Women's Basketball Edged at Penn, Streak Ends at 16

Sophomore guard Madeline Raster had 10 points and six rebound to lead Harvard against Penn. (Gil Talbot)

A program record 16-game winning streak came to an end on Friday night (Feb. 3) as the Harvard women's basketball team (16-2, 4-1 Ivy League) fell, 63-43 to Penn (11-6, 4-0 Ivy League) at the Palestra. Sophomore guard Sydney Skinner had 11 points, and classmate Madeline Raster added 10 points and six rebounds for Harvard, which could not overcome an off night from the field.

Harvard got off to a slow start in the opening quarter, hitting two of its first 17 shots, but stayed close to the Quakers. Junior forward Taylor Rooks (seven points, four rebounds) had four points and three rebounds off the bench in the opening quarter and Penn led 15-6 at the end of the opening 10 minutes of play.

Harvard's defense kept it in the game, as the Crimson slowed Penn's transition game, and held the Quakers to just 1-of-8 shooting to start the second quarter.

Trailing 20-6 midway through the frame, Raster helped keep Harvard in it, grabbing an offensive rebound for a putback, hitting a pull up jumper and drawing a foul for two free throws on consecutive possessions for the Crimson.

Harvard trailed 24-12 at the half, and stayed in the game by holding Penn to 26.7% from the field (4-for-15) in the second quarter.

A third quarter flurry, including threes on back-to-back possessions by Skinner and freshman guard Katie Benzan helped Harvard cut to within 10 points at 33-23 with 5:13 to play in the frame.

But a 15-2 run for Penn to close the quarter pushed the Quakers ahead to a 45-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Harvard again started the quarter with a mini run, capped off by corner three from senior Destiny Nunley to make it 52-36 with 5:32 to play but Penn pulled away in the final minutes.

Harvard will take on Princeton tomorrow night with tip off at 6:00 p.m. The game will air on the Ivy League Digital Network

To watch the complete archived game of Harvard-Penn, click here.