KINGSTON, R.I. – Harvard women's basketball (1-2) fell to Rhode Island (1-2), 56-52, Saturday afternoon at the Ryan Center in the first game of the URI Tip-Off Classic.
The Crimson was led by 13 points from senior AnnMarie Healy. Freshman Madeline Raster and Healy dominated the boards with team-highs of eight rebounds apiece. The Crimson posted a strong showing from behind the arc, shooting 40 percent for the game while holding Rhode Island to 25-percent.
A number of Harvard players reached career highs, including sophomore Kirby Porter with 10 points, freshman Sydney Skinner with four points and six rebounds, freshman Nani Redford with four boards and Raster with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Trailing 30-26 at the half, the two teams matched evenly throughout the third quarter, as Rhode Island held a slim 12-11 lead.
Taylor Finley's and-one play helped the Crimson tie the game at 46 with 5:57 remaining. Porter's free throw put Harvard within two of Rhode Island with 0:44 remaining in the game, 54-53. Harvard couldn't convert on with 17 seconds remaining and the Rams' Samantha Tabakman made two free throws with three seconds remaining to seal the URI win, 56-52.
Harvard opened up the game with a jumper by AnnMarie Healy off a dish from Finley. With 3:23 remaining in the first stanza, Kit Metoyer hit a three in the corner, but the Rams responded with one of its own to lead, 10-8. The quarter would conclude with the Crimson outrebounding the Rams, 16-9, but Rhode Island ahead, 11-8.
Kirby Porter banked a three-point shot to knot the game at 17 with 4:50 left in the half. Rhode Island did not let that stop its momentum, as it persisted with five more field goals to finish half with a 30-26 advantage.
The Crimson faces the loser of the Albany/Toledo game at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the third time this season and the 26th time of her career with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Kirby Porter and Madeline Raster each chipped in with 10 points apiece. The 10 points was a personal best for both players, while Raster's eight boards were also a career-high. Harvard moves to 0-1 with the starting lineup of AnnMarie Healy, Kirby Porter, Kit Metoyer and Taylor Finley. It marked the first start of Finley's career.