The women’s basketball team fell to the Quakers at the Palestra on Friday, 65-60.
Columbia (6-21, 3-10 Ivy) lost to Penn (20-6, 10-2) for the second time this season, dropping to seventh in the Ivy League. The Light Blue could not find an offensive rhythm until the game’s closing minutes, finishing the game with a 11-5 run to close the deficit to 15 points.
The Quakers jumped out to a 13-0 lead to open the game as first-year center Sydney Stipanovich contributing nine points. Penn would never relinquish its lead.
Columbia strung together a 10-0 response, capped off with a trey from senior guard Taylor Ward to bring the Lions within three almost halfway through the game’s first stanza.
However, shooting only 31.3 percent from the field, the Light Blue couldn’t keep up with Penn, which took a 34-19 lead into the half.
The second half featured more of the same, as Quaker forward Kara Bonenberger lit up the Lions, finishing with a game-high 21 points. Stipanovich recorded a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 boards.
First-year forward Tori Oliver continued to shine as the lone bright spot for the Lions offensively, nearing a double-double of her own with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Lions will be back in action at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Princeton.