February 18, 2011

Bears Fall to Quakers, 55-43

Philadelphia, PA- Alyssa Baron's 24 points and six rebounds led the University of Pennsylvania Quakers to a 55-43 victory over the visiting Brown women's basketball team on Friday night at The Palestra. The Quakers improved to 10-12 overall and evened their Ivy record to 4-4, while the Bears dropped to 7-16 overall and 3-6 in the league.

The Quakers were able to maintain a small lead throughout the first 12 minutes of the half, as a jumper by Jerin Smith extended Penn's lead to 21-13 with 11:00 remaining. The Bears roared back with an 11-0 run to earn its first lead of the night, 23-21, after a jumper by rookie Jordin Juker. Junior Hannah Passafuime sank a free throws to extend the lead to three, but Penn's Baron tied the game with a three and gave the Quakers a one-point advantage with a free throw heading into halftime.

After the intermission, Penn was able to pull away with 50 percent shooting from the field (11-22) to go on a 20-6 run over the first nine minutes to gain a 45-30 advantage. Unfortunately, the Bears were not able to come within single digits again, as a jumper by junior Lindsay Steele with nine seconds left cut Penn's lead to 12, 55-43, to end the game.

Brown was without its leading scorer, Sheila Dixon, this evening due to illness, as the Bears were swept by Penn for the second straight year. Brown shot just 23 percent in the second half when Penn was able to go on its run. The squad finished the game shooting 32 percent, and hit just 2 of 17 trey's.

Passafuime led Brown's offense with nine points, six rebounds and five assists, while Aileen Daniels and Lindsay Nickel added eight points apiece. Baron led the Quakers with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Caroline Nicholson added 12 points. The Quakers shot 42 percent from the field for the game, and out-rebounded Brown by one, 37-36.

Brown is back in action at 6 p.m. tomorrow night when it takes on first-place Princeton at Jadwin Gym.