Women's Basketball Stymies Columbia, 60-40

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PHILADELPHIA - With their first Ivy weekend sweep since the 2008-09 season, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team tied a school record with a 60-40 win over Columbia Saturday night at The Palestra. The Quakers matched the largest one-year turnaround in program history with seven more wins than last season.

Senior Erin Power had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as Penn completed the sweep of its Ivy Empire State opponents to improve to 9-12 overall and, at the midway point of the Ivy season, is 3-4 in league play. Columbia remained winless on the road this season and dropped to 5-17 overall and 4-4 in league play.

The Quakers, who are 2-0 at home against the Ivy League this season, scored the game's first nine points with four different scorers accounting for the four field goals. Columbia got on the scoreboard at the 15:46 mark with a three to start an 11-2 run to tie the game at 11-11 with 12:19 to play in the opening half.

Momentum shifted back to the Red and Blue with an 11-3 spurt. Freshman Courtney Wilson hit a three and then a lay-up to cap the run and give Penn a 22-14 advantage with 5:41 left until intermission.

Then it was Columbia's turn. The Lions scored 11 of the next 14 and evened the game with a three in the final minute of the half to send the teams to the locker room tied at 25-25.

The Lions took their first lead of the night when they opened the second-half scoring with a free throw. But the Penn defense flexed its muscles and held the Lions without a field goal until the 11:33 mark.

Meanwhile, the Red and Blue scored 12 straight. Power's lay-up gave Penn a 37-26 lead with 12:29 to play.

Columbia closed to within seven, 39-32, but the Quakers responded and opened the game up with a 19-6 run. Sophomore Brianna Bradford scored four straight for a 49-34 edge with 7:11 to go, and senior Jess Knapp's second three-pointer of the night capped the run with 2:50 left and gave the Red and Blue their largest lead of the night, 58-38.

Freshman Lauren Kraemer put the finishing touches on the weekend with a lay-up in the last minute for the final margin.

Power led the team in rebounding with her second double-double of the season and the third of her career. She also matched a career high with five steals. Knapp had a team-best 13 points, while adding eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Freshman Meghan McCullough, who had eight points and two assists, set a career high with a game-high six steals as Penn finished with 15 as a team. Five different Quakers had two or more steals.

Penn was 22-for-55 (40.0%) from the field and had 12 assists. The Quakers were also 5-of-11 (45.5%) from three-point range. Columbia was held to 15-of-49 (30.6%) shooting and turned the ball over to the Quakers on 22 occasions. Penn outscored the Lions 30-8 in the paint.

The Quakers, who are 5-4 at The Palestra this season, have won three of their last five Ivy contests - all by double-digts - and have held their opponent to 40 points or fewer five times this year. In their last four Ivy wins, the Red and Blue have held their league opponent to 40 points or fewer (44-31 at Dartmouth, 52-32 at Brown and 51-33 vs. Cornell). The 2010-11 Penn Quakers matched the 2006-07 with seven more wins than the previous season. There are seven more games remaining for the current team.

Penn is back at The Palestra next weekend when Brown and Yale make the trip to Philadelphia. The Quakers tip with the Bears on Friday and greet the Bulldogs Saturday night. Both games tip at 7 p.m.

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