Women’s Basketball Falls to UPenn in Fourth Quarter

On a dreary Wednesday night in February, Newman Arena unexpectedly came to life in the fourth quarter of a razor thin, back-and-forth contest between Women’s Basketball and the Quakers of Pennsylvania. In a game where each team performed almost identically on paper in field goal attempts (23-22), rebounds (38-36), turnovers (13-16) and assists (13-15), there is one glaring difference on the statsheet: UPenn (12-13, 7-6) attempted 20 free throws compared to the Red’s (9-15, 4-9) eight attempts at the charity stripe. 

To make matters worse, the gulf between free throw attempts was nonexistent heading into the fourth quarter of a one-point game. In fact, trailing 51-50 at the end of the third quarter, the Red had visited the line six times compared to the Quakers’ four free throw attempts. In a final period defined by controversial calls, 12 of the Quakers’ 19 points came at the line, while the Red posted a meager seven points with only two free throw attempts in the quarter. With this fourth quarter advantage, UPenn ultimately went home with a conference win, defeating the Red 70-57.

Cornell Cancels Sunday’s Basketball Games

As part of the University’s announcement that campus would move to alert level red, Cornell announced Tuesday morning that the men’s and women’s basketball games scheduled for Sunday at Newman Arena were canceled.

Women’s Basketball Looks to Win Fourth Straight Home Game

After three consecutive home wins to begin the season, the Red will look to extend its streak when the team hosts Drexel (3-2) on Saturday. Cornell has not won its first four home games since the 2003-2004 season. “We feel that we need to defend our home court and use that advantage to its full potential,” said senior forward Nicholle Aston. “We know the space and are confident here the most.”

In six previous meetings all-time, Cornell (5-2) has never defeated the Dragons, with the last game between the two resulting in a 62-53 Drexel win in 2014. “This game is our biggest test thus far,” Aston said.

Cornell Women’s Basketball Tops New Hampshire, Loyola to Open Season

Despite trailing at halftime in each of its first two games, Cornell was able to pull out closely contested victories against New Hampshire and Loyola to open the season. Head coach Dayna Smith said she has relied on her seniors this year, comprising the entire starting lineup. “Our seniors are going to lead this team all year,” Smith said. “They have earned it, and have been through all types of games, and they are great role models for our younger players, so I hope we can ride our seniors all season long.”

Against New Hampshire (0-1), the Cornell trailed by double-digits for nearly the entire first half; however, the Red (2-0) was able to go on a 6-0 run in the final two minutes of the second quarter to cut the deficit to three at the half. “I think that since most of us are seniors, we understand that we are able to bounce back from a 10-point deficit, and we showed that tonight,” said senior guard Megan LeDuc.