PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team erupted for a season-high 50 points in the first half on Monday, en route to a 78-50 win over Wagner at The Palestra. The Quakers improve to 7-2 overall, and 5-1 at home this season.
Inside the Numbers
The Quakers had four players reach double digits in Michelle Nwokedi (20 points) Sydney Stipanovich (18), Lauren Whitlatch (17), and Beth Brzozowski (10). Stipanovich, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, also grabbed 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
Nwokedi and Brzozowski also helped out in other facets of the game, with Nwokedi tallying nine boards and four blocks, and Brzozowski dishing out six assists. The Quakers shot 46 percent (29-of-63) as a team, including 50 percent (10-of-20) from three-point land.
How it Happened
The Quakers began the game red hot from the floor, and never looked back. Whitlatch and Nwokedi both drilled a pair of three-pointers in the early going, as Penn built up a 16-5 lead midway through the first. Stipanovich followed with back-to-back buckets to cap off a 14-0 run for Penn, followed by a layup from Brzozowski, and the Quakers took a 26-7 edge into the second quarter.
It was more of the same in the second frame, with the Red and Blue continuing the offensive onslaught. Anna Ross began the quarter with a three, while Whitlatch hit back-to-back from long range to give Penn a 39-10 lead. Another two baskets from Stipanovich, and a three-pointer from Nwokedi, capped off the Quakers’ highest scoring half of the season at 50. Penn led 50-23 at the break.
While it wasn’t as intense as the first two quarters, the Quakers continued the sharp play into the second half. Stipanvich was especially impressive in the third quarter, scoring eight points. Brzozowski knocked down three free throws, after getting fouled on a three-point attempt with 0.7 seconds left in the quarter. The Quakers led 72-33 after the third.
The Quakers scored just six points in the final quarter, with Brooklyn Juday, Jackie Falconer, and Kristen Daley all finding their way into the box score. Falconer’s free throw with 9:46 remaining in the game put the Quakers up 40 points, their largest lead of the game.
The Quakers will head to Hawaii for a pair of contests over New Year’s. Penn will take on BYU-Hawaii on December 31, and then the University of Hawaii on January 3.
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