Women’s Basketball Falls to Princeton, 68-47, in Ivy League Tournament

Women’s Basketball Falls to Princeton, 68-47, in Ivy League Tournament

Sophomore Madeline Raster had 11 points and three rebounds to lead Harvard against Princeton. (The Ivy League)

Sophomores Madeline Raster and Sydney Skinner each scored 11 points for the Harvard women's basketball team (20-8, 8-6 Ivy League), but the Crimson fell to Princeton (16-12, 9-5 Ivy League) by a score of 68-47 in the Ivy League Tournament semifinal round Saturday evening.

Bella Alaire paced the Tigers with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Leslie Robinson had 15 and 11.

The Crimson shot 18-of-63 (.286) for the game, while Princeton connected on 42.3 percent (22-of-52) of its chances.

Harvard had a slow start, but answered on a drive by Raster and fadeaway jumper from Destiny Nunley to make it a 5-4 game at the first media timeout.

The Crimson continued to stay in striking distance with good defense, cutting the Tigers' lead back to one on back-to-back steals, the first leading to a Raster layup, and the second a Katie Benzan three to make it 10-9 Princeton.

Harvard stayed within one point thanks to a clutch offensive rebound and putback by Taylor Rooks as the first quarter buzzer expired to make it 12-11.

Jeannie Boehm got going in the second quarter, hitting back-to-back layups to help Harvard keep pace.

Princeton used a 9-0 run to take a nine-point lead heading into the break, as the Crimson were held scoreless over the final 5:14 of the second quarter.

The Tigers began the second half on a run to extend to 34-18, forcing a timeout 2:50 into it. 18-2 run extending into the second half. Skinner kept the Princeton lead in check, scoring 10 points in the third quarter, including a three pointer to make it 41-28 with 2:52 to go in the third quarter. But a 9-3 Princeton run to end the frame put the Tigers up 49-31 heading into the fourth.

The Crimson continued to fight, as Boehm hit a scoop shot in the lane, and Benzan's three in transition pulled the Crimson to within 14.

Harvard got the lead to 10 points on a 6-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, capped off by Benzan's baseline jumper with 6:10 to go to make it 52-42.

But a 7-0 Princeton run put the game out of reach for good.