Unfortunately for Penn women’s hoops, history repeated itself Sunday afternoon at the Palestra.
For the second straight season, Penn (6-5) surrendered a second-half lead over St. Joseph’s (9-5), falling to the Hawks, 66-53.
With less than 12 minutes remaining, the Quakers held a 33-32 lead but couldn’t overcome a subpar rebounding performance, getting outrebounded by the Hawks, 44-21. St. Joseph’s also outscored Penn by 10 in the second half, 42-32.
Leading the way for the Quakers were junior guard Alyssa Baron, who finished with a team-high 12 points, and sophomore guard Kathleen Roche, who notched 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Hawks’ victory was fueled by the stellar play of senior forward Chatilla Van Grinsven, who posted a career-high 27 points.
The game marked the first Big 5 loss of the season for the Quakers, who will host Morgan State on Tuesday at 5pm.