NEW HAVEN, Conn.--The Quakers women’s basketball team held on to a 57-55 win over Yale Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn. The win gave Penn a season sweep of the Bulldogs and improved the Quakers’ record to 11-14 and an even 6-6 in Ivy League action. The Elis continued their now five-game losing skid and fell to 11-16 on the season and 4-9 in the League.
From the start of the game Penn was firing on all cylinders and steadily built a double-digit lead over the Bulldogs with strong play in the paint and 65.2-percent shooting in the first. Sophomores Carrie Biemer and Maggie Burgess were strong in the post and combined for 10 points in the half.
Seniors Joey Rhoads and Lauren Pears put up 11 and six points, respectively, in the first while Rhoads nabbed two steals to keep the Bulldogs on the run and stretch Penn’s lead to 19 points--its largest of the night.
Also cramping Yale’s style was the Quakers’ stingy defense that out-rebounded their opponent 17-6 to hold a 38-22 lead heading into before the break.
Yale tore out of the locker room in the second and kept the Quakers quiet until Biemer stepped in for a big three-pointer at 16:28. The teams traded points for the next 10 minutes though Yale slowly made its move and cut its deficit to single digits (8) with 4:39 left to play.
Also making a difference and providing a spark off the bench were senior Ashley Gray and newcomer Caitlin Slover. The rookie scored a career-high six points in the game.
The Bulldogs’ Erica Davis and Chinenye Okafor kept their team in the game, almost single handedly combining for 23 of the team’s 33 points in the half. Down four, Okafor hit two big free throws with just 39 seconds left to play to pull dangerously close to the Quakers.
When Penn was called for an offensive foul, the Yale had one last chance with the ball, but Okafor’s layup missed and landed in the hands of Penn’s Burgess who held on for the win.
The Quakers were led by Biemer with 12 points in the game followed by Rhoads with 11 while Pears led the team’s defense with eight boards.
Penn travels to Providence, R.I. next to take on Brown and look for not only their second Ivy weekend sweep of the season, but a season sweep of the Bears. Penn downed Brown at The Palestra, 66-57, earlier this season. Friday night, Brown dropped a close 55-49 decision to Princeton.