PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard women's basketball could not unseat No. 16/17 Princeton Saturday evening at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Crimson was led by 18 points apiece from senior forward Temi Fagbenle and junior AnnMarie Healy.
Fagbenle added 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. The Crimson (10-14, 3-7) shot 36.2 (25-69) from the field, but struggled from behind the arc, making just 3-of-23. Sophomore guard Kit Metoyer scored six points and added a personal-best eight rebounds, as well as four assists. Senior captain Erin McDonnell dished out six helpers.
Princeton (25-0, 9-0) remained unbeaten behind 23 points, five rebounds and eight assists from Blake Dietrick. Annie Tarakchian added a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the field over the first 20 minutes, shooting a combined 21-of-71 (29.5 percent). A hot-handed Healy scored six quick points to give the Crimson a slight 8-5 edge at the 17:27 mark. Harvard would expand its lead to as many as six, twice, including after a Fagbenle drive to make the score 15-9 with just over 11 minutes gone. The Tigers then composed an 11-0 run, capitalizing off Harvard's 0-for-5 stretch with four turnovers. Princeton held a 28-19 advantage at the break.
Healy pulled the Crimson within five, 28-23, with a turnaround jumper in the paint as Harvard scored the first two baskets of the second half. The Tigers answered with five of the next six scores to push its lead to 36-25. Two-straight buckets from Healy, including a jumper in the paint at the 14:39 mark, pulled the Crimson within nine, 40-31. The Tigers extended their lead to 21, 60-39, after an 18-8 spurt and would hold on to take home the 78-57 victory.
Harvard returns home next weekend to take on Cornell and Columbia. The game against Cornell can be seen Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Game Notes: Kit Metoyer grabbed a personal-best eight rebounds. For the 18th time this season and 58th time in her career, Temi Fagbenle posted double-figures with 18 points. AnnMarie Healy posted double-digits for the 14th time this season with 18 points. The Crimson has made a consecutive three-pointer in a program-record 181 games. The Crimson moves to 2-3 with the starting lineup of McDonnell, Fagbenle, Healy, Tummala and Metoyer. Fagbenle owns 1,094 career points to sit No. 16 all-time at Harvard.