Women's Basketball Stifles Brown, 52-32

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Another strong defensive effort helped to carry the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team past Brown, 52-32, for its first Ivy win of the season Saturday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

With their second win in Providence in the last three years, the Quakers improved to 7-10 overall and 1-2 in Ivy play this season. It marks the first time since 2004-05 that the Quakers have won seven games before the month of February. Brown fell to 4-14 and 0-4 in the Ivy League.

The Quakers forced 23 Brown turnovers and held the Bears to a shooting percentage of 27.1 (13-of-48), including 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from three-point range. Penn is 2-3 in its last five Ivy games dating back to last season, holding its league opponent to 32 points of fewer in each victory.

Brown scored on its first two possessions for a 4-0 lead. But behind their full court defense, the Quakers responded with 11 of the next 13 with four different players scoring during the run. Senior Erin Power's drive and dish to senior Caroline Nicholson for a wide-open layup gave Penn its 11-6 lead six minutes into the contest.

Brown scored the next three points, but the Quakers went on another extended run. Senior Jerin Smith, freshman Alyssa Baron and Nicholson combined for all of Penn's points in a 10-2 run that put the Red and Blue up double digits for the first time, 21-11, with 5:09 left in the first half.

A short while later, the lead was 27-14 after a three-point play from Power and a three-pointer from Jess Knapp. Brown briefly got its deficit to 10, but Penn scored the final three points of the half and led 30-17 at intermission.

The defenses dominated the start of the second half. Neither team scored during the first six minutes. Brown broke the dual shutouts with a three at the 13:34 mark. Penn's drought continued until sophomore Brianna Bradford hit two free throws for a 32-20 lead with 11:48 remaining.

That sparked a 17-2 run for the Quakers over the next six minutes. Power had a put-back, Knapp hit a three from the corner and Bradford swished a three of her own for 10 unanswered points and a 40-20 advantage with 8:56 left. Junior Jourdan Banks' put-back with 6:26 to play gave the Quakers thier largest lead of the game, 47-22.

The Bears scored eight straight to close to within 47-30, but the Red and Blue were never threatend in the final minutes.

Baron led the Quakers in scoring with 13 points, while Bradford added 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Knapp added nine points and four rebounds in addition to a team-high three assists, two blocks and three steals. Power led the team with six rebounds and added eight points.

Penn was 17-of-47 (36.1%) from the floor for the game, including 11-for-27 (40.7%) in the first half. The Quakers held a 39-34 rebounding edge. They also accumulated 13 steals - second-most this season - and had 24 points off of turnovers (Brown had nine).

Penn is on the road next weekend as well. The Quakers head to Dartmouth on Friday and are at Harvard on Saturday. Tip off is at 7 p.m. for both games.

POSTGAME NOTES:
Largest margin of victory at Brown in Penn history (it topped a 16-point win at the Pizzitola Sports Center in 2007) and the largest over the Bears since an 82-58 win at The Palestra on Feb. 28, 2003 ... Brown's 32 points were the fewest ever allowed by the Quakers in 67 all-time meetings between the schools ... It was the largest win for Penn over an Ivy opponent since a 76-56 win at Yale on Feb. 21, 2004. Penn won the Ivy title that season.

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