HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard women's basketball team (7-6, 0-1 Ivy) fell in the first game of the Ivy League slate at Dartmouth, 63-56, Saturday afternoon. Senior Taylor Rooks led all scorers with a career-high 23 points.
Dartmouth built its lead in the opening half, hitting on 50 percent of its attempts from the field and seven players converting a bucket. The second quarter proved fruitful for the Big Green, as it was 8-of-12 from the floor, outscoring the Crimson 17-9 in the frame to take a 31-19 lead into the locker room at the half.
Harvard's offense began to hit its stride in the third quarter, tallying 18 points in the frame. Senior Taylor Rooks led the charge, hitting from long range on a pair of occasions. Sophomore Katie Benzan set Rooks up in transition for the first and then after a possession of good ball movement, Skinner teed up Rooks for another.
In the fourth quarter, the Crimson continued to chip away at the lead, closing the gap to as few as five points on two occasions. Early in the quarter, Skinner dribbled the length of the floor and finished a contested lay-up, followed by a Rooks three and a Jeannie Boehm bucket from inside the paint to make it 51-46. Dartmouth attempted to pull away again down the stretch, but another Skinner lay-in with 26 seconds left cut the Harvard deficit to 61-56.
For the Big Green, Cy Lippold made a pair of free throws following the Skinner basket and Harvard was unable to convert on its next possession to complete the 63-56 win in favor of Dartmouth.
- Senior Taylor Rooks had a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double this season. Her nine made field goals was a new career-high as well.
-Harvard outrebounded Dartmouth 44-32.
- Harvard falls to 25-19 all-time in Ivy League openers.
- The Crimson and Big Green will rematch Jan. 20 at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard will host La Salle at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 to conclude the out-of-conference portion of its schedule. Fans can watch the game live on NESN and the Ivy League Network.