PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/8/2013 – The Red and Blue split a double-header with the women’s team winning 79 – 73 over Morgan State while the men fell 85 – 83 against Lafayette. Both games were close battles. The women’s team got 28 points from Alyssa Baron leading Penn to the win. The men fell behind by 15 points before mounting a furious comeback to tie the game at 81. Trailing by two, Penn guard Steve Rennard had an open look from the left corner that bounced away giving Lafayette its first win at the Palestra under Coach Fran O’Hanlon.
Penn 79 Morgan State 73 – Penn junior guard Alyssa Baron filled the stat sheet for the Red and Blue scoring 28 points (9 -13 field goal attempts, 3 – 4 three-pointers), handing out 5 assists, garnering 2 steals, and taking down 6 rebounds leading the Quakers. They needed almost every point as Morgan State guard Bianca Jarrett scored a game-high 32 points and 11 rebounds. In the end the Red and Blue made 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to hold off Morgan State. The 79 point outburst for Penn was their season-high as a team, and Baron also scored her season best. It was a close game featuring 10 lead changes and 6 ties. Midway through the second half Penn led 57 – 55, then went on a 12 – 5 run moving in front 69 – 60 on a jumper by Courtney Wilson at the 5:25 mark. Morgan Sate scored the next 8 points over a two-minute span to move to within one at 69 – 68. The Quakers put the game away at the free throw line.Sophomore forward Kara Bonenberger scored 15 points, and fellow forward Katy Allen had double figures in rebounds with 10 to go along with 10 points. For Morgan State guard Tracey Carrington had 13 points and Whitney Southerland had 11 points.behind 75 – 60.
Penn made 23 of 54 field goal attempts (42.6%), but 3 of 12 from beyond the arc. The Quakers made 30 of 46 free throws. The Red and Blue was credited with 18 assists on their 23 baskets. Morgan State shot 25 of 67 (37.3%), and were good on 12 of 29 threes. Jarrett went 8 fo 13 from distance.
Penn improves to 7 – 5 on the season. The Red and Blue prepares to meet Villanova on January 16. The Wildcats will be gunning for another Big Five championship.
Lafayette 85 Penn 83 – Lafayette and Penn were hot in the first half. Penn shot 60.7%, but Lafayette shot 69.6%. Lafayette stayed hot in the second half, Penn did not early falling behind 75 – 60 with 7:47 to play. Lafayette guard Tony Johnson scored 23 of his 25 points to give the Leopards their largest lead. Penn began a comeback. Over the next five minutes Lafayette only scored at the foul line. Freshman guard Tony Hicks scored on a layup to tie the game at 81 capping a 21 – 6 Penn run. The Red and Blue could not get the lead. Bryce Scott hit a three for Lafayette that proved to be the game-winner at the 1:55 mark. The Quakers had one last chance trailing by two. Penn guard Steve Rennard had an open look from the left corner for a potential game-winner, but it hit the rim and bounced away giving Lafayette its first Palestra win under Coach Fran O’Hanlon, and their first road win of the season.
Lafayette made 30 of 49 free throw attempts, a 61.2% clip. In addition to Johnson five other Lafayette players scored in double figures. Dan Trist had 17 points, Bryce Scott 11, and Joey Ptasinski, Seth Hinrichs, and Levi Giese had 10 each. For Penn junior guard Dau Jok had a career-high 18 points. Freshman forward Darien Nelson-Henry also set a career scoring mark with 17 points. Freshman forward Greg Louis, junior guard Miles Cartwright, and freshman guard Tony Hicks scored 10 points each. Penn shot 59.6 % for the game (31-52).
The Red and Blue fall to 2 – 12 on the season and prepare for a game at Princeton on January 12, 2013.
Written By: Glenn Papazian