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Honoring Cynthia Johnson-Crowley
PHILADELPHIA - There was a great showing for the Alumni festivities prior to the game, but the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team was unable to duplicate it as Yale snapped the Red and Blue's three-game winning streak, 66-53, Saturday night at The Palestra.
Penn, which lost its first Ivy home game of the season, fell to 10-13 on the year and 4-5 in Ivy play. The Bulldogs improved to 11-13 overall and 7-3 against the Ivy League.
Yale's defense tormented the Quakers from the start. Penn had seven turnovers and just one shot attempt through the first five minutes. Freshman Alyssa Baron had Penn's first basket off a fast break as she converted Meghan McCullough's steal into a three-point play. That pulled the Quakers within 9-5.
Following a lay-up from senior Jerin Smith, Yale led by four, 13-9, at the 13:00 mark. That's when the Bulldogs blew the game open. The Quakers managed only a coast-to-coast steal and lay-up from senior Erin Power over the next seven minutes. Yale turned that into a 13-2 run and built a 26-11 lead.
Penn scored six of the final eight points of the half to pull within 28-17 at intermission, but it remained the largest halftime deficit for the Quakers in more than two months.
Senior Jess Knapp had the first four points of the second half and the Quakers were within single digits again, 28-21. But that was as close as the Red and Blue would get. Yale poured in 13 of the game's next 15 points and led 43-23 with 10:30 remaining.
Yale's lead grew to as many as 27 on multiple occasions. The Quakers showed some life in the closing minutes. Sophomore Brianna Bradford and senior Erin Power had all of Penn's points in a 13-0 run to pull within 62-50 with just under three minutes left.
But Penn's late effort fell short as Yale, which shot better than 50 percent from the field in the game, held on to deliver Penn's first double-digit defeat since Jan. 8.
Bradford led the Quakers in scoring with 13 points in 14 minutes. Baron had nine points and Power finished with eight. McCullough led the Red and Blue with three assists and Knapp had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Earlier in the evening, the Quakers hosted their annual Alumni Game. About 20 of those that attended participated in the game as the Red defeated the Blue, 41-38. Former player and coach Amanda Kammes, C'05, hit a free throw with just six seconds remaining and Sarah Bucar, C'10, missed the game-tying three at the buzzer.
Also a part of the Alumni Day festivities, the Quakers honored former Penn standout Cynthia Johnson-Crowley, CW'52, for more than 50 years of dedication to the program. Crowley is a member of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame and amassed 12 letters as a standout for the women's basketball, golf and softball teams.
Penn hits the road for the final time next weekend. The Quakers travel through the Empire State, stopping in New York City on Friday to take on Columbia and then visiting Cornell's Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y., on Saturday. Both games tip at 7 p.m.