PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women's basketball team downed Yale, 70-57, Saturday at The Palestra. The win gave the Quakers a weekend sweep in the Ivy League--their first sincelate February 2005--and set their record at 3-2, 8-10 overall. The Bulldogs fell to 10-10 on the season and 3-3 in the League.
The Quakers fought back from a six-point deficit early in the first and traded baskets with Yale until taking the lead for good at 3:23 in the first. Senior Lauren Pears gave the Quakers a sparkwith justmore than two minutes left in the half when she stole the ball at mid-court and raced in for a neat lay-up and a four-point lead. Pears scored 10 in the game and dished out five assists.
The Quakers made five of six free throws to close out the period and hold a three-point lead going into the locker room. The three quick fouls were an indication of things to come with a combined 53 fouls called in the game, Penn went to the line 29 times while Yale went 27. Five players--three Bulldogs, two Quakers--fouled outof the game.
In the second, Penn outscored the Elis 24-11 to take its largest lead of the game 57-41 at 9:56. The Bulldogs chipped away at their deficit and pulled within seven, but it was the fouls that did them in. Penn shot its last field goal at 6:28 and put up 11 points to match Yale's output and maintain a 13-point margin.
Senior Joey Rhoads was honored in a pregame ceremony for her 1,000 career points. She became the 17th Quaker to reach the mark on Jan. 6 against Princeton.After back-to-back 23-point performances, she stands as the eighth all-time scorer at Penn with 1,118 points.
Senior Monica Naltner was efficient with her shot hitting 5-of-8 from the field and scored 19 in the game.
Penn remained tough on the boards after a season-high 45 rebounds last night, it matched Yale's 37.
The Quaker defense also did a good job hindering the Elis' 6-3 center Erica Davis. Though the senior led her team with 21 points, she shot just 6-of-14 on the night. Sophomores Maggie Burgess and Carrie Biemer were strong inside against the center while Ashley Gray and Naltner also took turns thwarting Davis' attempts.
Penn heads out on the road to Dartmouth and Harvard, Feb. 9-10. The Quakers will play Friday in Hanover, N.H. at 7 p.m.and Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. at 6 p.m.