HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite four players scoring in double figures, the Harvard women's basketball team (2-3, 0-0 Ivy) fell to Hartford (2-3, 0-0 AE) today, Nov. 21 at the Chase Arena.
Senior co-captain Sydney Skinner led the way for the Crimson, recording 19 points, her third consecutive game in double-digits. Joining Skinner in double figures were Katie Benzan (14), Jeannie Boehm (11) and Madeline Raster (10).
The Crimson and Hawks traded baskets en route to a 4-4 gridlock through the first half of quarter one. A defensive battle ensued through the opening frame, as the score would knot again at 7-7 before Hartford used a 3-0 run to cap the quarter with a 11-7 lead.
Benzan opened scoring in the second quarter with her first of two triples of the frame, before two buckets from Bush at the line cut Harvard's deficit to two at 14-12. Following a 5-1 run by Hartford, the Crimson chipped back at the score with baskets from Skinner and Stuhlreyer to go into halftime trailing by two at 25-23.
The three-pointer proved to be the comeback tool for the Crimson in the second half, as Benzan and Skinner each hit from behind the arc to give Harvard a 36-28 lead midway through the third quarter. After Skinner converted on her third triple of the frame, Boehm dropped in two baskets to guide Harvard to a 43-42 advantage heading into the final quarter.
An offense surge at the start of the fourth quarter gave Hartford the lead back at 50-45. The Crimson chipped away at its deficit coming as close as six points, but the Hawks held onto its their lead to seal a 73-60 victory.
- The Crimson held the Hawks to 7-for-28 shooting and forced 11 turnovers in the first half.
- Four Harvard players scored in double digits, led by Skinner with 19.
- Harvard recorded seven steals.
- Harvard falls to 6-5 in its all-time series against Hartford.
Harvard returns to action this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24 at the 2018 Warner Center Marriott Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at CSUN. The Crimson will first take on Jacksonville St. on Friday at 8 p.m. EST, and will face either host CSUN or Washington State in the third place or championship game on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 or 9 p.m. EST.