Late Comeback Not Enough as Women’s Basketball Falls, 70-64, to Dartmouth

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball (6-9, 1-1) dropped a 70-64 decision to Dartmouth Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior AnnMarie Healy paced the Crimson with 19 points in front of 711 fans on Alumnae Night.

The Big Green (6-12, 1-1) avenged an earlier loss to the Crimson as Kate Letkewicz poured in 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting and added a game-high 17 rebounds. Lakin Roland also posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dartmouth was hot from the floor, finishing at 25-of-51 (49.0 percent), while Harvard struggled at 21-of-66, including 6-of-32 from behind the arc.

Senior Shilpa Tummala added 16 points and a team-high eight boards in 32 minutes of play. Freshman Nani Redford and senior Kit Metoyer contributed eight points apiece.

Healy hit a turnaround jumper to give the Crimson an early 6-5 lead, but Dartmouth ripped off eight-unanswered points to push ahead, 14-6, with 1:12 to play in the first quarter. The two teams remained even for the remainder of the stanza, as the Big Green owned a seven-point advantage, 18-11, after 10 minutes of action.

Dartmouth spouted off an 11-5 run over the first six minutes to the second quarter to bring its lead to 13, 29-16. Two points in the lane by Healy ended a 6-2 spurt to pull the Crimson with nine, 31-22, at the 1:30 mark. Dartmouth went into the locker room ahead, 34-24.

Harvard pushed with seven, 36-29, with 2:30 gone in the third stanza. Kit Metoyer drove hard to the lane to complete the rally, but Andi Norman answered immediately with a triple from the wing. Harvard mounted its comeback starting at the 5:50 mark, posting nine unanswered points to pull within one, 41-40, two and a half minutes later. Dartmouth held a 50-45 lead after 30 minutes of play.

Nunley scored first in the final period and a bucket by Nani Redford narrowed the Dartmouth lead to two, 55-53, with 6:42 to play. The Big Green responded, but the Crimson would again crawl within one, 63-62, at the 2:29 mark after a triple by Tummala. Two free throws by Lakin with 37 seconds remaining gave the Big Green a three-point lead and Harvard would not convert on the ensuing play. Dartmouth made its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.    

The Crimson travels to New York to visit conference foes Cornell and Columbia Jan. 29-30. Harvard and Cornell meet Friday at 7 p.m., before the Crimson travels to New York City to focus on Columbia Saturday at 6 p.m.

Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 15th time this season and the 38th of her career with 19 points. Shilpa Tummala added 16 points for her 13th double-digit outing this year. The Crimson moves to 45-34 all-time against the Big Green. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the 12th-straight game. The Crimson moves to 5-7 with that starting five. Healy paced the Crimson in scoring for the ninth time this year.