Late Free Throw Lifts Purdue Over Women’s Basketball, 66-65

Photo by: Gil Talbot
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite three Crimson players scoring in double figures, the Harvard women's basketball team (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) was edged by Purdue (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten), 66-65, today, Nov. 11 at the Mackey Arena.

Sophomore Katie Benzan led Harvard with 16 points, followed by Nani Redford with 12 and Jadyn Bush at 11. Bush grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds, while Jeannie Boehm tallied four blocked shots.

Harvard got off to a strong start in the first quarter, opening the game with a 13-4 lead after triples from Benzan and Sydney Skinner. The Crimson defense continued to pressure as Harvard caused six turnovers and limited the home team to just 20 percent shooting to stop the Boilermakers' offense and take a 23-10 advantage into the second quarter.

Purdue began to battle back in the second frame, using a 4-1 run to close the gap at 35-30 nearing the end of the quarter. Sophomore Bush capped the quarter with five points, helping push Harvard into halftime with a 38-34 lead.

Through a third quarter full of back-and-forth action, the Boilermakers chipped back with a late 5-0 scoring run to come within one at 50-49. Despite balanced scoring throughout the quarter for the Crimson, the two teams went into the final frame knotted at 53-53.

Harvard took back the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, using a 4-1 run to go up by five at 60-55 midway through. Purdue made a late charge at the end of the quarter, taking its first lead of the game at 62-60 and eventually sealing the win with a free throw at 66-65.

Harvard Highlights
- The Crimson went 8-13 (61.5 percent) in shooting in the opening quarter, including 4-6 (66.7 percent) in three pointers.
- Harvard's defense caused 12 turn overs.

Game Notes
- Harvard now trails 0-1 in its all-time series with Purdue after meeting for the first time in program history today.

Up Next
Harvard will welcome LaSalle to Lavietes Pavilion this Wednesday, Nov. 14 for its home opener. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.