The Quakers have come into Ivy Madness ready to play.
After waiting for the three afternoon Ivy League Tournament games to end, the Quakers raced out of the gates on Saturday night and hold a 43-25 lead over Harvard at the half.
The contest began as a back-and-forth affair, with both teams getting off to hot shooting starts. After two straight Crimson (16-11, 9-5 Ivy) threes gave them a 10-9 lead with 3:48 left in the first quarter, the Red and Blue (22-5, 12-2) turned it up a notch. To end the period, the Quakers went on a 12-0 run, which began with junior guard Phoebe Sterba’s second-chance three ball. The spurt also featured sophomore Eleah Parker making shots from just about everywhere in the post, and she ended the half with 10 points.
Even after Harvard ended what would eventually become a 15-0 run with a foul line jumper from sophomore Rachel Levy, the Crimson had a difficult time getting anything to go on the offensive end. Penn was content to let Harvard’s bigs shoot open mid-range jumpers, and the Crimson could not consistently hit from there.
For Harvard, star guard Madeline Raster has not been her usual self, scoring just five points on 2-of-10 shooting.
On the other end, senior guard Ashley Russell could not miss in the first half. She began the game making her first four shots, one of which was a three ball, to extend Penn’s lead to 31-14 with 7:39 remaining in the half. From that point, the Quakers have been on cruise control, maintaining a sufficient lead.
The Crimson did end the half with some momentum, however, as Raster knocked down a trey at the buzzer to cut Penn’s lead to 18 entering the locker room.
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