CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A poor shooting performance doomed the Harvard women's basketball team Friday evening, as the Crimson dropped a 68-48 decision to Penn in front of 831 fans at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior AnnMarie Healy paced Harvard (8-10, 3-2) with 18 points.
Senior Kit Metoyer added seven points and five rebounds. The Crimson struggled to connect from the field, shooting 16-from-64 from the field, including 4-of-29 from three.
Penn's Kasey Chambers poured in 18 points. Anna Ross neared a triple-double with 12 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for the Quakers (15-3, 4-0). Michelle Nwokedi added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Raster started off the scoring with a lay-up off the tip, but the Crimson went cold for the remainder of the quarter, missing the next 13 shots and allowing Penn to build a 16-3 lead.
Harvard's offensive troubles continued in the second quarter, as the Crimson went 4-of-30 (13.3 percent), including 0-for-12 from behind the arc, for the half. The Harvard defense allowed Penn just 31 points (12-of-37 shooting), but the Quakers held a 31-11 advantage after 20 minutes.
Penn scored the first seven points of the third stanza, but Harvard connected on three of the next six shots to bring the tally to 42-18 with 5:25 remaining. Chambers answered with a jumper, but Harvard ripped off seven-straight points to make the score 44-25 three minutes later. Penn responded with six of the final eight points to earn a 50-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Crimson started the fourth stanza with six of the first eight points and narrowed the advantage to 19, 54-35, at the 5:58 mark. Trailing by 22 two minutes later, Harvard connected on back-to-back triples to move within 16, 58-42, with 3:21 to play. Harvard outpaced Penn by three over the final 10 minutes, but the spurt would be too late, as Penn walked away with the victory.
Harvard will be back in action Sunday, Feb. 7 to take on Princeton. The game will tip at noon on ASN and NESNplus.
Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 18th time this season and the 41st of her career with 18 points. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the 15th-straight game. The Crimson moves to 7-8 with that starting five. The Crimson moves to 49-27 all-time against Penn.