Women’s Basketball Drops 64-44 Decision in Fordham Holiday Classic Championship

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

BRONX, N.Y. – Junior forward Temi Fagbenle posted her fifth-straight double-double, but it would not be enough as Harvard women's basketball fell at Fordham, 64-44, Monday afternoon at Rose Hill Gym.  

With 11 points and 12 rebounds, Fagbenle owns the longest streak of double-doubles since Hana Peljto in 2003-04 (nine). For her efforts, the junior was named to the Fordham Holiday Classic all-tournament team. Senior captain Christine Clark and junior forward Erin McDonnell each added 10 points for the Crimson (9-4).  

Fordham's Erin Rooney led all scorers with 19 points. Samantha Clark poured in 12 points and added eight rebounds for the Rams (11-2). The Rams hit 10 three pointers, including seven over the first 20 minutes, while the Crimson struggled from the field, connecting on just 14-of-52 shots (26.9 percent).

A barrage of threes gave the Rams an early 12-4 lead at the 16:22 mark before Harvard responded with a 6-0 spurt to pull within two, 12-10. Rooney nailed a three from the wing, starting a 20-6 Rams run to end the half. Over the 12 minute stretch, the Crimson failed to convert a field goal, finishing the half just 3-of-20 from the floor. Harvard did connect on 9-of-11 free throws to trail Fordham 32-16 heading into the break.

Harvard posted six of the first nine points to start the half, but Fordham ripped off a 6-2 run to push the lead to 17, 41-24. A second-chance layup from Fagbenle and a Clark trey from the wing brought the Crimson within 12 with 14:03 to play, but Harvard could get no closer. The Rams extended their lead to 20 with a 10-3 run over the final five minutes.  

Harvard will have a lengthy layoff before opening Ivy League play at Dartmouth Jan. 11. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Game Notes: The five-straight double-doubles marks the longest streak for a Crimson player since Hana Peljto earned nine-straight in 2003-04. It marks Fagbenle's 14th career double-double performance and seventh of the season. The seven through 13 games matches Fagbenle's total from a season ago. Fagbenle has scored double-figures 30 times in her career. With 10 points, Christine Clark holds the No. 8 all-time on the Harvard scoring list with 1,430 career points. The senior scored in double-figures for the 81st time in her career and eighth time this season. Erin McDonnell scored in double-digits (10) for the ninth time this season and seventh time over the last eight games. The 16 first half points marked the fewest for the Crimson since Feb. 24, 2012 vs. Princeton (15 points). Harvard moves to 7-3 with the starting lineup of Curtis, Clark, Mullins, Fagbenle and McDonnell. Christine Clark started her 98th game for the Crimson.