CINCINNATI, Ohio--The teams split at the half tied, 33 all but Penn's cold shooting in the second half gave Xavier the 72-51 win Tuesday night at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sophomore Carrie Biemer led the Quakers with career-high 16 points, shooting 4-for-5 from three-point range. Penn fell to 4-7 on the season while Xavier improved to 10-4.
Penn came into the game at full tilt shooting 46.7-percent off 14-of-30 from the field. The Quaker defense kept Xavier at bay and with six minutes remaining in the period the Red and Blue held a 10-point lead.
The Musketeers used five free throws to inch closer to Penn and knotted the score at 33-33 before heading into the locker rooms at the half.
After the break, Penn struggled to sink their shots making just 6-of-32 (18.8-percent) from the field. Biemer banked nine of her points in the second thanks to three from beyond the arc. The sophomore, who celebrated her 20th birthday Tuesday, was6-of-11 from the field.
Senior Joey Rhoads scored 12 points and remains in the hunt for her 1,000th career point, now just five short of the milestone. Cincinnati native, Monica Naltner rounded out Penn’s double-digit scorer with 10 points while pulling down seven boards.
Sophomore Maggie Burgess had a good night on the glass with five offensive and four defensive rebounds before fouling out of the game.
Penn’s foul count hurt as Xavier went to the line 28 times and tallied 24 points off those chances.
The Quakers return to The Palestra Saturday to open Ivy League play against Princeton in a primetime match-up slated for 7 p.m.