HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A poor shooting effort doomed Harvard women's basketball (14-14) Thursday evening, as the Crimson dropped a 76-50 decision at Hofstra (23-8) in the first round of the WNIT.
Senior captain AnnMarie Healy paced the Crimson for the 16th time this season with 10 points as the lone double-figure scorer. Freshman Madeline Raster and senior Shilpa Tummala led the Crimson on the boards with six apiece.
Hofstra had four players in double-figures, led by Darius Faulk with 19 points and nine rebounds and Jakelle King-Gilchrist with 18 points and six boards. Aleana Leon paced the Pride on the glass, adding a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Harvard shot just 26.5 percent (18-of-68) from the field, including 7-of-30 from deep. The Pride connected at a 52.5 percent clip (31-of-59), including 8-of-19 from three.
With both teams knotted at 6-6, the Pride exploded for 18-unanswered points to hold a 22-6 lead after 10 minutes of play. The nearly seven minute scoring drought saw the Crimson miss five shots and cough up the ball five times.
Destiny Nunley started Harvard off with a jumper in the lane to open the second quarter, but the Pride doubled the Crimson in scoring output over the next six minutes to hold a 38-15 mark with three minutes to play before the break. Hofstra enjoyed a 41-19 advantage heading into the locker room. For the half, the Crimson shot just 6-of-29 (20.7 percent), while allowing the Pride to connect at a 54.8 percent clip (17-of-31). Harvard made just 2-of-12 from behind the arc, while Hofstra poured in 5-of-10.
Hofstra hit the first three of the third quarter, but the Crimson responded with a 14-4 spurt. Healy started the rally with two-straight layups and classmate Metoyer capped it with a knock-down triple from the wing. Harvard was within 15, 48-33, at the 4:08 mark. The two teams played fairly even the remainder of the stanza, as the Pride held a 58-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
Seven-straight points from Hofstra opened the fourth quarter score to 65-38 with 8:12 to play. The Pride kept its distance from the Crimson for the remainder of the game, advancing to the second round with a 76-50win.
Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 28th time this season and the 51st of her career with 10 points. With three triples, senior Kit Metoyer sits at No. 7 all-time with 127 career threes. The Crimson moves to 6-3 with the starting lineup of Healy, Tummala, Metoyer, Raster and Skinner. Harvard moves to 5-4 all-time against Hofstra. The Crimson moves to 0-4 when shooting under 30% from the field.