HANOVER, N.H.--The Penn women's basketball team showed up in Hanover with the same intensity as the night before, but watched its halftime lead slip away in the second, losing to Dartmouth, 63-58. The loss at Leede Arena set the Quakers' record at 4-15 and still searching for their first Ivy win at 0-3. The Big Green improved to 6-12 and 3-1 in the Ancient Eight.
The Red and Blue came into the game strong, adjusting to Dartmouth's style well and locking down on key shooter Koren Schram early. She entered the game averaging 11.3 points, but was held to just two in the first half.
Junior Carrie Biemer sunk 12 of her 14 points in the first half, including a three-pointer to tie the game--for the fifth time--late in the first frame. Newcomer Kim Adams hit another three and then converted her jumper-and-one for another three to go up two with 31 seconds left. Biemer dropped both her freebies to give the Quakers a four-point lead and good momentum heading into the break.
After the break, though Dartmouth charged forward, Penn was able to maintain its lead until 12:02 when Margaret Smith's free throws knotted the score at 40 all. Unfortunately for the Quakers, Dartmouth's surge coincided with a cold-shooting spell for the Red and Blue.
Fouls also plagued the Quakers whose defensefell victim to Dartmouth's strongpresence in the lane and ability to draw a foul. The Big Green pocketed 22 points from the line. The Quakers were only given eight shots, but did make them all.
The other sore spot was on the boards. An area that had been a strong suit for the Quakers inprevious games, the rebounding was lop-sided with Dartmouthoutdoing Penn 46-24.
In the end, Dartmouth was able to build a solid enough leadto keep the game just out of reach for Penn. With just undertwo minutes to play and down six,the Quakers had chances and scoredfive points, but were forced to foul to stop the clock. Already in foul trouble, the double bonus gave Dartmouth two shots each time and the shootersmade 4-of-6 to keep Penn at arm's length.
The Quakers open its home Ivy slate withColumbia and Cornell, Feb. 8-9. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Penn is recognizing breast cancer awareness all month by wearing pink warm-up shirts and Saturday's game vs. Cornell is a special "Think Pink" event in conjuntion with the WBCA's national "Think Pink" campaign. All proceeds from the game will be donated the the University of Pennsylvania Hospitals's Rena Rowan Breast Center. In addition, fans will receive pink pompoms at the door. Limited edition pink Penn women's basketball t-shirts are available to purchase by clicking here. A portion of each sale will also be donated.For more information on "Think Pink" click here.