PHILADELPHIA - In the Ivy League's opening game, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team was outdone by their arch rivals, falling to Princeton, 70-39, on Saturday night at The Palestra.
Penn lost its Ivy opener for the fifth straight season, falling to 1-12 overall this season and 0-1 in the Ivy League. Princeton won its eighth in a row to improve to 13-2 on the year and 1-0 in Ivy play.
Princeton jumped on top of the Quakers early. The Tigers scored the first bucket and then sophomore Jess Knapp hit one of two free throws to bring the score to 2-1. But Princeton scored 16 straight and led 18-1 less than six minutes into the contest.
Senior Sarah Bucar scored Penn's first basket with a three-pointer at the 13:07 mark, making the score 18-4. Two possessions later, senior Caitlin Slover hit a three of her own to bring Penn within 20-7. Three possessions later, Bucar notched another three and at the midway point of the half, the Quakers trailed 22-10.
However, less than two minutes later, the highest scoring team in the Ivy League led 29-12. The lead grew to 33-12 before Bucar hit her third three of the half with 4:39 remaining in the opening half.
But Princeton was relentless, taking a 39-18 lead into the half. It was Penn's largest deficit at the half this season.
It was more of the same in the second half. The Tigers scored the first five points and five minutes into the half, led by 30, 50-20.
The deficit swelled to 34 when the Tigers held a 60-26 advantage with 11:20 left in the game. The socre stayed near that margin throughout the rest of the contest. Princeton's largest lead of the game game at 67-32 with 4:47 to go.
The Quakers shot just 25.4 percent from the floor, while the Tigers were near 40 percent. Despite eight rebounds from Knapp, Princeton outrebounded the Red and Blue 53-36.
Penn was led by Bucar's 13 points with junior Jerin Smith adding eight points, Slover putting in seven points and senior Amy Donovan contributing six points. Slover had a team-high three assists and three steals.
Penn still has two more non-conference games to play before resuming the rest of its Ivy League schedule. The first of which is at Big 5 rival Saint Joseph's on Tuesday at noon.
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