Women’s Basketball Ends WNIT Run, Falls 70-65 to Georgetown

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard women's basketball team saw an end to its WNIT run, falling 70-65 to Georgetown in a close contest at Lavietes Pavilion Sunday afternoon. The Crimson closes its season with a 17-14 (9-5 Ivy) record.

Hitting its stride in the second half, the Crimson finished with four players—Katie Benzan, Jeannie Boehm, Jadyn Bush and Rachel Levy—shooting for double-digits. In addition to scoring a team-high 17 points, Boehm posted a team-best eight rebounds in the matchup. On defense, Madeline Raster lead the charge alongside Boehm, picking up two steals and five defensive rebounds, respectively.

Early defensive pressure from Georgetown kept Harvard scoreless through the first four minutes of play, allowing the Hoyas to take a quick 6-0 margin. Senior Raster ended Harvard's scoring drought with a nailed jumper and kicked off a four-point run by the Crimson. Boehm put in work under the basket to lead Harvard in scoring through ten minutes, but strong perimeter shooting kept the Crimson at a five-point deficit at the end of the first. 

Looking to cut down the Hoyas lead, Skinner fired in a shot from range to put the Crimson within two. Georgetown broadened the lead once more off a 4-0 run minutes into the period, leaving Harvard down by 12 at the halfway mark. Battling to get within single digits, Levy, Boehm and Raster fired in shots late in the second, but the Hoyas maintained the 37-26 lead heading into the locker room.

Headed into the second half, Boehm put up back-to-back layups to cut down Georgetown's lead to just single digits. Strong rebounding by Bush kept the Crimson on the offensive charge, allowing Benzan to fire in a long-range shot to narrow the Hoyas' margin further to just five. Double-digit scoring from Benzan kept Harvard within range, trailing by just six points heading into the final frame.

A relentless offensive presence by the Crimson kept the teams close, with Harvard coming within two points of the Hoyas with just under five minutes left to play. After a free throw from Boehm made it a one-point game, Raster broke through the defense to give Harvard its first lead of the game off a layup. Retaking the lead from the Crimson off a breakaway basket, Georgetown decided the game off a pair of late free throws, ending the Crimson's postseason run, 70-65.

Harvard Highlights
- Four players—Katie Benzan, Jeannie Boehm, Jadyn Bush and Rachel Levy shot for double-digits today, with Boehm leading the team with 17.
- In addition to her team-high 17 points, Jeannie Boehm posted a team-best eight boards in the contest.  

Game Notes
- Today's matchup marks the first time both teams have met on the court in program history.
- Harvard reached the second round of the WNIT for the fifth time in program history.