PHILADELPHIA--Four Quakers scored in double digits to lead the women's basketball team to a 70-57 win over Loyola, Sunday at The Palestra. Penn snapped a three-game skid and improved to 2-3 while the Greyhounds fell to 2-3.
Carrie Biemer and Kimberly Franklin each scored 12 points to co-lead Penn's scorers. Katarina Lackner put up a career-high 11 points and Amy Donovan had her first double-digit game with 10 points.
In the first half, Loyola made the Quakers work for their shots and pulled away to a five-point lead early in the half. Penn got to the boards and took away Loyola's second chances. The Greyhounds scored just eight points on second chances in the game.
Biemer and Maggie Burgess co-led the all rebounders with seven each--a career high for Biemer. Sarah Bucar and Anca Popovici nabbed six each.
The Red and Blue sunksix unanswered points and outscored the Greyhounds 12-7 in the final 7:37 of the first to hold a six-point lead at the half.
In the second, Loyola's Candice Walker took the team on her back, scoring 14 of her 16 points in the final frame, but it was not enough to derail the Quakers. Penn improved its shooting from 38.2-percent in the first to 53.3-percent in the second and steadily built a its lead to double-digits.Popovici hit a jumper at 6:49 to give the Red and Blue its largest lead of the day--15 points.
The Greyhounds cut their deficit to nine points twice as the clock wound down, but the solid Quaker defense kept them at bay and held a 13-point lead when the buzzer sounded.
Penn is back in action Wednesday to host Rider at 7 p.m.