EASTON, Pa.- In a game where no team led by more than five in the second half, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team missed a go-ahead basket with five seconds left, and then missed a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer in a 60-57 loss to Lafayette at Kirby Sports Center on Tuesday night.
How it Happened
Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich gave the Quakers a 10-9 advantage, but Lafayette scored six straight and 10 of the next 12 to take a 19-12 lead midway through the opening half.
That deficit hovered around seven for the next six minutes until Penn (3-2) briefly regained the lead with a 7-0 run. Senior captain Katy Allen hit a layup, Senior captain Renee Busch connected on her third three of the half and freshman Michelle Nwokedi put Penn up, 31-30, with a putback at the 2:32 mark.
Lafayette (4-2) hit a three on the next possession though and took a 34-33 lead into the break.
Penn jumped ahead early when Stipanovich gave the Quakers a one-point edge in the opening minutes. Senior captain Kathleen Roche extended that to a four-point advantage, 44-40, with a three at the 14:49 mark. Then at the midpoint of the half, a three-point play from Stipanovich gave the Red and Blue a 47-42 lead -- the largest margin for either team over the last 24 minutes of the game.
The Leopards responded with an 8-0 run to go back on top. They led 53-50 before Roche tied the game with another three with 4:56 to go. Once again, Lafayette fed the ball to Emily Homan, who added three more of her game-high 29 points to put the hosts in front, 56-53 with 3:50 left.
Roche hit a pair of free throws to close the gap to one and then gave the Quakers the lead, 57-56, with a fastbreak layup with 2:19 to go.
Both teams went scoreless on the next few possession until a loose ball fell into the hands of a wide open Jamie O'Hare, who buried a go-ahead, mid-range jumper with 25 seconds remaining.
Freshman Anna Ross drove to the basket on Penn's ensuing possession, but her contested shot rolled off the rim. Lafayette hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left to go up three, and freshman Beth Brzozowski took the inbounds the length of the floor, created some space and got a good look at the tying three, but it was just short.
Inside the Numbers
Both teams shot over 40 percent in the first half. The Quakers finished the game 23-of-60 (38.3%) from the field and 5-of-13 (38.5%) from three, while Lafayette was 26-of-63 (41.3%) overall and 3-of-13 (23.1%) from beyond the arc. Penn outrebounded the Leopards, 43-36. The Quakers had previously won 30 of their last 31 games when outrebounding their opponent.
Homan's 29 points equaled La Salle's entire team against Penn just two weeks ago. Stipanovich led Penn with 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Roche was also in double figures with 10 points and added three boards. Busch finished with nine points and four rebounds off the bench.
The Quakers look to match the longest home winning streak in school history. The Red and Blue have won nine straight at The Palestra and will look to equal the 2000-01 Ivy League championship team's program record on Friday at 7 p.m. against Hampton.