Women’s Basketball Downed by No. 19/21 Princeton, 96-46

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball dropped a 96-46 decision to No. 19/21 Princeton Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson (8-9, 1-2) was paced by senior forward Temi Fagbenle with 13 points.

Junior guard Shilpa Tummala chipped in nine points and five rebounds. Freshman Kirby Porter posted a career-high seven points, adding three rebounds.

Harvard was limited by 15-of-63 (23.8) shooting from the field, including just 3-of-16 from behind the arc. Princeton clicked at 59.3 percent, including 9-of-15 from three.

It marked the points given up by the Crimson since at DePaul in the season opener last year (99 points). It was the most points given up to an Ivy team since March 7, 2000 (96 against Dartmouth).

Princeton's (18-0, 2-0) Blake Dietrick paced a quartet of double-figure scorers with 18 points. Amanda Berntsen and Annie Tarakchian added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Vanessa Smith chipped in 14 points off the bench.

The Tigers connected on 10 of their first 12 shots over the first 10 minutes to take a 27-13 lead after a triple by Michelle Miller. The Crimson responded with six-unanswered points over the next 90 seconds to pull within eight, 27-19, but Princeton continued to build its lead, scoring 17 of the final 24 points to end the half. The Tigers took a 44-26 advantage into the locker room.

McDonnell started the half with back-to-back buckets, including a second-chance jumper at the 18:26 mark, but Princeton would not relent, pushing its lead to 31, 61-30, with 12:37 to play. Princeton would coast from there, ballooning its lead to 96-46 at the final buzzer. Over the final 20 minutes, the Crimson registered just six field goals, connecting at a 17.6 percent clip.  

Harvard returns to action tomorrow against Penn. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion and will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN3.

Game Notes: The Crimson has made a consecutive three-pointer in a program-record 174 games. Temi Fagbenle registered her 14th double-figure game of the season and 54th double-digit effort of her career with 13 points. The Crimson moves to 2-1 with the starting lineup of Temi Fagbenle, AnnMarie Healy, Erin McDonnell, Shilpa Tummala and Ali Curtis. Fagbenle is nine points away from her 1,000th career point. This marked the most points the Crimson allowed an Ivy team since March 7, 2000 against Dartmouth (96). Harvard allowed 99 points in the season opener against DePaul a year ago. The Crimson falls to 0-2 against ranked opponents in 2014-15. Kirby Porter posted a career high with seven points.