Women’s Basketball Tripped Up at Penn, 62-46

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard women's basketball seniors combined for 38 points, but it would not be enough as the Crimson fell to Penn, 62-46, Saturday evening at The Palestra. Harvard ends the Ivy League slate at 14-13 overall and 9-5 in conference action.

Senior captain AnnMarie Healy paced Harvard with 15 points, adding five rebounds and three steals. Senior captain Kit Metoyer added 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists, matching a career high. Senior Shilpa Tummala posted 10 points and five boards.

Penn (23-4, 12-1) was paced by Michelle Nwokedi with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Kasey Chambers and Anna Ross chipped in 10 points apiece.

The Crimson was undone by a 28.6 percent shooting mark, adding 18 turnovers. Penn shot 33.8 percent from the floor and outrebounded Harvard by a 51-37 margin.

The two teams traded baskets until a 5-0 spurt by Tummala put the Crimson ahead 10-6 at the 3:44 mark. A three from the wing by Metoyer maintained the five-point advantage, 13-8, but Penn would creep within one after four-straight points. Kirby Porter nailed a jumper as time ran down to give the Crimson a 15-12 edge after 10 minutes of play.

The Quakers started the second quarter on a 10-0 run, pushing out to a five-point advantage, 20-15, at the 5:02 mark. Taylor Finley scored in the paint off a dish from Madeline Raster, but Penn answered with five-straight points to take a 27-17 lead into the break. The Crimson hit just 1-of-15 from the floor in the second stanza and shot 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from the field over the first 20 minutes. Harvard's play was also marred by 10 turnovers.

Penn pushed out to a 31-18 lead before Healy scored six Crimson points. The Quakers responded immediately, posting a 5-0 spurt to go up, 38-24, with under two minutes to play. Kasey Chambers hit a three as the buzzer sounded to give Penn its largest lead to that point, 46-26, after three quarters.

Tummala knocked in a triple to start the fourth quarter, but the Quakers had an answer for each Harvard bucket. The Crimson outpaced the Quakers 20-16 in the final stanza, but it would not be enough to overcome the home team.  

Game Notes: The Crimson moves to 6-2 with the starting lineup of Healy, Tummala, Metoyer, Raster and Skinner. Shilpa Tummala posted double-figures for the 20th time this season. AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 27th time this season and the 50th of her career with 17 points. With three triples, senior Kit Metoyer sits at No. 7 all-time with 124 career threes. Metoyer posted her 17th career game with double-figures with 11 points. Healy paced the Crimson for the 15th time this season.