DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Anna Ross poured in a career-high 25 points to lead the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team to a 67-60 win on the road over New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. The Quakers have now won three in a row, their lone defeat coming on opening night to ninth-ranked Duke.
How it Happened
The Quakers built up a 15-point halftime lead and held off a furious comeback from the Wildcats in the second half. Both teams started off slow in the first quarter, with Penn making just three of its first 11 shots from the field but still leading 16-11 at the end of the period.
The Quakers started to find more rhythm in the second, as Ross and Sydney Stipanovich combined to score 17 of the Quakers’ first 23 points. The duo then registered back-to-back buckets, as Penn stretched its lead to 34-19 at the break. The Red and Blue closed the first half on a 16-4 run.
New Hampshire fought back in the second half, scoring the first five points in the third. Ross would answer, however, with a three-ball to extend the lead back up to 13 with under six to go. Elizabeth Bellanger kept UNH in the game in the third, scoring 10 of her team-high 21 points in the frame. Ross would knock down another three-pointer to put Penn ahead 53-40 with 20 seconds left in the quarter.
Down by 11 to start the fourth, UNH stormed back and would eventually cut the deficit to 59-58 with 1:28 remaining in the game. Following a Bellanger jumper to bring UNH within one, Michelle Nwokedi answered with a lay-in to give the Quakers a three-point lead with under a minute to go.
On the Wildcats' next possession, senior Kasey Chambers came up with a clutch steal and Ross followed with a pair of free throws to begin to ice the game for the Quakers. Chambers would go on to make four free throws of her own in the final 22 seconds to seal the victory.
Inside the Numbers
Ross’ 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting not only signified a career-high, but it is the first time this season that she reached double figures. Stipanovich and Nwokedi were the next two highest scorers for the Quakers with 14 and 12 points, respectively -- while Chambers chipped in nine. Nwokedi also snagged a team-best nine boards.
The Quakers held UNH to just over 38 percent shooting (23-of-60) from the field, and three-of-eight from long range. Penn knocked down 12-of-17 free throws, including 8-of-11 in the fourth quarter.
The Quakers return home to The Palestra on Tuesday night to take on Colorado State. The game with the Rams is set for a 7 p.m. start, and will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
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