NEW YORK CITY - The University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team bounced back from its first Ivy League loss on Friday night with a convincing, 60-42 win at Columbia Sunday afternoon. With the win, Penn moved back into a first-place tie in the Ivy League standings with Princeton, both at 10-1. The Quakers are also 21-4 overall this season.
Inside the Numbers
Penn put four players in double figures in the scoring category, and showed nice balance on the offensive end. Kasey Chambers and Sydney Stipanovich scored 13 points each -- for Stipanovich, 10 came in the first half -- while Michelle Nwokedi had 12 and Lauren Whitlatch added 11. Both Chambers and Whitlatch knocked down three three-pointers on the day. Stipanovich and Nwokedi had eight rebounds each, while Anna Ross had seven boards. Chambers dished off seven assists, while Ross had four and Whitlatch had three.
Penn forced 18 Columbia turnovers while committing just nine.
How it Happened
After a fairly even first quarter, which ended with Penn on top just 15-13, the Quakers were able to put some distance between themselves and the Lions in the second quarter. Whitlatch started things with a three-pointer, and then Nwokedi hit a pair of free throws that made the score 20-13.
Columbia got back within four points, at 21-17, but Penn scored 13 of the last 16 points in the period to go into the locker room up 34-20. Stipanovich had six points in the run, while Nwokedi had four, and Chambers punctuated it with a three-pointer.
Columbia opened up the scoring in the third quarter, but Penn reeled off the next seven points to make the score 41-22. The knockout punch came shortly after that, when the Quakers responded to a four-point Lions run with nine-straight points and a 50-26 lead. Overall, the run was 29-9 bridging the half.
The closest that Columbia got in the fourth quarter was 17 points, at 50-33. That was answered by an old-fashioned hoop-and-harm three-pointer by Ross and a long-range trey from Whitlatch.
The Quakers are home next weekend, hosting Dartmouth on Friday night and third-place Harvard on Saturday night. Saturday also will be Senior Night, as Penn honors Brooklyn Juday and Keiera Ray on the occasion of their final home game. Both of next weekend’s game tip off at 7 p.m.