PHILADELPHIA - The Columbia women's basketball team suffered its third straight Ivy League loss in Philadelphia Friday, falling to Penn, 75-50. The Quakers had the advantage for the entirety of the contest, never letting the Lions get the lead. With the loss, Columbia is now 2-15 overall and 0-3 in the Ivy League.
Penn freshman Renee Busch opened the scoring for both teams with a three-pointer, and added a jumper and two free throws to score the Quakers’ first seven points in two minutes, putting Penn up 7-2 at 18:15. Four minutes later, Busch added another three, and Penn had a 14-6 lead over the Lions.
Columbia got into foul trouble early, racking up four fouls in the first six minutes, and hitting the team limit at 7:44 in the first half. Penn scored nine of their first half points from the charity stripe, and held a 37-24 lead going into the break.
Senior Melissa Shafer had a three-pointer at 17:46 in the second half to close Penn’s lead to 10 points, 39-29. That was the closest the Lions would come for the rest of the night. The second half saw the Quakers shoot 50% from the field, including a 5-0 run from Alyssa Baron to reopen the game for Penn at 17:19.
The Quakers, sparked by a three-pointer from Katy Allen at 10:34, went on a 17-5 run to close out the game and take the win, 75-50.
Junior Tyler Simpson had 19 points and six rebounds, leading the Lions in both categories. Sophomore Taylor Ward added 10 points, while classmate Nicole Santucci had eight points and six rebounds in the loss.
Up next for Columbia is the first double Ivy League weekend of the year, as the Lions will host Dartmouth, Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m., and Harvard, Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m.
Sophomore Nicole Santucci got her first collegiate start Friday against the Quakers, and hit four different career highs, including points (8), rebounds (6), free throws made (4) and free throws attempted (8) … first-year Campbell Mobley also had a strong game for the Lions, playing a career-high 16 minutes, and notching new career highs in points (3), steals (1), rebounds (2) and free throws (1-for-2) … Penn had five players score in double figures, including Busch (20 pts.), Baron (13), Allen (12), Kara Bonenberger (10) and Jackie Kates (10) … Columbia struggled from behind the arc, shooting 4-for-16 (25%) … Penn shot 78% from the free throw line … it was Penn’s first Ivy League win of the season.