Harvard Falls to No. 15/16 Florida State in Final Non-Conference Game

Elle Hagedorn scored a career-high 11 points in Thursday night’s game (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Harvard fell to No. 15/16 Florida State, 96-52, at the Tucker Civic Center Thursday night. Elle Hagedorn led the Crimson with a career-high 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting, including a 3-for-5 effort from beyond the arc. Freshman Miriam Rutzen pulled down a team-high six rebounds and had three steals.

With the game tied at 4-4 early in the first half, the Seminoles went on a 7-0 run, holding the Crimson scoreless for over four minutes before a jumper by freshman Victoria Lippert brought the score to 11-6. Harvard stayed close early in the half, with back-to-back three pointers by junior Jackie Alemany and sophomore Brogan Berry, but the Seminoles responded with back-to-back treys of their own.

The Crimson cut the Seminole lead to as little as six in the first half, but the Florida State defense wouldn’t let the score get any closer as Harvard trailed, 40-24, going into the half.

In the second stanza, the Crimson went scoreless for over six minutes, until Hagedorn connected on a three-pointer at the 7:23 mark. The Seminole defense proved to be too much for Harvard, as the Crimson shot just 21.8 percent from the field.

Harvard went 10-for-13 from the free throw line and connected on 8-of-28 attempts from behind the arc. The Crimson was outrebounded, 55-34.

After four consecutive road games, Harvard returns to Lavietes Pavilion next weekend to host Columbia, Jan. 29, and Cornell, Jan. 30.