PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (1/29/12) – The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team came out looking for a weep of their first Ivy Weekend series of the season. The Red and Blue played a consistent game against Columbia on Friday. However, they did not show enough consistency on both ends of the floor as they lose 67 – 53 to Big Red of Cornell at the Palestra. Penn had good stretches, but when the offense was working, the defense was not able to stop Cornell for the full forty minutes which forced the
“There were times when we went on our run, but we couldn’t get a stop,” Baron said. “Usually the momentum takes you from defense to offense, but somehow it wasn’t there. The defense was not there.”
Kates scored 10 points and handed out 3 assists for Penn. Baron scored a game-high 24 points and took down 6 rebounds. Of her 24 points the Sophomore guard scored 14 in the last eleven minutes of the game as she showed a sense of urgency on offense.
“I knew I had to contribute in some way,” said Baron. “I was trying to push and help my team win.”
Cornell had four players score in double figures. Forward Clare Fitzpatrick had a team-high 14, Poland added 13 points. Forward Maka Anyanwu scored 11 points. Guard Allyson DiMagno filled the stat sheet with 10 points, a team leading in rebounds with 10 and 4 assists. Cornell shot 57.1% for the game making 24 of 42 field goal attempts. Penn made only 19 of 55 shots for 34.5%.
Penn drops to 8 – 9 on the season, and is 1 – 2 in the Ivy League. The Quakers will get their next attempt to sweep an Ivy League weekend starting on February 3rd and 4th when they host Yale and Brown.
“We’re going to learn how to do that,” Baron said. “We were happy with Friday, but now we have to move on to the next games. This is only the first weekend, and we have a lot of work to do.”
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