February 28, 2014

Women's Basketball Tripped Up by Penn, 70-54

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Carly Wellington netted 15 points and six rebounds but Sydney Stipanovich's double-double paced the Penn Quakers (18-6, 8-2 Ivy) to a 70-54 victory over the Brown women's basketball team (8-17, 2-9 Ivy) on Friday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

 

Wellington's (Lake Oswego, Ore.) 15 points all came via the trey on Friday, as she connected on 5-of-7 attempts from behind the arc. The senior came just one point short of tying her career-high of 16 points recorded against Alabama State on Dec. 30. Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals to record double-digits for the 22nd time this season.

 

Plainview, N.Y. native, Rebecca Musgrove, added nine points and three assists while Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) totaled eight points and four rebounds.

 

Brown struggled to contain Quaker forward Kara Bonenberger as she led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting from the field.

 

After Penn jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, the Bears clawed back as Clarke and Bikofsky connected on treys as part of an 8-0 run to knot the game at 10 at the 13:51 mark.  Brown eventually opened a 20-14 lead on the strength of Wellington's season-high three first half treys, but Penn countered.

 

Trailing 22-21, the Quakers caught fire, embarking on a 15-4 run to close out the half on the strength over Kara Bonenberger's seven points over that span.

 

Penn opened the second half with a run to give them its largest lead of the game at 18 points with 16:03 to play.  A quick 6-0 run, led by Wellington's fifth trey of the game, gave the Bears some momentum and cut the deficit to 46-34.

 

Brown continued to battle, as Musgrove's put back with just over 11 minutes to play brought the Bears within nine, but they wouldn't get any closer as the Quakers salted the game away with a 20-13 run to close to the game.

 

The Bears will conclude their 2013-14 home schedule against Princeton tomorrow on Senior Night.  Lauren Clarke, Jordin Juker (Boise, Idaho), Carly Wellington, Jessica Eason (Mansfield, Mass.), and Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ontario) will be honored before the game at 6 p.m.