CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A 14-1 run over the final two minutes would not be enough as the Harvard women's basketball team (5-8) fell at Chattanooga (9-5) by a 62-58 mark Monday evening at McKenzie Arena.
Senior AnnMarie Healy paced all scorers with 19 points. Senior Shilpa Tummala and junior Destiny Nunley chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Tummala and Nunley each pulled down seven rebounds, as the junior from North Richland Hills, Texas corralled five offensive boards. The Crimson was undone by 22-of-59 (37.3 percent) shooting, but made 3-of-5 from the field over the final two minutes.
Chattanooga got 16 points and nine rebounds from Jasmine Joyner. Moses Johnson added 11 points as nine players contributed to the final score. UTC shot 26-of-57 (45.6 percent) from the floor.
After the first quarter of play, Chattanooga earned a 16-10 advantage by using an 8-2 spurt over the final five minutes. Knotted at 8-8, the Crimson struggled from the field (1-of-7) and committed four turnovers to allow the UTC advantage.
Kirby Porter earned the first bucket of the second stanza, but Chattanooga made another push with six-straight points to expand its lead to 10, 22-12, at the 6:03 mark. Healy quieted the run with back-to-back jumpers and Nunley pulled the Crimson within four, 22-18, with two free throws (4:11 to play). UTC cruised from that point, outpacing the Crimson 11-2 to hold a 33-20 advantage at the break.
The Crimson scored seven of the first nine points to open the second half, but the Mocs responded immediately, ripping off an 8-0 run to boast a 16-point lead, 43-27, with 5:07 left in the third period. Sydney Skinner converted on an old-fashioned three-point play to spark a 5-0 rally, but six-straight points by UTC to close the stanza put the Mocs up, 49-32, with 10 minutes to play.
Nunley posted four of the first six points to open the final quarter, but Chattanooga answered with eight of the next 12 to garner a 59-40 advantage with less than four minutes to play. Harvard scored 14 of the final 15 points over the final two minutes, but it would not be enough as the Mocs walked away with the 62-58 win.
Harvard opens Ivy League play Saturday, Jan. 9 at Dartmouth. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Game Notes: Destiny Nunley posted double-figures for the first time since Eastern Michigan (Dec. 8) and fourth time this season (10 points). AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 13th time this season and the 36th of her career with 19 points. Shilpa Tummala added 11 points for her 11th double-digit outing this year. Harvard trails the all-time series with Chattanooga, 0-2. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the 10th-straight game. The Crimson moves to 4-6 with that starting five. Healy paced the Crimson in scoring for the seventh time this year.