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PHILADELPHIA - Against the two-time defending Ivy League champions, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season in an 83-48 defeat to Princeton at The Palestra Saturday night.
In the Ivy League opener, the Quakers (7-4, 0-1 Ivy League) lost for the first time in six games at home this season, while the Tigers (11-4, 1-0) improved to 28-1 in their last 29 Ivy contests.
The Quakers were shorthanded as senior captain Jess Knapp missed the game due to injury. Three freshmen and two sophomores started for the Red and Blue.
It was a defensive battle to start. The Quakers struggled on offense for the majority of the night, but the Tigers, who boast the highest scoring offense in the Ivy League, eventually started to roll.
Princeton scored six of the game's first seven points. But sophomore Alyssa Baron, who had all three of Penn's first half field goals, sunk a three to pull Penn within two at the 14:25 mark.
The Tigers then scored 14 straight points and after a layup from Baron, they scored 10 more consecutively for a 30-6 lead with 4:26 left in the opening half.
Penn was just 3-of-23 (13.0%) shooting in the first half and had nine turnovers, compared to Princeton's 16-of-38 shooting performance (42.1%) and three turnovers. The Tigers led 41-14 at intermission.
The Quakers shared baskets with Princeton throughout the second half. Baron added another 12 points in that half to finish with 23 for the game. Junior Katie Davis was the only other member of the Red and Blue with multiple field goals. Davis was 2-for-2 from the floor with four points in five minutes.
Nine different Penn players ended up in the scoring column. Freshman Kara Bonenberger was second among Quakers with six points, while freshman Katy Allen scored all five of her points from the charity stripe.
Freshman Jackie Kates and senior Jourdan Banks each had a team-high four rebounds. The Quakers were 13-of-50 (26.0%) from the floor for the game, including 2-of-14 (14.3%) from three. But were 20-of-25 (80.0%) from the free throw line.
Princeton was 31-of-70 (44.3%) from the field and 6-of-20 (30.0%) against Penn's three-point defense which ranked No. 5 nationally. The Tigers outrebounded the Quakers, 52-29, and had 22 assists to Penn's three.
The Quakers also hosted the annual alumni game prior the Ivy opener. Carrie Biemer, C'09, helped lead Blue over Red, 42-34.
Four more non-conference matchups remain for the Quakers and just one is at home. Penn hosts NJIT on Wednesday at 7 p.m. That’s followed by three road Big 5 matchups before the start of Ivy season.