Philadelphia: We enter the first day in March and the drama that is March Madness has arrived and we had an interesting Women Basketball game on Friday night from the Palestra as the Penn Quakers took on Harvard Crimson. Penn came into the game with 18-5 (8-2 in Ivy League) and off a loss to Princeton on February 26 while the Crimson enter battle with 14-9 (7-3 in Ivy League) and off a win over Yale on February 23. In Women’s college basketball, they play 4 10 minute quarters instead of 2 20 minutes halves.
Harvard would score the games first 6 points before Penn would get on the board, The Quakers would take their first lead of the game at 8-6 on the basket from Eleah Paker. The Crimson would take a 16-14 lead at end of the first quarter. The Quakers would answer back in the second quarter and this is would be a very tight quarter as the Quakers took a 28-27 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Quakers would make things difficult for Harvard as they would grow an 11 point lead at 48-37 with 3:11 left in 3rd quarter, Phoebe Sterbs would make some big shots in the quarter including a shot at the buzzer to end the 3rd quarter.
In the 4th quarter, The Quakers would keep the pressure on Harvard as they would get the lead up to 8 at 54-46 with 6:49 left. Harvard would tie the game at 56 with .6 on the clock from Jadyn Bush.
The game would head to OT Tied at 56.
In the overtime, the Quakers would take it to Crimson as they would make their shots down the stretch lead by Michae Jones with clutch foul shots.
Penn would take down Harvard 75-50 in OT and in the process clinch a spot in the Ivy League tournament,
With the win, the Quakers are now 19-5 (9-2 in Ivy League) and now get ready to take on Dartmouth on March 2 while Crimson falls to 14-10 (7-4 in Ivy League) and take on Princeton also on March 2.
Michae Jones: 19 points, 6 rebounds
Phoebe Sterba: 15 points, 3 rebounds
Ashley Russell: 11 points, 6 rebounds
Sydney Skinner: 17 points, 3 rebounds
Nani Redford, Katie Benzan, Madeline Raster each with 10 points
Penn Michae Jones:
Penn Phoebe Sterba:
Penn Coach Mike McLaughlin: