PHILADELPHIA - Despite a second-straight strong effort at The Palestra, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team let Brown slip away late Saturday night in a 61-47 loss to the Bears.
With the win, Brown improved to 5-13 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League, while the Quakers fell to 1-16 overall and 0-3 in league play. It marked the second night in a row in which the Quakers were in the game in the closing minutes, but couldn't pull out the win.
Brown scored first and never trailed. The Quakers tied the game on the ensuing possession with a lay up from sophomore Jess Knapp, but the Bears scored the next five.
When sophomore Sara Ely hit a three six minutes into the game, Penn found themselves down just 8-6, but Brown held the Red and Blue without a basket until sophomore Jourdan Banks hit back-to-back baskets to close the deficit to 15-11 with seven minutes left before intermission.
Brown scored next to extend its lead to six, but senior Amy Donovan hit a three from the top of the key to close to within 17-14 with 3:34 left in the half.
Brown responded with a 7-0 run before junior Kim Adams hit a pair of jumpers to send Penn to the half down just 24-18.
A minute into the first half, Adams struck yet again, swishing a three to make it a three-point game. When Brown rattled off five in a row to go up 29-21 with 17:58 remaining, senior Caitlin Slover came up with two big plays on the offensive end. She sunk all three free throws after being fouled behind the arc and then hit a deep three to slice Brown's lead to just 29-27 four minutes into the half.
After a score from the Bears, Ely hit her second three of the game as Penn closed in even further, 31-30 with 14:10 to go. Brown once again put together a run to extend its advantage, scoring eight straight. But Adams hit a three and on the next possession, junior Jerin Smith scored and was fouled as the shot clock expired. Smith hit the free throw and Penn was once again trailing by only one possession, 39-36 midway through the half.
However, Penn was held without a basket over the next six minutes and by the time Smith broke the scoreless string with a lay up, Brown held a 47-38 edge with just 3:41 remaining in the game.
Smith converted a three-point play to make the score 49-43 and after exchanging baskets it was 51-45 with 1:46 to play. But Brown made its free throws down the stretch and held its largest lead at the final buzzer.
Next weekend, the Quakers are right back at The Palestra as they host Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard Saturday night. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.
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