Thanks to some clutch play late from its starting guards, Penn women's basketball went into to Princeton's Jadwin Gym and knocked off the Tigers in a winner-take-all matchup for the second time in three seasons.
It was uneventful, but it was a win.
Friday night at the Palestra, Penn women’s basketball moved one game closer to a potential Ivy League championship with a 65-50 win over Dartmouth.
Although the Big Green (12-17, 7-6 Ivy) began scoring after winning the opening tip, a quick trey from sophomore Lauren Whitlatch gave the Quakers (22-4, 11-1) the lead and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
It was the three that carried the Red and Blue on the night — they went 8-for-16 from beyond the arc as Whitlatch sank four of six and guards Anna Ross and Kasey Chambers each added a pair.
“I thought Kasey’s three up top was big,” Penn coach Mike McLaughlin said.
The popular wheel-heeled sneakers of elementary school days are making a comeback among team members.
It’s the last week of the season, and there’s currently a tie for first place. Get your popcorn.
After attempting just six three-pointers her entire freshman year, Lauren Whitlatch emerged as the Quakers’ new sharpshooter heading into her sophomore season.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
This was supposed to be the year in which Penn women’s basketball broke what has become the standard in the Ivy League.
NEW YORK — Things are going to be interesting down the stretch for Penn women’s basketball.
After losing for the first time in Ivy League play at Cornell on Friday, 51-46, the Quakers rallied to beat down Columbia, 60-42, Sunday afternoon.
ITHACA — This was certainly a situation they aren’t used to. For the first time in Ivy play, Penn women’s basketball found itself trailing at the half, down, 29-25, at Cornell on Friday.
The rest of the Ivy League is running out of chances to stop Penn women’s basketball.
Nine games into 14-Game Tournament, the Quakers (20-3, 9-0 Ivy) remain perfect — and only Princeton has even kept the game to single digits with a 50-48 decision on Jan.
On Friday, Penn women’s basketball struggled to find the basket. On Saturday, they seemed incapable of doing anything but.
And yet both games they cruised to double-digit victories.
Behind a career-best 25 points from senior guard Kasey Chambers and a first-half team offensive performance for the record books, the Red and Blue cruised to its ninth straight Ancient Eight victory, topping the Bulldogs 77-59
This one was closer than it should have been.
After struggling to gain separation early in the contest, Penn women’s basketball extended its perfect run through the Ivy League, defeating Brown on the road, 69-59, on Friday.
Friday night, Columbia Athletics’ website featured the banner headline “Lions Become First Ivy Team To Score 50 Against Quakers Despite 71-51 Loss.”
It was a pretty accurate summation of how the first half of Ivy play has gone for Penn women’s basketball.
Three Ivy League doubleheader weekends, three sweeps, and a win against each of the seven other Ivies. You can’t ask for a better start to conference play.
Three Ivy League doubleheader weekends, three sweeps, and a 7-0 record in conference play.
In what was surely a must win for the Quakers, they did just that.
On Friday night within the safe confines of the Palestra, Penn routed Columbia in a 71-51 showing.
Penn (16-3, 5-0 Ivy) will host Columbia (12-9, 1-5) on Friday night before welcoming Cornell (13-7, 5-1) to the Palestra on Saturday.
The first-place Quakers will be taking on both their closest and most distant competition in the second-place Big Red and the last-place Lions.
It’s a Tuesday night game at Villanova for Penn women’s basketball. At tipoff, in the first chair on the bench, senior captain Keiera Ray intently watches a contest that she won’t be able to enter.
Donning her Penn sweats, she is still one of the players. And with clipboard in hand, she is now one of the coaches as well.
As the winter sports start to head down the final stretch, we discussed which Penn Athletics team has the most critical games this upcoming weekend.
If it seems like Penn women’s basketball is playing a slightly different game this year, that’s because they are.