Women's Basketball Slips to Penn in Ivy League Tournament Semifinal, 57-52

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Katie Benzan sank six three-pointers and netted 20 points, but the third-seeded Harvard women's basketball team dropped its Ivy League Tournament semfiinal matchup to No. 2 seed Penn by a score of 57-52 Saturday evening.

Harvard (18-10) and Penn (21-7) played a defensive first quarter as the game headed to the second stanza knotted, 8-8. In the second, the Quakers held the Crimson scoreless for the last 2:59 of the frame to carry at 23-18 advantage into the locker room. Jeannie Boehm led all players with seven rebounds in the first half.

Benzan nailed three treys to open the third quarter, as the Crimson grabbed a 27-25 lead in the opening minutes of the frame. Heading into the fourth, Penn led, 37-35, and Madeline Raster kept it a two-point game in favor of the Quakers after hitting a jumper in the lane with 6:54 left, 41-39.

Down the stretch, Penn upped its lead to 48-41 with 4:37 left, but Harvard responded to cut the deficit to three, 48-45, with 3:14 remaining. Benzan launched another trey with just under two minutes left to tie it up, 51-51. The Quakers responded with a three on the other end of the floor, 54-51, and held on for the 57-52 victory.

Harvard Highlights:

- Katie Benzan hit six three-pointers, giving her 97 on the year and extending her school single-season record.
- Jeannie Boehm collected 11 rebounds, giving her seven double-digit board games this season.

Game Notes:
- Harvard is now 50-32 all-time against Penn.
- Harvard stands at 0-2 in games in the first two seasons of the Ivy League Tournament.

What's next?
Harvard will await the NCAA tournament and WNIT selection announcements slated for the evening of Monday, March 12.