Women’s Basketball Drops Nonconference Battle to Eastern Michigan, 85-81

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In spite of five double-figure scorers, Harvard women's basketball fell to Eastern Michigan, 85-81, at Lavietes Pavilion Tuesday night. Senior Kit Metoyer, freshman Madeline Raster, senior AnnMarie Healy, senior Shilpa Tummala and junior Destiny Nunley all recorded double-digits in the loss.

Eastern Michigan's (5-2) offense was led by junior Cha Sweeney, who had 31 points in the victory and shot 12-of-26 from the floor. Metoyer tallied a career- and team-high18 points for Harvard (4-5). Raster neared her career high with 15 points. Healy, Tummala and Nunley logged 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Harvard took control early, as it opened up with a 6-0 run which included a breakaway layup from Raster giving the Crimson an 11-5 lead with 6:16 remaining in the first stanza. Eastern Michigan continued to press, but Nunley recorded four-straight buckets to push the Crimson lead to five, 22-17. Harvard took a 22-19 lead into the second quarter.

The Eagles took their first lead of the game, 27-26, at 6:29 of the second stanza. The Crimson stayed hot, shooting 58.1 percent, while holding the Eagles to 38.5 percent and taking a 41-36 lead into halftime.

With a 9-2 run, Harvard opened up the third quarter with three scores behind the arc - one from Raster and two from Metoyer, to expand the score to 50-40, its largest lead of the game. The Eagles immediately responded as Sweeney drove past her defender drawing a foul and finishing with a free throw to finish a 10-0 run and knot the game at 50-50 with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter. The Crimson led by three heading into the fourth quarter.

The Eagles offense connected at the start of the fourth quarter, tying the game at 71-71 with a Janay Morton layup at 4:04. Healy connected on an and-one from the paint to put Harvard within one, 79-78 with 00:38 remaining. The Eagles would close the game with two free throws from Morton to give Eastern Michigan its fifth win of the season, 85-81.

Harvard closes out 2015 with road games at Fairfield Dec. 28, and Stony Brook Dec. 30.

Game Notes: For the fifth time this season, Kit Metoyer posted double-figures with 18 points, a career-high. AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the ninth time this season and the 32nd of her career with 13 points. Shilpa Tummala scored 10-plus for the seventh time this year with 12 points. Destiny Nunley registered double-digits for the third time in 2015-16 (11 points). Four players posted double-figures for the fourth time in five games. This marked the first time five players posted 10-plus points since Columbia on Feb. 28, 2015. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the fifth-straight game. The Crimson moves to 3-3 with that starting five.