NEW YORK CITY--The Quaker women's basketball team was hampered by turnovers, ice-cold shooting from three-point range and a fiesty Columbia team in a 65-46 loss in New York, Friday night. Penn fell to 8-13 and 3-5 in the Ivy League while Columbia climbed to 6-17 (2-7 Ivy).
Columbia claimed its first win over the Quakers since 2004 and just its 13th win in the series.
Penn started strong, taking a five-point lead within the first five minutes of the game. The home team tied the score twice before taking the lead for good with a jumper from Chelsea Frazier at 8:02 in the first half. The teams split to the locker rooms with the Lions leading 35-26.
Senior Monica Naltner started the Quaker scoring in the second half with a lay-up at the 16-minute mark.However, it came after seven points by the Lions.
Pennhovered near a 10-point deficit before Columbia pulled away with six steals and four three-pointers in the second half to extend its lead to 19 points.
A jumper from junior Kimberly Franklin and a foul shot made by Caitlin Slover cut it to 16 before the end of regulation.
The Quakers high scoring from the earlier season meeting with Columbia (80 points) and last weekend's 74-point effort at Harvard seemed absent as the team made just one of 12 attempts from beyond the arc (8.3-percent) and 53.8-percent from the free throw line (7-of-13).
Meanwhile, the Lions went to the line for 17 points in the game thanks to 19 Penn fouls.
Naltner led the Quakers with 11 points while she shared the rebounding duties with Maggie Burgess. They both took down seven boards on the night. Burgess alsoscored 10 points. It was the second time the sophomore scored in double figures this season and was one shy of her career-high 11 points.
Senior Megan Griffith led Columbia with 16 points in the game--just five shy of 1,000 career points with the Lions. Brittney Carfora scored 14 aided by six buckets from the charity stripe.
Penn finishes its tour of New York state with a game at Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday night. The tip is set for 7 p.m. Cornell defeated Princeton 69-66 Friday night.