Women’s Basketball Stopped at Penn, 67-38

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard women's basketball team had a four-game win streak halted as Penn rolled to a 67-38 win Saturday night at the Palestra. The Crimson was held to 18.3 percent shooting from the floor, connecting on 13-of-71 shots.  

The Crimson (13-5, 3-1) was led by senior captain Christine Clark, who neared a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. The 38 points scored marked the lowest for Harvard since Dec. 20, 1983, a 95-38 loss at Florida.

Four Quakers registered double-figures, led by Sydney Stipanovich, who closed in on a triple-double with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks.  

Both team struggled from the floor over the first 20 minutes, shooting a combined 14-of-62 as Penn took a 21-14 advantage into the locker room. A three by Clark put the Crimson up 9-8 with 9:25 to play, but a 13-2 Quaker run – including three triples from Renee Busch – pushed Penn ahead, 21-11 with just over two minutes to play. A trey by Shilpa Tummala narrowed the score to seven before the break.

Penn opened the second half with a 12-4 spurt over the first five minutes, pushing its lead to 15, 33-18. Back-to-back threes by Meghan McCullough and Alyssa Baron expanded the Penn lead to 20, 41-21. Harvard continued to chip away, cutting the lead to 16 twice, including at the 7:03 mark after a Kit Metoyer trey. The Quakers would not be denied, spouting off 13 of the next 15 points to hold a 59-33 advantage and take home the win.

Harvard will be on the road again next weekend, traveling to Brown and Yale. The Crimson and Bears tip off Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

Game Notes: The 38 points scored marked the lowest for Harvard since Dec. 20, 1983, a 95-38 loss at Florida. The 29-point loss is the worst in Ivy League play since Feb. 24, 2012 at Princeton (30). With 10 points, Christine Clark is now eight points away from Victoria Lippert '12 for No. 6 all-time with 1,513 points. The senior scored in double-figures for the 86th time in her career and 13th time this season. Nine players posted at least two points. Harvard moves to 11-4 with the starting lineup of Curtis, Clark, Mullins, Fagbenle and McDonnell.