PHILADELPHIA - Three Quakers scored in double figures for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team in a 62-50 win over Cornell at The Palestra Friday night. It was the third consecutive home victory for Penn as they rallied from nine down late in the first half.
Senior Carrie Biemer led the team with 10 points and junior Sarah Bucar and sophomore Erin Power added 12 and 10 points, respectively, as the Quakers (8-18, 5-7 Ivy) improved to 5-3 in their last eight Ivy games.
Biemer had a hand in each of Penn's first four baskets as the Quakers jumped out to a 12-8 lead six minutes into the contest. Biemer scored the game's first bucket, added two threes and assisted on another bucket to help Penn to its early advantage.
Cornell's 2-3 zone defense spurred the Big Red (10-15, 6-7 Ivy) to a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to grab their largest lead of the game, 21-12. They maintained the lead for much of the half and led 27-18 in the closing minutes of the half.
However, Penn went on a furious 16-2 run to end the half, sparked by back-to-back threes by junior Caitlin Slover and Bucar, and a long-range jumper by Scott to close the Cornell advantage to 27-26 with 1:59 left in the first half. After a Cornell basket, Penn closed the half with the last seven points and led 33-29 at the halfway point.
The Quakers continued their torrid scoring pace into the early going of the second half. When Bucar swished a three from the corner three minutes in, Penn led by 10, 43-33.
The Big Red got the lead down to eight on two occassions, but the Quakers answered each time. At 43-35, Penn scored four straight to go up by 12 and at 48-40 with 7:59 left, Slover hit a three from the top of the key to extend the lead to 51-40.
Cornell was held without a basket for the next five minutes and when they did find nylon, Scott immediately responded with a baseline jumper, giving Penn a 55-42 lead with 2:42 to go.
Slover continued her strong play as of late, leading the team with four assists and two steals, while tacking on eight points and grabbing five rebounds on the night.
Penn hosts Columbia on Senior Day Saturday night. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. The Lions are coming off of a loss to Princeton, 68-63, Friday night in New Jersey.
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