PHILADELPHIA - A second-half rally for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team fell short Friday night in an Ivy League loss to Yale at The Palestra, 58-51.
Yale (7-10, 2-1 Ivy) led by 10 at the half and held a 14-point lead in the second half, but the Quakers (1-15, 0-2 Ivy) rallied to within four at the six-minute mark. However, the Bulldogs held on down the stretch for their first victory at The Palestra in two years.
The Quakers scored first when junior Kim Adams got to the basket for a lay up on Penn's first possession. But Yale put up the next seven points before senior Sarah Bucar broke the string with a free throw. Bucar added a layup before sophomore Sara Ely knocked home a three to give the Quakers a 9-7 lead with 13:18 left in the first half.
The Penn advantage was short lived. Yale scored on its next possession en route to eight straight over the next three minutes for a 15-9 edge. The Bulldogs lead grew to 21-10 as the Quakers could only manage a free throw over a span of 7:06.
The Red and Blue put together back-to-back buckets - a jumper from senior Amy Donovan and a driving lay up by Adams - to close within 21-14 at the 5:28 mark. However, that would be the last points of the half for the Quakers until sophomore Jess Knapp's put-back at the halftime buzzer pulled Penn within 26-16 at the half.
Yale quickly extended its lead at the start of the second half, scoring six of the first eight points to go up 32-18 less than two minutes in.
The Quakers got within single digits when an 8-1 run pulled the deficit to just 35-28 with just over 14 minutes remaining. But Yale scored four straight to go back up 12 and led 44-33 with 9:20 remaining before yet another 8-1 Penn run.
When Bucar sunk both of her free throws, Penn trailed by just four, 45-41 with 6:13 to go. That would be as close as they would get. Down 47-43, the Bulldogs scored the next five points for a nine-point lead with two minutes to play.
A three-point play by Bucar got the Red and Blue to within five, 56-51 with 24 seconds remaining, but Yale sealed the win with a pair of free throws and a defensive stop.
Adams led the team with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Bucar contributed 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Knapp led the Quakers with seven rebounds to go along with her six points. Ely added seven points, three rebounds and a team-best three steals.
Penn had its best shooting day of the season, making 44.2 percent of its shots, including an impressive 54.2-percent clip in the second half. Yale was 21-of-54 from the field (38.9%) and forced 21 Penn turnovers, while claiming the advantage on the boards, 35-29.
Penn is back in action on The Palestra floor tommorrow night against Brown. Tip off against the Bears is set for 7 p.m.