NEW YORK, N.Y. – Despite a pair of double-doubles from junior Jeannie Boehm and sophomore Jadyn Bush and four players in double figures, the Harvard women's basketball team (10-8, 3-2 Ivy) fell late to Columbia (6-12, 2-3 Ivy) at Levien Gymnasium tonight, Feb. 8.
Boehm and Bush led the Crimson at both ends of the court, tallying their fourth and 10th double-doubles on the season, respectively. Boehm registered 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Bush put up 11 points and 13 boards. Senior Nani Redford joined the duo in double figures, with a team-high and career-best 13 points, while Madeline Raster posted her seventh-straight game in double figures with 11.
Columbia started the game with nine unanswered baskets, building an early 13-2 lead in the opening five minutes of play. The Lions offense continued to pack on the pressure, widening its spread to 20 at the end of the first quarter. Harvard began to slow down Columbia's momentum as six points each from Mackenzie Barta and Rachel Levy cut our deficit to 17. The Crimson closed out the half on a 6-2 run, but was halted by the Lions' full-court press and trailed 42-27.
The teams traded baskets at the start of the second half, as Harvard came within 11 points twice throughout the first five minutes of the frame. The back-and-forth action continued, before Columbia ended the quarter on a 4-1 run to extend its advantage to 58-42. A 6-1 run helped the Crimson charge back in the beginning of the final frame to come within six at 62-56, however late free throws lifted the Lions to victory at 75-65.
- Senior Nani Redford recorded a team-high and career-best 13 points tonight.
- Jeannie Boehm and Jadyn Bush led the Crimson at both ends of the court, tallying their fourth and 10th double-doubles on the season, respectively.
- Junior Katie Benzan registered four steals.
- Four Crimson players scored in double figures against the Lions.
- Harvard falls to 63-4 in its all-time series against Columbia.
- The Lions bested the Crimson for the first time since 2015 and only the fourth time in program history.
Harvard will close out its five-game road stretch at Cornell tomorrow, Feb. 9. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.