Princeton Ekes Out Women’s Basketball, 92-83, in Overtime Battle

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – An offensive battle between Harvard women's basketball and Princeton was decided in overtime, as the Tigers took home a 92-83 victory Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior AnnMarie Healy paced the Crimson (8-11, 3-3) with 21 points, while classmate Shilpa Tummala added a career-high 21 points.

Junior Destiny Nunley also matched her personal best with 12 points. The Crimson shot 32-of-63 (50.8 percent) from the floor and 13-of-18 from the line.

The Tigers' (15-4, 4-1) offense was led by five players in double-digits, including Michelle Miller with a game-high 28. Alex Wheatley finished with 16 while Annie Tarakchian and Amanda Bentsen posted 16 and 15, respectively.

The teams traded baskets for the opening two minutes of the game, until the Tigers went on a 13-0 run opening their lead to 13, 19-6. A Sydney Skinner layup halted Princeton's momentum and led Harvard to an 8-0 run, pulling the Crimson within six, 19-14.

As the shot clock wound down, Metoyer launched a three from 25 feet, putting the Crimson within five, 30-25 at the three-minute mark of the second quarter. Harvard scored eight unanswered and Healy capped the spurt with two free throws 3.7 seconds before the half to give the Crimson its first lead of the game, 31-30.

The Crimson outrebounded the Tigers 19-13 over the first 20 minutes and posted a 47.8 shooting percentage.  

The third quarter saw four ties, as Harvard responded to each Tiger basket and neither team could pull away by more than four points. Skinner nailed a jumper to wrap the scoring, beating a defender to close the gap to 53-51.

Tummala banked back-to-back baskets, including a three pointer, in the fourth putting Harvard up by one, 58-57, with 8:35 remaining in regulation. Nunley connected on a jumper to give the Crimson a three-point cushion, 60-57, however Princeton posted three-straight baskets to switch the tally, 64-60. Healy elevated to knot the game at 72-72 and the Crimson defense did not allow a bucket on the last possession to force overtime.

Princeton kicked off eight-straight points in the overtime to take a 80-72 lead with 2:58 left. Skinner registered a triple to put the game within four, 83-79. The Tigers connected on free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

The Crimson hits the road to take on local foes Brown and Yale next weekend. The contest against the Bears will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network for a 7 p.m. match, while the matchup versus the Bulldogs can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 19th time this season and the 42nd of her career with 19 points. Shilpa Tummala posted a career high with 21 points, her 15th time in double-digits. Destiny Nunley posted her sixth double-figure game, matching her personal best. Healy paced the Crimson for the 12th time this season. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the 16th-straight game. The Crimson moves to 7-9 with that starting five. The Crimson moves to 40-37 all-time against Princeton.