Women’s Basketball Falls to LA Tech, 83-64

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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ATLANTA – Harvard women's basketball (5-5) dropped an 83-64 decision to Louisiana Tech Monday afternoon in the first round of the Georgia Tech Holiday Classic at McCamish Pavilion. Senior forward Temi Fagbenle paced the Crimson with 16 points, adding seven rebounds. Senior captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins added 15 and 12 points, respectively to round out a trio of double-figure scorers.

For the game, the Crimson shot 36.8 percent from the floor, but was outdone by a 0-of-13 shooting drought that spanned from 7:16 of the first half to 17:15 of the second stanza. Tiara Davenport led all scorers with 19 points off the bench for the Lady Techsters, as Whitney Frazier added 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals. LA Tech utilized an up-tempo style to gain 16 fast break points and earned 51 points off its bench.  

The Crimson jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead just 32 seconds into play after a Dinkins three and a jumper in the paint by junior AnnMarie Healy. The Lady Techsters answered with six-straight points and the two teams battled within four points over the next eight minutes. A jumper by Healy and two free throws by Destiny Nunley gave Harvard a five-point advantage and back-to-back jumpers by Fagbenle held the lead steady until the 7:16 mark.

Over the next 10 minutes, the Crimson suffered from a 0-of-13 drought from the floor. The Lady Techsters capitalized on the opportunity, turning a five-point deficit (25-20) into a 17-point advantage (43-26). LA Tech went into the locker room up 10, 36-26.

Harvard cut the deficit to nine after a 15-7 spurt over a 2:21 span, trailing 50-41 at the 14:54 mark. LA Tech responded with nine-unanswered points to regain control, 59-41.

The Crimson blitzed defensively to try to regain control, but could get no closer than 13 points, as LA Tech took home the 83-64 victory.

Harvard will play the loser of the Georgia Tech/Lipscomb game in the consolation match Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.

Game Notes: Temi Fagbenle paced the Crimson for the sixth time this season with 18 points, adding seven rebounds. The senior has registered double-figures in 15 of the last 17 contests. Erin McDonnell registered her 22nd double-figure effort with 13 points, nearing a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds. Kaitlyn Dinkins registered the second double-digit game of her career and first since Colgate Nov. 15 with 12 points. A senior has paced the Crimson in all but one game this season. Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith used the starting lineup of Ali Curtis, Kaitlyn Dinkins, AnnMarie Healy, Temi Fagbenle and Erin McDonnell for the seventh-straight game. Harvard moves to 3-4 with this lineup. The Crimson moves to 0-1 all-time against LA Tech. Maggie Hartman saw her first action of the season near her hometown of Woodstock, Ga.