Women's Basketball Holds On at Brown, 83-75

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - There may have been a blizzard bustling outside, but inside, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team provided some hot shooting to outscore Brown and earn a fourth straight Ivy League road victory, 83-75, on Saturday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Penn has won five of its last six Ivy contests to improve to 14-7 on the year and 5-2 at the midway point of the Ivy schedule. The Quakers have won a school record five straight in Providence and are in the midst of their first six-game winning streak over Brown since 1978-83.

How it Happened
Brown plays at a torrid pace and the scoring came in bunches for both squads. Both teams shot better than 55 percent in the first half, five Penn players finished in double figures and the Quakers finished with their best shooting night in head coach Mike McLaughlin's six-year tenure.

The Bears led 10-6 in the first four minutes before Penn lit it up from beyond the arc.

The Quakers started 6-for-6 from three-point range. Brown led 15-14 when senior captains Katy Allen and Kathleen Roche each hit a pair of threes in a 17-4 run for the Quakers. Freshman Michelle Nwokedi, who finished three blocks shy of a triple-double for the second time in three games, capped that stretch with a three-point play and Penn led 30-19 midway through the half.

The Bears used a 10-3 run over the next four minutes to get within 33-29, but the Quakers extended their advantage to 44-36 at the break.

For the second straight night, on the road, the Quakers had a strong start to the second half. The Red and Blue scored on their first four trips down the floor and took a 53-41 lead.

Brown (9-13, 3-5 Ivy) answered with six in a row and was within six. It was 56-50 with 12:59 to play when the Quakers utilized a 12-4 run. Freshman Anna Ross went coast-to-cost and converted a three-point play, and on the next possession, following a block from Nwokedi, she found Allen for a fastbreak layup to cap the run and give Penn a 68-54 lead with 9:23 to go.

However, Brown's fast-paced offense scored 10 of the next 12 and Penn's advantage was just 70-64 with 4:48 to play.

It was a 76-69 lead before the Bears scored four of the next five points and were down just 77-73 with 1:19 left. But that was as close as they got. The Quakers allowed just one more basket and hit just enough of their free throws to hold on.

Inside the Numbers
Nwokedi earned her third double-double in four games with a team-high 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. She has scored in double figures in five straight games and six of the last seven.

Bonenberger posted her second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. She moved into 17th place on Penn's all-time scoring list (1,028).

Allen was outstanding for the Quakers off the bench as a leader on the defensive end and a season-high 15 points on offense. Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich added 13 points, six rebounds an three blocks, while Roche was 4-of-6 from three and finished with 16 points.

Freshman Beth Brzozowski played 14 minutes off the bench and led the Quakers with five assists. Ross had four and the Quakers finished with 19 as a team in comparison to just 13 turnovers.

The Quakers were 31-of-58 (53.4%) from the field. That included 7-of-12 (58.3%) from three-point range. Brown was 29-of-67 (43.3%) overall and 4-of-12 (33.3%) beyond the arc.

Up Next
Penn returns home for two straight weekends. The Quakers host Harvard on Feb. 20, and Dartmouth on Feb. 21 in the team’s annual Play 4Kay game (wear pink!). The following weekend, Brown (Feb. 27) and Yale (Feb. 28) visit The Palestra. The game against Yale will also mark Senior Day for four Penn seniors.


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