LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Penn women’s basketball defeated Rider, 77-65, Sunday afternoon in Lawrenceville, N.J. Led by seniorguard Joey Rhoads with 25 points (two shy of her career high), Penneclipsed last season’s game high-score of 76. Senior tri-captain Monica Naltner registered her second career double-doublebehind 17 points and 16 rebounds.
The Quakers improved to 2-0, the best start for Penn since head coach Patrick Knapp’s first season (2004-05). Rider’s record slipped to 0-3.
The Red and Blue started the game with a 10-2 run keyed by Naltner and Lauren Pears. The Broncs chipped away at the Quakers’ lead, and with 8:36 remaining in the half took a one-point lead. They extended it to four before seven free throws helped put Penn ahead by five going into the locker room.
Early in the second half, Pears found herself in foul trouble after taking two quick penalties to add to one from the first half. Undaunted, the Quakers went on a 17-6 run to take a 20-point lead, their largest of the game. Sophomore Kelly Scott contributed five points in the run and totaled nine off the bench for Penn.
Second-chance points were big for Penn, with 17 coming from the team's 28 offensive boards. The Quakers outrebounded Rider 41-35 in the game.
The Red and Blue shot 56.7 percent in the second half and 49.2 percent in the game. Defensively, Penn held Rider to 38.5 percent from the field. The Broncs were also hurt by cold shooting from the charity stripe -- they were 9-of-18 (50 percent).
Penn opens its home slate Tuesday night against Big 5 rival La Salle (3-0) at The Palestra. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.; the game is the first of a doubleheader and will be followed by the Penn men against Drexel at approximately 8 p.m.