PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Katie Benzan sank six three-pointers and netted 20 points, but the third-seeded Harvard women's basketball team dropped its Ivy League Tournament semfiinal matchup to No. 2 seed Penn by a score of 57-52 Saturday evening.
Harvard (18-10) and Penn (21-7) played a defensive first quarter as the game headed to the second stanza knotted, 8-8. In the second, the Quakers held the Crimson scoreless for the last 2:59 of the frame to carry at 23-18 advantage into the locker room. Jeannie Boehm led all players with seven rebounds in the first half.
Benzan nailed three treys to open the third quarter, as the Crimson grabbed a 27-25 lead in the opening minutes of the frame. Heading into the fourth, Penn led, 37-35, and Madeline Raster kept it a two-point game in favor of the Quakers after hitting a jumper in the lane with 6:54 left, 41-39.
Down the stretch, Penn upped its lead to 48-41 with 4:37 left, but Harvard responded to cut the deficit to three, 48-45, with 3:14 remaining. Benzan launched another trey with just under two minutes left to tie it up, 51-51. The Quakers responded with a three on the other end of the floor, 54-51, and held on for the 57-52 victory.
- Katie Benzan hit six three-pointers, giving her 97 on the year and extending her school single-season record.
- Jeannie Boehm collected 11 rebounds, giving her seven double-digit board games this season.
- Harvard is now 50-32 all-time against Penn.
- Harvard stands at 0-2 in games in the first two seasons of the Ivy League Tournament.
Harvard will await the NCAA tournament and WNIT selection announcements slated for the evening of Monday, March 12.