PRINCETON, N.J. – Despite a combined 45 points from senior captains Kit Metoyer and AnnMarie Healy, Harvard women's basketball (14-12, 9-4) could not overcome a strong fourth quarter by Princeton (22-4, 11-1), falling 79-69 Friday evening at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Metoyer neared her career high with 24 points, adding five rebounds. Healy posted her sixth 20-plus outing of the year with 21 points, adding seven rebounds and two assists. Senior Shilpa Tummala added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists, while freshman Madeline Raster chipped in eight points and four helpers.
The Tigers were led by a double-double from Annie Tarakchian with 24 points and 11 boards. Michelle Miller added 20 points and six assists, while Alex Wheatley chipped in 12 points.
Princeton hit its first two baskets to take a 5-0 lead, but the Crimson responded with nine of the next 11 points to hold a 14-7 lead with 4:44 left in the first quarter. Kit Metoyer started the spurt with a triple off a dish from Madeline Raster and ended it with another trey from the corner. The Tigers scored 10-unaswered points over the final 3:30 of the stanza to hold a 20-16 advantage after 10 minutes of action.
The Tigers continued their pace in the second quarter, ripping off 10 of the first 13 points, including an 8-0 run that pushed its lead to 30-19. Healy stopped the run with a jumper in the lane and the Crimson posted a 7-2 spurt to end the half, pulling within six, 36-30.
Both teams were hot coming out of halftime, with each team posting 21 points in the third stanza. Princeton pushed its lead to 10, 42-32, before the Crimson scored six of the next eight to narrow the lead to six again. After a three by the Tigers, two-straight triples by Metoyer pulled the Crimson within three, 47-44, at the 5:11 mark of the third quarter. Metoyer hit a runner in the paint to again narrow the Princeton lead to three, 54-51, with three minutes left in the third. The Tigers scored the final three points of the stanza to hold a 57-51 advantage with 10 minutes to play.
The home team would not relent, recording a 14-0 rally to open the fourth quarter and balloon its lead to 20, 71-51. Trailing 73-53 with less than four minutes to play, Harvard ripped off a 12-1 run to close the gap to nine, 74-65, with 1:45 remaining. The Crimson would get within eight twice, but could get no closer, taking the 10-point defeat.
Harvard heads to Philadelphia tomorrow for a matchup against Penn at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 26th time this season and the 49th of her career with 21 points. The Crimson moves to 6-1 with the starting lineup of Healy, Tummala, Metoyer, Raster and Skinner. Metoyer posted her 16th career game with double-figures with 24 points. Healy recorded 20-plus for the sixth time this season and Metoyer tallied 20-plus for the third time this season. With five triples, senior Kit Metoyer sits at No. 9 all-time with 121 career threes.