NEW YORK, N.Y.--The Quakers saw the Lions chip away at their lead, but held on to defeat Columbia, 74-71. Biemer led the team with 22 and was one rebound away from a double-double with nine.
Sarah Bucar scored a career-high 21 points and Kim Adams added 13 and was the team's second-leading rebounder with eight. Junior Anca Popovici had a solid night contributing eight points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Biemer and the Quakers came out strong with the junior scoring 15 points in the opening half. Popovici found a sweet spot in the left corner and hit 2-of-3 treys and helped Penn take a 32-25 advantage into the locker room.
The Quakers got into foul trouble early in the second half and subsequently gave up 18 points at the charity stripe, which is what gave the Lions an opening get back in the game.
The Penn defense kept Columbia on the perimeter, where seven of the team's eight shots in the first halfcame from. The more impressive stat, is that the Lions attempted 37 shots and 22 were from three. That continued in the second where Columbia put down 6-of-16 from three and 11-of-26 from the field.
Newcomer Jerin Smith once again provided a spark off the bench. She was 3-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line. Those points all came a a crucial time with free throws at 1:52 and two lay-ups in the last 30 seconds to push the Quaker lead to seven.
Columbia came within four, but Biemer sunk two free throws to seal the game despite the Lions' leading scorer Michele Gage buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Biemer marked a career high in rebounds with nine and was one away from her first career double-double. As a team the Red and Blue out-did the Lions 41-35 on the boards.
Bucar's 21 points were thanks in part to her hot 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc.
Penn will host Princeton in both teams last game of the season, Tuesday, at The Palestra. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.