Women’s Basketball Edged at Stony Brook, 64-63

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Free throw shooting proved to be the difference as the Harvard women's basketball team (4-7) dropped a 64-63 decision at Stony Brook Wednesday evening. Senior Shilpa Tummala paced the team for the second-straight game and ninth overall with 14 points, adding a team-high six rebounds.

Knotted at 62-62, the game would be decided from the free throw line, as Stony Brook (8-5) hit 2-of-4 over the last 2:24, and Harvard made 1-of-4 from the stripe and missed two field goals. Senior AnnMarie Healy added 13 points in the loss and classmate Kit Metoyer chipped in 12 points, all in the second quarter.

Stony Brook was paced by Brittany Snow with 17 points, as Ogechi Anyagaligbo added a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds at IFCU Arena. Davion Wingate and Christa Scognamiglio added 14 and 11 points, respectively. Wingate sealed the free throw that proved to be the difference.

Harvard hit its first three shots to take an early 7-3 advantage before Stony Brook answered with nine-straight points to push ahead, 12-7, at the 5:01 mark. Redford nailed a three on the wing as the buzzer expired to pull the Crimson within three, 17-14, after 10 minutes of play.

Metoyer caught fire in the second quarter, hitting four triples over the first five minutes. The fourth – from the corner – ended her own 12-6 spurt that gave the Crimson a 28-23 advantage. Tummala dropped in a triple to give Harvard its largest lead of the half, 33-25, and the Crimson went into the locker room ahead, 35-30. Over the first 20 minutes, Harvard shot 13-of-27 (48.1 percent), including 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) from behind the arc.

Tummala pitched a perfect pass to Redford on the break, as the rookie connected on the break to push the Crimson lead to nine, 44-35, at the 6:30 mark of the third quarter. Stony Brook battled back with eight of the next nine points to pull within two, 45-43, but Redford forced a turnover and Sydney Skinner converted on the break to give Harvard some breathing room. The two teams went into the fourth quarter even at 47-47.

The two squads remained within a basket of each other, until a five-point spurt, ending with a triple off a baseline out-of-bounds play, gave the Seawolves a 60-55 advantage at the 4:52 mark. Tummala answered immediately with a trey from the top of the key and a free throw by the senior pulled Harvard within one. Skinner knotted the game again, 62-62, with a triple from the wing with less than three minutes to play.

The Crimson wraps nonconference action on its next road swing at Samford Jan. 2 and Chattanooga Jan. 4.

Game Notes: Kit Metoyer scored in double-figures for the sixth time this season with 12 points. Shilpa Tummala scored 10-plus for the ninth time this year with 14 points. AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 11th time this season and the 34th of her career with 13 points. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the eighth-straight game. The Crimson moves to 3-5 with that starting five. Harvard drops to 2-1 all-time against Stony Brook.