Women’s Basketball Drops Road Contest at Penn

Kelsey Bogdan had a career-high nine points Saturday (Gil Talbot).
Kelsey Bogdan had a career-high nine points Saturday (Gil Talbot).
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PRINCETON, N.J.  Sophomore Katie Benzan led the Crimson with 14 points and junior Kelsey Bogdan finished with a career-high nine, but the Harvard women's basketball team (13-8, 5-3 Ivy) fell on the road to Penn (15-5, 6-1 Ivy), 69-49.

Harvard was first on the board 30 seconds into the game when sophomore Jeannie Boehm converted on a left-handed layup, but Penn scored the next 14 points to take control. Sophomore Katie Benzan put an end to the Quakers' with 5:11 to go in the first with her first of five 3-pointers. Junior Sydney Skinner hit from long range two minutes later to cut the deficit to seven, but Penn closed the period on an 8-0 run.

The Quakers began the second frame with a matching 8-0 run before Jadyn Bush scored a contested shot in the paint at 6:12. Bogdan looked to provide a spark off the bench, swishing a 3-pointer from the corner at 3:29, but Penn was able to take a 45-21 lead into the halftime break.

Benzan put forth a strong effort from 3-point range in the third quarter, making three from distance, but the Penn offense continued to click and led by 28 with 10 minutes to play. Bogdan and junior Madeline Raster kicked off the fourth quarter with triples of their own, but Penn eased to the 69-49 victory.

Harvard Highlights:
- Junior Kelsey Bogdan scored nine points, setting her career-high. Bogdan hit three 3-pointers, also a new career-best.
- Freshman Grace Tworek matched her career-high with three points, hitting a triple late in the game.
- Freshman Jadyn Bush led all players with nine rebounds.

Game Notes:
- Saturday's game represented the 80th meeting between Crimson and Quakers. Harvard still leads the all-time series, 49-31.

What's next?
The Crimson continues its road swing next weekend traveling to Brown and Yale for a pair of Ivy League matchups on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.