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Big Second Half Leads Penn by Cornell
ANDREW DISTLER- The Big Red led at the half, but couldn’t maintain its pace, as the Cornell women’s basketball team (11-8, 3-2 Ivy) fell to the Penn Quakers (13-5, 3-1 Ivy) Friday night at Newman Arena. Cornell led 36-35 at halftime, led by some sharp outside shooting and solid perimeter defense. However, the inside presence of Quakers 6’3 center Sydney Stipanovich led to many defensive breakdowns by Cornell, as Penn has several fairly uncontested layup attempts throughout the game.
Stipanovich, a freshman from St. Louis, finished with 14 points and 4 blocks in 32 minutes, while going 6 of 8 from the line. The inability of Cornell to guard the paint was magnified in the second half, as Penn started the half with a 19-2 run to all but put the game away. They were led by 5’10 guard Alyssa Baron, who was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points, on 9 of 18 shooting from the field, while finishing a perfect 7-7 from the line. The Miami, FL native and former McDonalds All-American nominee also had nine rebounds, as Cornell seemingly had no answer for her down the stretch. With 42 points between them, Stipanovich and Baron finished with almost two-thirds of Penn’s points. Cornell was led by the tandem of Nia Marshall and Alysson DiMagno, who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively. They led the charge in the first half, where Cornell shot an extremely efficient 50% (12-24) from the field, while making 5 of their first 6 three pointers. However, the tide turned quickly after the second half started.
After holding the Quakers to just 10 of 30 shooting in the first half, Cornell allowed them to shoot almost 50% in the second half, as Penn finished a respectable 40% (22-55) from the field, while going an impressive 6 of 12 from beyond the arc. Even though Cornell played very well against a perennial Ivy League favorite in Penn for one half, their concentration and execution suffered immensely in the second. As the Quakers were going on their run, the Big Red shot just 1 of 11 from the field, while having their ball movement on offense severely lag. They also started to turn the ball over at alarming rate, a trend that led to 18 Quaker points. Cornell finished with 21 turnovers, which was one of their worst performances of the season. The Big Red will look to rebound tomorrow night as they take on the Princeton Tigers at 6:00 pm at Newman Arena for it’s annual Pink Zone game to raise money for Cancer Research Center of the Finger Lakes.