also in double figures for the Red and Blue with 10, hit a three early in the second half to give Penn a 30-27 edge. But the Quakers went nearly six minutes before they scored again and Yale's 13-0 run put the Bulldogs up, 40-30.
The Quakers got the deficit to five, 44-39, with back-to-back buckets - a three from Allen and a Baron jumper - but Yale scored the next eight to go up 13 with nine minutes to play.
The Quakers didn't go away. They chipped Yale's lead down to six on several occasions - the last of which came with 1:04 remaining following another Kates three-pointer. But the Bulldogs kept Penn just out of reach down the stretch.
Yale shot better than 50 percent in the second half and finished 25-of-60 (41.7%) overall. Despite her best efforts all over the floor, Baron just could not get anything to fall. She was 3-for-22 from the field and the Quakers were just 21-of-68 (30.9%) as a team. Penn won the rebounding battle, 48-37.
Baron led the Quakers in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in a game-high 38 minutes. Off the bench, freshman Kara Bonenberger added eight points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Meghan McCullough added seven points on 3-of-4 shooting over 15 minutes. Kates finished with 10 and Knapp contributed seven points and six rebounds. Knapp is just eight points shy of 500 for her career.
Penn will have a shot to redeem itself on Saturday night. The Quakers are right back in action at The Palestra when they tip off with Brown at 7 p.m. The game also serves as the team's annual Play 4Kay game. Proceeds from that game go toward the fight against breast cancer.