Women’s Basketball Tripped Up at Princeton

Katie Benzan had 12 points Friday (Gil Talbot).
Katie Benzan had 12 points Friday (Gil Talbot).
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PRINCETON, N.J.  Junior Madeline Raster scored 13 points and sophomore Katie Benzan contributed 12, but the Harvard women's basketball team (13-7, 5-2 Ivy) had its six-game win streak halted, falling on the road at Princeton, 80-47.

Princeton's offense was quick out of the gate, building a 17-7 lead after the first quarter. The Tigers extended that advantage to as many as 18 points early in the second period, but Raster and Benzan helped the Crimson wither the deficit.

Midway through the second frame, Raster set up Benzan for a triple and then just over a minute later Raster drilled a long-range shot of her own to move the score back to 27-17. Benzan converted on two more 3-point attempts throughout the rest of the quarter and Raster went coast-to-coast and hit a fadeaway at the halftime buzzer, but Princeton held onto a 38-27 lead.

Princeton began the second half with another offensive surge, extending its lead to 55-29 at the halfway mark of the third period. Harvard's offense struggled to find its rhythm throughout the final two quarters, allowing the Tigers to secure the victory.

Harvard Highlights:
- Madeline Raster finished with 13 points, 13th game this season in double figures.
- Jeannie Boehm brought down 10 rebounds, her fourth game this year with at least 10 boards.

Game Notes:
- Harvard falls to 40-42 all-time against Princeton.

What's next?
Harvard completes its weekend on the road with a visit to The Palestra Saturday at 7 p.m. to take on Penn. That game can be seen live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.