KINGSTON, R.I. – A strong fourth quarter by senior captain AnnMarie Healy and freshman Madeline Raster led the Harvard women's basketball team (2-2) past Toledo, 76-70, Sunday afternoon at the Ryan Center on the final day of the URI Tip-Off Classic. Healy posted 20 points and five rebounds, while Raster added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Raster was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds over the weekend. Toledo (0-4) was paced by Ana Capotosto and Jay Bravo-Harriott with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Healy and Raster took over in the fourth quarter, combining for the first 15 points and 20 overall. The two posted a 7-0 run that ended at the 3:15 mark, pushing Harvard to a 67-59 lead. Toledo would not relent, scoring 11 of the next 15 points to pull within one, 71-70, with 23 seconds remaining. The Crimson would make its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Crimson scored seven of the first nine points of the third quarter to go up two, 39-37, at the 8:36 mark. Neither team would take more than a four-point lead over the next eight minutes and the two teams stood knotted at 52-52 when the third quarter horn sounded.
For the half, Harvard shot 12-of-27 (44.4 percent), including 4-of-9 from three. Toledo picked up an advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Crimson 21-16 and turning the margin into 11 second-chance points.
Toledo took its first lead of the game, 22-21, to start the second quarter, but Harvard answered immediately with an and-one play by sophomore Kirby Porter. The two teams stayed within a possession of each other until a 9-2 run by the Rockets pushed the score to 35-29 with 2:59 to play before the half. Taylor Finley dished to Kit Metoyer on the wing for a knock-down triple to pull the Crimson within three, 35-32, before the break.
The Crimson led throughout the first quarter, but could not push its lead to more than four. The Harvard defense did not allow a field goal from 4:01 to just before the buzzer, as a baseline jumper from Kirby Porter and two free throws by Destiny Nunley pushed Harvard out to its largest lead, 21-17, with 53 seconds to play in the stanza.
The Crimson returns home to take on Boston University Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Madeline Raster set her career high and scored in double-figures for the second-straight game with 16 points. AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the fourth time this season and the 27th time of her career with 20 points. It was the first time this season the senior has gone over the 20-point mark and fifth game in her career. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the third time this year. The Crimson moves to 1-1 with that starting five.