Women's Basketball Wins Italian Opener, 69-39

COSTA MASNAGA, Italy – Four Quakers scored in double figures as the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team topped the Italy All-Stars, 69-39, at Plazzetto dello Sport in Costa Masnaga, Italy. It was the first of three international games during the team’s 10-day tour through Italy.

After both the American and Italian national anthems were played, the team’s exchanged handshakes and the coaches exchanged gifts. Head Coach Mike McLaughlin was presented with an “Italy Tour 2014” pen and dog tag, while presenting the Italian head coach with a Penn tie clip.

Most of the Quakers were playing by FIBA international rules for the first time which includes four 10-minute quarters, a 24-second shot clock and a deeper three-point line.

Penn jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first three minutes before their Italian counterparts rallied to close the gap to 16-9 at the end of the first quarter. The team’s traded baskets most of the second quarter and the Quakers took a 31-21 lead into the half.

The Quakers looked more like the Ivy champions from last season in the third quarter with a suffocating and spirited defensive effort. That carried over to the offensive end where seniorKathleen Roche hit three of her four international three-pointers to push the Penn lead to a comfortable 57-25 at the end of the third quarter. The Quakers wrapped up the victory in the fourth quarter with four points apiece from sophomoreJackie Falconer and seniorKara Bonenberger.

Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich led all scorers with 19 points. Roche finished with 14 points and Bonenberger added 12. Sophomore Melanie Locket started at point guard and finished with 12 points. Katy Allen (foot) and Keiera Ray (knee) are out with injuries for this trip.