Photo courtesy of Gil Tablot.
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's basketball team fell to Princeton, 68-59, Saturday evening at Jadwin Gymnasium to fall to 16-10 overall and 9-4 in Ancient Eight play. Senior co-captain Christine Matera led four Crimson players in double figures.
Matera was 5-of-9 from the field with three three-pointers for a total of 13 points. Brogan Berry and Victoria Lippert scored 12 each, while Christine Clark contributed with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Princeton jumped out to a 12-4 lead six minutes into the game. The Crimson used a 9-0 run that included scores from four different players to take a 13-12 lead with 8:56 to play in the first. The Tigers went on top by a score and the Crimson tied the game at 15. Princeton used a Krystal Hill three-pointer and a Lauren Edwards lay-up to take a 23-17 lead four minutes later. An Elise Gordon lay-up and three-pointers from Brogan Berry and Victoria Lippert tied the score at 23 with three minutes to play. The home team used a free throw and lay-up to go back on top before a Christine Matera shot from downtown evened the score at 26. The Tigers scored last six points of the half to go to the locker room with a 32-26 lead.
Berry led the Crimson with seven points at the half. The Crimson shot 32.3 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and outrebounded the Tigers, 22-21.
Matera opened the second session with a long ball that cut the lead to five. But a fast break lay-up off a Harvard turnover and another two-point basket gave the home team a 17:54 to play. Harvard used an 8-2 run which included five Matera scores and a trifecta from Lippert to make it a one-point game, 40-39, five minutes into the contest. The Princeton hit several shots from downtown and extended its lead to 53-45 midway through the second. Clark and Gordon scored from under the basket to make its 53-49 with 5:53 left to pay. The Tigers used a 10-2 run to take a 63-52 lead, its largest of the game, with 3:16 to play. Berry and Clark connected with the basket to cut the deficit to seven, with just over two minutes to play. Princeton stretched the lead to 12 with less than one minute to play.
The Crimson shot 40.4 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three –point. Harvard edged the Tigers on the class, with 40 rebounds to their 39.
Harvard travels to Dartmouth Tuesday for its regular season finale. Tip-off is 7 p.m.