ITHACA, N.Y. - They did it again. Twenty wins. For the first time in program history, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons. They overpowered Cornell on Saturday night and matched the second-longest win streak in school history as they with a 56-42 victory at Newman Arena.
A huge 21-3 run that spanned both halves vaulted the Quakers (20-7, 11-2) to their seventh straight road win and 12th win the last 13 games. It also marked the second straight year and fourth time in program history the Red and Blue have won at least 11 Ivy League games.
How it Happened
Senior Kara Bonenberger and sophomore Sydney Stipanovich combined for Penn's first 12 points. Cornell used a 7-0 run to take a 10-8 lead at the 12:21 mark, but Penn's duo scored back-to-back buckets and received help from senoirRenee Busch from beyond the arc for 15-10 advantage with 11:04 left in the half.
It was a 19-16 lead at the 7:24 mark when Stipanovich and seniorKathleen Roche combined for the game's next 10 points and gave the Quakers a 29-16 advantage. In all, the Red and Blue held Cornell without a field goal over the final seven minutes and led 29-17 at the break.
Penn extended its lead and the Cornell drought with another strong start to the second half. The Big Red went another four minutes without a field goal.
An 11-2 run -- highlighted by Roche's 150th career three and four more points from Stipanovich -- gave the Quakers a 40-19 lead with 16:21 to play.
Cornell scored its first field goal in more than 11 minutes with back-to-back buckets, but the damage was done. It total, it was a 21-3 Penn run.
Cornell, which finished the season at 15-13 overall and 6-8 in Ivy play, closed to within 46-30 with 8:41 to go. However, Penn matched each Big Red basket the rest of the way. The closest Cornell got was the final score.
Inside the Numbers
Stipanovich led all scorers with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and finished with four rebounds.
Roche, who finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, is just the sixth player in school history with 150th career three-pointers. Nwokedi contributed six points, nine rebounds, three blocks and a pair of assists.
In all, the Quakers had 16 assists on 21 field goals. Freshman Anna Ross, a Syracuse native who was playing in front of a large homecoming crowd, had a game-high six assists and tacked on seven points. Bonenberger matched a career high with five assists and finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
Penn shot 43 percent (21-of-49) from the field and held the Big Red to 26 percent (14-of-55) shooting, including 22 percent (4-of-18) from beyond the arc. The Quakers outrebounded the Big Red, 40-34, and held a 24-8 advantage in the paint.
A nationally-televised season finale against unbeaten arch rival Princeton. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 5 p.m. As is tradition, it will serve as the final Ivy League game of the season and the first game of a doubleheader with the men, who begin at 8 p.m., and are also televised on CBS Sports Network.
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