Women's Basketball's Comeback Falls Short at Navy, 65-60

Photo of Christine Clark, courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A second half rally by the Harvard women's basketball falls short at the Crimson drops its first game of the season at Navy, 65-60. Freshman Christine Clark and senior Emma Markley led the Crimson with 12 points each.

Clark had her second straight game in double figures, while Markley led the Crimson for the second game in a row. Senior co-captain Christine Matera added 10 points, while Markley and sophomore Miriam Rutzen had a team-high six rebounds.

Markley, who led the Crimson with 25 points last night was named to the all-tournament team.

Matera drained the first of two three-pointers to start the game, but Navy scored nine straight take a six-point lead three minutes into the first half. The Mids scored 12 of the next 19 points to hold a 21-10 advantage over the visiting Crimson midway through the stanza.  Navy continued to pull away with a 54.2 percent shooting effort and holding the Crimson to just 19 first-half points.  Harvard shot 20 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of play.

Harvard slowly chipped away at the home teams lead, cutting a 16-point deficit to three with less than two minutes to play. The Crimson went on a 17-6 run to make it a game. After a timeout, Harvard missed its next shot and was forced to foul. Navy held on for the win.

The Crimson was able to climb back into the game by shooting 50 percent (16-of-32) in the second stanza, 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from behind the free throw line. Harvard dominated in the paint scoring 26 of its 41 second half tallies inside the key.

Harvard shot 37.5 percent during the 40 minutes of play. Navy managed 40.4 percent from the field. The Mids won the battle on the boards – outrebounding the Crimson 38-35. Both teams grabbed 10 offensive boards.

Harvard closes out its string of road games next week with games at Boston University (Nov. 23) and Holy Cross (Nov. 28).