PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Led by three players scoring in double figures, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team improved to 8-0 in the Ivy League on Friday night with a 69-59 win over Brown at the Pizzitola Center. The Quakers have won seven games in row, and improve to 19-3 this season.
Inside the Numbers
Sophomore Beth Brzozowski poured in a career-high 16 points, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. The Quakers as a team were strong from the charity stripe, knocking in 17-of-20.
Another career high on Friday night came from Sydney Stipanovich, who tied a career best with 19 rebounds. She also put in 10 points to notch her 10th double-double of the season. Anna Ross was the final Quaker in double figures, scoring 13 on 5-of-10 from the field.
Penn’s defense was again strong, racking up 12 blocks and forcing Brown to shoot just 32.3 percent from the field (21-of-65). Michelle Nwokedi registered half of those swatted shots, while Stipanovich chipped in four of her own.
How it Happened
It was a tale of two quarters for Penn in the first half. The Quakers were red hot in the opening quarter, shooting over 50 percent from the field. The bench, in particular, was sharp early on. Brzozowski and freshman Ashley Russell combined for nine points off the bench. Back-to-back jumpers from that duo, plus a three-ball from Ross capped off the first for Penn, as they led 21-17.
The Quakers cooled in the second, scoring just eight more points in the first half. Following a steal and a lay-in from freshman Princess Aghayere to open the frame, Penn would not score until the 3:31 mark. Lauren Whitlatch halted the drought with the first of her three long balls of the game. Ross followed with a three of her own, as Penn led 29-26 at the break.
Penn began to pull away from Brown in the third, as five consecutive free throws and a Nwokedi lay-in provided a 42-33 lead with 3:58 remaining. Another two foul shots from Brzozowski, along with a three-ball lifted Penn to a 12-point lead. Ross provided the final spark in the third, drilling a three-ball with one second left. The Red and Blue led by 11 after three.
It was a slow stretch to the finish line, as fouls and timeouts filled the fourth quarter. The Quakers’ final flurry of offense came from Whitlatch, who knocked in back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the lead to 16. From there, it was all free throws for Penn. Brzozowski made 7-of-8 from the line down the stretch to helpe ice the game away.
The Quakers continue the New England swing with a matchup at Yale tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
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