Women's Basketball Upended by Cornell, 60-49

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PHILADELPHIA - For the first time in more than a year, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team lost at home to an Ivy League opponent as Cornell held off a furious second-half rally and upended the Quakers at The Palestra on Friday night.

How it Happened
Cornell (13-6, 4-1 Ivy) built an 18-point lead early in the second half, but the Quakers (11-7, 2-2 Ivy) rallied to get within four with eight minutes to play. However, the deficit proved too much for the Quakers and the Big Red snapped Penn's six-game Ivy home winning streak.

Cornell began to build its big lead early with a 12-2 run that gave the visitors a 12-4 lead after the first seven minutes.

The deficit increased to 10 for the Quakers, 20-10, at the 7:59 mark. Senior Kara Bonenberger scored inside, and senior Kathleen Roche hit a three and made a free throw to get the Quakers within 20-16 with 5:50 to go. But the Big Red scored 11 of the final 15 points of the half and led at the break, 31-20.

Cornell started the second half on a 7-0 run and led 38-20 with 16:59 remaining.

Penn rallied with a 12-0 run behind six points from freshman Beth Brzozowski and threes from Roche and freshman Michelle Nwokedi to get within 38-32 at the 12:55 mark.

Cornell scored the next four, but the Red and Blue answered with six straight to close within 41-37 with 8:43 to play.

That was as close as it got. The Big Red responded with five straight, led by nine, and iced it from the free throw line.

Inside the Numbers
Nwokedi earned her second career double-double with a team-high 11 points and 13 rebounds in just 22 minutes off the bench. Roche, who finished with 10 points, moved into seventh place all-time at Penn with 128 career three-pointers. Bonenberger also had 10 points and is that many away from 1,000 for her career.

Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich had a game-high four blocks and became just the second player in school history and 12th in Ivy League history to reach 150 career blocks.

Ross had four of Penn's 11 assists, but the Quakers finished with 14 turnovers compared to just five Cornell turnovers. Penn was 19-of-52 (36.5%) from the field and 5-of-16 (31.3%) from behind the arc. Cornell was 23-of-61 (37.7%) overall and 2-of-10 (10.0%) from three, and won the rebounding battle, 43-38.

Up Next
Its another ESPN3.com appearance for the Quakers as they welcome Columbia to The Palestra for a 7 p.m. tip.Fans can watch the games online at ESPN3.comor on their mobile device with a Watch ESPN app.


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