PHILADELPHIA – Despite outscoring Penn in the second half, the Brown women's basketball team (8-14, 2-6 Ivy) couldn't rally from an early deficit as they dropped a 78-51 decision to the Quakers at the Palestra on Saturday night.
Sydney Stipanovich's double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Alyssa Baron's game-high 22 points and seven assists paced the Quakers to their 16th win of the season. Kathleen Roche chipped in 15 points for Penn as they outscored the Bears by a 22-8 margin in the paint on Saturday.
Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the way for Brown with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc while Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) sank three treys and finished with nine points overall on the night. The Bears got a solid contribution from the bench by junior Nelly Weledji (Overland Park, Kan.), as she tied a career-high with eight points and hauled in four rebounds. Freshman Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) added six points and tied a season-high with seven assists.
Stipanovich opened the scoring for the Quakers, as they jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead before Clarke hit two treys and recorded Brown's first eight points to keep the game tight. After Brown closed the gap to 9-8, Penn exploded for an 18-0 run to give them a 27-8 cushion with just over six minutes to play in the half.
Brown struggled against a stout Penn defense in the opening 20 minutes, as they held the Bears to just 5-of-23 shooting from the field while forcing 14 turnovers. Baron gave the Bears fits in the opening half as she connected on all five attempts from the field, including 3-of-3 from long range in tallying 17 points.
Weledji opened the Brown scoring in the second half with her first trey of the season but Penn continued to counter as Kathleen Roche and Stipanovich entered double digits in scoring to give the Quakers a 59-27 lead with under 12 minutes to play.
Brown started to gel at the midway point of the half, embarking on a 21-5 run while holding Penn without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes of action before Stipanovich's layup put the Quakers up 66-43 with 4:30 to play. The Bears trimmed the deficit to 22 points before buckets from Roche and Brooklyn Juday sealed the game away and handed Brown its fourth straight loss against the Quakers.
The Bears open a four-game home stand next weekend as they play host to Columbia on Friday before entertaining Cornell on Saturday.