Women's Basketball Falters at Princeton, 74-44

Women's Basketball Falters at Princeton, 74-44

Gordon scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in 12 minutes (Gil Talbot).

Princeton, N.J. – The Harvard women's basketball team suffered its second loss of the year to Princeton Friday night as the Tigers won their 13th straight game, 74-44, in Princeton, N.J.

Brogan Berry scored eight points and dished out two assists for the Crimson (13-11, 6-4 Ivy League), with Miriam Rutzen and Elise Gordon each chipping in six points. Elle Hagedorn led the team on the glass with seven rebounds, including three on the offensive end.

Harvard was held to just 33.3 percent shooting while Princeton (20-4, 10-0 Ivy League) connected on 41.1 percent of its attempts. The Tigers also held a 47-34 rebounding advantage over the Crimson and scored 35 points off 24 Harvard miscues. Lauren Edwards and Niveen Rasheed scored 17 points and 16 points, respectively, and each grabbed eight boards.

Despite the loss, Harvard remains one-half game behind Yale (15-10, 7-4 Ivy League) in the Ivy League standings after the Bulldogs' 56-52 loss at Columbia Friday.

Harvard struggled out of the gates as Princeton opened a 9-0 lead. Berry ended the Crimson's drought with a bucket in the paint and Emma Golen made it an 11-4 game with a 15-foot jumper. The Crimson fought its way back into the game with a 7-0 run, pulling to within 16-12 with 7:43 remaining. Rutzen began the stretch with a three from the corner, and Berry hit a jumper the next time down the court to cut Harvard's deficit to 16-10. Rutzen tacked on two free throws to make it a four-point game.

The Crimson trailed by the same four-point margin following a Christine Clark three-pointer, but 13 unanswered points to close the half pushed the Tigers'  lead to 32-15. Rutzen tallied six points in the frame to lead Harvard while Devona Allgood scored nine to pace Princeton. Both teams had their difficulty from the floor in the frame, as the Crimson shot 27.8 percent and Princeton 38.2 percent.

The Tigers pushed their advantage to 41-19 with a 9-4 run out of te break, and led 51-30 with 7:58 to play. Harvard received a spark off the bench in the form of Gordon, Erin McDonnell and Ali Curtis in the second half, as Gordon and McDonnell combined for nine quick points and Curtis forced two turnovers in her first two minutes on the court. Princeton's high-tempo offense continued to give the Crimson trouble, however, as it answered Harvard shot-for-shot.

The Tigers went on to outscore the Crimson 23-14 down the stretch en route to the 74-44 victory.

The Crimson will play its final road contest of the season tomorrow, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Penn.

Game Notes: Victoria Lippert moved into a tie with Jessica Gelman '97 for 14th place on Harvard's all-time scoring list with 1,045 points … Elle Hagedorn has led the Crimson on the glass in each of the team's last two outings … Harvard remains one-half game behind Yale for second place in the Ivy League after the Bulldogs fell at Columbia this evening, 56-52.