Women’s Basketball Suffers Setback at Yale, 69-63

Sydney Skinner tied for the team-lead with 13 points Saturday at Yale (Gil Talbot).
Sydney Skinner tied for the team-lead with 13 points Saturday at Yale (Gil Talbot).
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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  The Harvard women's basketball team (14-9, 6-4 Ivy) and Yale (13-10, 6-4 Ivy) were tied at 63-63 with 2:46 to play, but the Bulldogs scored the game's final six points to edge of the Crimson in a fierce Ivy League battle Saturday night, 69-63.

Sydney Skinner and senior Taylor Rooks led the Crimson with 13 points. For the second night in a row, junior Madeline Raster came up one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points, grabbing nine rebounds and also dishing three assists.

A back-and-forth affair all evening, Yale took the first advantage in the opening quarter with an 18-9 spread. Harvard closed the first frame on a 7-0 run, capped by a Skinner triple, to make it an 18-16 contest after 10 minutes. Skinner was also responsible for giving Harvard its only lead in the second quarter with 1:28 on the clock when she knocked down another 3-pointer.

The Bulldogs used their own 7-0 run early in the third quarter to go back up 43-40. The squads continued to trade buckets throughout the period with Raster hitting jumpers on two occasions to put Harvard back up by one point.

In the fourth, Yale built a five-point lead to start, but sophomore Katie Benzan nailed one of her three 3-pointers in the game and Skinner followed with a layup in transition to even the score at 56-56. Another Benzan 3-pointer with 3:08 remaining made it 63-61 Harvard, but Yale was able to close out with the final eight points to take the victory.

Harvard Highlights:
- Harvard outrebounded the Bulldogs, 44-38.
- The Crimson swatted four Bulldogs' shots, while Yale recorded zero blocks.
- Junior Madeline Raster finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.

Game Notes:
- There were 10 lead changes and five ties Saturday.
- Harvard splits the season series against the Bulldogs with each team winning on their home court. The all-time series now stands at 52-32 in favor of the Crimson.
- Yale, Harvard and Dartmouth are all 6-4 in Ivy League play, tied for third in the standings, with four games left in the regular season.

What's next?
Harvard will host Penn and Princeton next weekend in its final two home games of the regular season at Lavietes Pavilion.