PHILADELPHIA - Junior Joey Rhoads scored a game-high 18 points, including going 10-of-10 at the foul line, to lead the Penn women's basketball team over Yale, 65-48, Friday evening at The Palestra.
The Quakers (5-20, 3-10 Ivy League) never trailed in the game, and ran away from the Bulldogs (3-23, 2-11 Ivy League) in the second half after a tight first stanza.
After starting the game on fire with an 11-2 run, the Quakers relinquished the momentum to the Elis, who drew within two points after a 6-0 run halfway through the period. While Penn never gave up the lead, Yale kept it within six points for the remainder of the half, heading into thehalf down 32-28.
Both teams had a sluggish start to the second half, combining for all of nine points in the first six and a half minutes, including a four-minute scoreless span. But the Quakers turned it on after that, hitting seven straight points to extend the lead to 10 points after a long-range two and a three-pointer from Monica Naltner. Penn's lead ballooned to as much as 17 at the end of the game.
Rhoads, despite shooting a relatively cold 4-of-14 from the field, was a flawless 10-of-10 at the line, and ended up with 18 points, four stealsand three assists. Jennifer Fleischer posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards, and had three blocks. The Quakers as a team capitalized on 18 Eli turnovers, scoring 24 points on possession changes.
Chinenye Okafor paced Yale with 12 points on 6-of-17 shooting, and had 10 boards, while Sara McCollum also had 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
The Quakers will wrap up their home slate Saturday evening with a game against Brown at The Palestra at 7 p.m. The Bears will be playing for at least a share of the Ivy League title after their loss to Princeton Friday evening and Dartmouth's overtime win over Columbia.