PHILADELPHIA - Despite 17 second-half points from junior Kim Adams, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team couldn't keep up with Rider, falling 66-53 Saturday afternoon at The Palestra.
Adams scored more than half of Penn's 32 second-half points and finished with a season-high 19 for the Quakers (0-8). But it wasn't enough to keep up with the hot-shooting Broncs. Rider (2-7) was 23-of-50 (46%) from the floor in the game, which included a plethora of threes in the first half. Seven of Rider's 11 baskets in the first 20 minutes were from beyond the arc.
As usual, the Quakers were able to keep the game low-scoring early in the first half. Rider had just 12 points in the first 12 minutes and the Quakers trailed by just one, 12-11. In those opening minutes, the Quakers held a brief 6-5 lead. Down 5-2 at the 17:15 mark, junior Caroline Nicholson found senior Caitlin Slover slicing through the Rider zone for a layup. After a defensive stop, junior Kim Adams gave the Red and Blue their only lead of the half with a jumper in the paint.
Rider regained the lead on the next possession and when up 12-11, the Broncs scored eight straight, capped by a three, for a 20-11 edge with 5:42 to go before intermission.
Penn would respond. Nicholson converted a three-point play and Slover hit a jumper to close to within 20-16 at the four-minute mark. The Broncs hit another three on their next possession, but on the way back down the court, Bucar responded with a three for the Quakers. After a stop by Penn, Slover hit a baseline jumper to pull within two, 23-21 with 2:37 left.
Though the Broncs hit another three to go up 26-21, it was the final 12 seconds that dealt a huge blow to the Quakers. Rider knocked down two free throws and when Penn turned the ball over, Rider heaved up a shot from half court that bounced off the backboard for the team's seventh three of the half and a 31-21 Rider lead at intermission.
The deficit proved too much for the Quakers. Rider scored the first four points of the second session and led 35-21. The lead grew to 41-25 five minutes into the half before Penn got back into it.
For seven minutes the Broncs were held without a field goal, managing just three free throws in that time. Meanwhile, Adams took over on offense. She scored nine straight points for Penn. The last of which pulled the Red and Blue within 43-36 with 9:45 to go.
However, the Broncs went on a quick 6-0 run over the next two minutes to go back up 13. Adams and the Quakers continued to score consistently for the remainder of the game, but so did the Broncs and the lead never got within single digits again.
Three Quakers finished with nine points - Slover, Nicholson and Bucar. Adams had the team's only two blocks and sophomore Jess Knapp had a team-high three steals. Six different Quakers recorded at least one assist. Adams and Nicholson each had a team-best six rebounds.
The Quakers forced 23 turnovers and had just 16. But they were outrebounded 43-28 and shot just 32 percent in the game, which included a 3-for-19 (15.8%) shooting day from three.
Penn is off for the next 16 days for the holiday break. The Quakers will resume action on Dec. 29 when they host Mount St. Mary's at 7 p.m.