PHILADELPHIA - Senior Ashley Gray scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Penn women's basketball team to an 80-62 victory over Columbia Saturday at The Palestra. Itwas the first Ivy League win for the Quakers, who improved to 5-9 on the season and 1-2 in Ivy play. Columbia dropped to 3-12 and 0-2 in the League.
Penn's 80-point performance was the highest score in Head Coach Patrick Knapp's tenure. It was also just the second game of the season in which four player registered double digits in scoring.
The game was dominated by the Quakers from the get-go. Columbia held a three-point lead after five minutes of play, but it was the largest lead the Lions would have. Theone-point lead for the Lions, at 9:39 in the first,was their last of the night.
After keeping it close in the first part of the half, Penn distanced itself with a 18-5 run before heading to the locker room with a 42-30 advantage. The 12-point margin was the largest halftime lead for the Quakers this season.
Seniors Lauren Pears and Ashley Gray scored nine points each in the first, while Gray pulled down five boards and Pears nabbed two steals and dished five assists.
In a reversal ofFriday night's game against Cornell, when the Quakers were unable to hold a first-half advantage, it wasthe Red and Bluethat kept running in the second. Pennextended its lead to 25, thanks to a steal by Joey Rhoads and a layup by Gray. Pears tacked on an assist on the play and finished the night with 10, a career high. Combined with her 15 points, she marked her first double-double of her career.
Gray came close to a double-double with eight reboundsto go with21 points in the game. Monica Naltner led all players with nine boards.
In aclean game, Penn went to the line just three times in the game while Columbia was 5-for-9 from the charity stripe.
Penn will take a short two-day rest and be back in action Tuesday at Manhattan. It is the first-ever meetingbetween the teams and will take place at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale, N.Y. The tip is set for 7 p.m.