CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind balanced scoring a scorching defense, Harvard women's basketball (11-11, 6-3) downed Columbia, 84-54, Friday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior Shilpa Tummala and freshman Sydney Skinner paced a quartet of Crimson double-figure scorers with 14 points apiece, as the Crimson held the Lions to 31.5 percent shooting (17-of-54) and 23 turnovers.
Skinner bested her career high, while senior captains Kit Metoyer and AnnMarie Healy added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Madeline Raster paced the Crimson on the boards with eight rebounds, as Harvard outrebounded Columbia (12-12, 1-8) by a 47-36 clip.
The Lions were led in scoring by Camille Zimmerman with 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds. Devon Roeper added 10 spoints.
The Crimson bumped out to an 8-2 lead, hitting each of its first three shots. Columbia answered with six-straight points and the two teams were neck-and-neck over the next three minutes. Leading 17-16, the Crimson scored eight of the final 12 points of the quarter to hold a 25-20 advantage at the first break.
Ahead by four at the 6:35 mark, Harvard posted a 14-3 run to finish the stanza and head into halftime with a 15-point advantage, 41-26. During the run, the Crimson defense pressured the Lions into 1-of-8 shooting from the floor and six turnovers. Harvard shot 43 percent (16-of-37) over the first 20 minutes, including hitting 6-of-13 (46 percent) from behind the arc.
Harvard continued to push at the open of the second half, not allowing a Columbia bucket until the 7:22 mark and expanding its lead to 19, 47-28. The Crimson was not done, spouting off seven unanswered – including Kelsey Bogdan's first career triple – to balloon its lead to 27, 57-30, with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter. Harvard held a 62-38 lead after 30 minutes of play.
Skinner capped a 15-6 run to open the fourth period with a knockdown three on the wing, expanding the Crimson lead to 33, 77-44. Harvard would coast from there, moving to 6-3 in league play.
Harvard will be back in action tomorrow to host Cornell. The game will be live on the Ivy League Digital Network and will serve as the Pack the House contest.
Game Notes: The President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History Drew Faust was the honorary coach for tonight's game. With two threes, senior Kit Metoyer sits at No. 10 all-time with 105 career threes. She needs 13 to pass No. 9 Suzie Miller '98 (117). For the 12th time this year, Metoyer posted double-figures with 13 points. Tummala registered 14 points, her 17th game in double-digits. AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 22nd time this season and the 45th of her career with 11 points. Sydney Skinner posted double-figures for the second-straight game and third time overall (14 points), a personal best. Nine Crimson student-athletes got on the board, including seven with five-plus points. Harvard moves to 59-3 all-time against Columbia, winning three-straight. It marked the first time four players have scored in double-figures since Jan. 9, 2016 at Dartmouth.