CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team, paced by a combined 31 points from seniors Temi Fagbenle and Kaitlyn Dinkins, posted a 68-53 win over Colgate to start the 2014-15 season Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion.
Fagbenle paced the Crimson with 17 points, adding nine rebounds and two assists. Dinkins smashed her previous career high, hitting 4-of-5 treys to total 14 points, adding three assists against no turnovers in 25 minutes of action. Junior AnnMarie Healy rounded out the trio of double-figure scorers with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
For the game, Harvard dominated the glass, grabbing 11 more rebounds, including 13 on the offensive glass. The Crimson defense held the Raiders to 35.5 percent shooting, while on the other end connected on 24-of-55 shots (43.6).
Carole Harris of Colgate led all scorers with 19 points, adding nine rebounds. Josie Stockill chipped in 13 points and Paige Kriftcher added nine off the bench.
The two teams went back-and-forth to start the contest, knotted 19-19 after 10:36 of play. Kit Metoyer made a trey from the win and freshman Kirby Porter followed a missed shot to earn some second-chance points and put the Crimson on top, 24-19. Three minutes later and leading by three, Harvard spouted off seven-straight points to take its largest lead of the half, 33-23. An offensive rebound and put-back by sophomore Destiny Nunley capped the offensive spurt. Harvard went into the break with a 33-26 advantage.
An 8-0 spurt – sandwiched by jumpers from Fagbenle – put the score at 44-30 with just under 15 minutes left. Colgate made a strong surge during the middle of the stanza, dwindling the Crimson lead to three. Harris twice moved the Raiders into a position to tie, last at 9:06 of the second period.
The Crimson would take over from there, never allowing a lead closer than six and ending the contest on a 9-0 run to seal the 15-point win.
The Crimson heads to local foe Boston University Monday, Nov. 17. The game will be streamed on the Patriot League Network and will tip at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Senior captain Kaitlyn Dinkins made her first career start, smashing her previous career high (three points) with 14, shooting 4-of-5 from the field and behind the arc. Junior Shilpa Tummala also earned her first career start. Harvard is 20-21 all-time in season openers and 18-17 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. With the win, the Crimson snapped a three-game losing streak to start the season. Temi Fagbenle posted double-figures for the 22nd game of her career. AnnMarie Healy registered the second double-double of her career and her fifth in double-digit scoring. It marked the fourth time she has paced Harvard in boards.