CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard women's basketball team fell to Princeton Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion, falling 75-71 in a down-to-the-wire matchup. With tonight's loss, the Crimson drops to 11-9 (4-3 Ivy) on the season, while the Tigers improve to 12-9 (4-2 Ivy).
Madeline Raster led the Crimson in scoring on the night, sinking 16 points off four made three-pointers and six shots from the field. The senior co-captain also dished out a team-high six assists in the contest against the Tigers. In total, five Harvard players tallied double-digits in the points column—Nani Redford, Katie Benzan, Jadyn Bush, Sydney Skinner and Raster. On defense, Jeannie Boehm picked up six defensive rebounds and posted four blocks.
Harvard established early offensive dominance with two strong scoring runs in the first quarter to pull out to an early lead over the Tigers. Raster was a critical play maker, dishing out four assists in the first ten minutes to help Harvard gain the advantage.
A seven-point scoring streak for Princeton gave them the lead over Harvard midway through the second. Although senior guard Skinner sank a clutch three to even the game at 28 all, the Tigers held a 38-33 margin over the Crimson headed into the locker room. Through two periods, Redford led the Crimson in scoring with eight points, going 3-4 from the field and 2-2 from long-range.
The Tigers maintained the lead moving into the third quarter, putting up an uninterrupted 11-points. Strong ball movement and increased defensive pressure allowed the Crimson to break down Princeton's advantage to single digits as the teams moved into the final frame of play.
Harvard continued cutting down Princeton's lead, getting within five points of the Tigers with minutes left to play. With seconds on the clock, Raster hit back-to-back threes to get the Crimson within two, but two late free throws ultimately sealed the game for the Tigers, 74-71.
-Captain Madeline Raster led the Crimson in scoring with 16 points off of four made three-pointers and six shots from the field. The senior also dished out a team-high six assists in tonight's matchup.
-Five Crimson players finished the night in the double-digits in scoring –Nani Redford, Katie Benzan, Jadyn Bush, Sydney Skinner and Madeline Raster.
-Jeannie Boehm commanded the defense for Harvard, posting four blocks and picking up six defensive rebounds against Princeton.
-Nani Redford finished the night perfect from distance, going 3-for-3 from the three-point line.
-With today's loss, Harvard drops to 41-43 in the all-time series with the Tigers.
The Crimson returns to Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 16 to host Penn at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.