TAMPA, Fla. – Harvard women's basketball (4-3) could not sustain a hot start, falling to No. 24/23 USF, 86-59, Thursday evening at the Sun Dome. The Crimson was paced by senior captain AnnMarie Healy with 13 points and four rebounds.
Alisia Jenkins led the Bulls (4-2) with 27 points and 20 rebounds, while Courtney Williams chipped in a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Harvard was outrebounded 55-30 and shot just 23-of-62 from the floor after shooting 60 percent for most of the first quarter.
Knotted at 7-7, Harvard ripped off 12 of the next 16 points to pull out to a 19-11 lead at the 3:30 mark in the first quarter. The Crimson took a one-point edge, 22-21, into the first break after shooting 56.2 percent from the floor, including 44.4 from three.
The two teams traded baskets to start the second quarter before Williams posted nine points in an 11-2 run to give the Bulls a 34-26 advantage at the 5:43 mark. Healy earned two points with a turnaround jumper, but USF went into halftime leading, 40-30.
South Florida did not relent after halftime, scoring 10 of the first 11 points to push out to a 50-31 tally. The two teams remained even the remainder of the quarter, as the Bulls held a 67-47 after three quarters. The Bulls outscored the Crimson 86-59 in the fourth quarter to take home the 86-59 victory.
The Crimson will continue on to Fort Meyers to take on Florida Gulf Coast University Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the seventh time this season and the 30th time of her career with 13 points. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the fourth-straight game. The Crimson moves to 3-1 with that starting five.