Women’s Basketball Falls in WNIT at Fordham, 65-47

Taylor Rooks had 18 points at Fordham (Christopher Shannon).
Taylor Rooks had 18 points at Fordham (Christopher Shannon).
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BRONX, N.Y.  Senior Taylor Rooks scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds, but the Harvard women's basketball team (18-11) dropped its opening round game of the WNIT at Fordham (23-9), 65-47, Friday night.

The postseason matchup was a tale of two halves. The Crimson was able to build a 33-24 lead through the first two quarters, but Fordham was able to swing the scoreboard in its favor, scoring 41 points to Harvard's 14 in the final two quarters.

The 3-pointer was Harvard's scoring mechanism in the opening period. Rooks and junior Madeline Raster each hit from long range to give Harvard the lead in the opening quarter. Jumpers from sophomore Katie Benzan and Raster near the end of the quarter gave Harvard a 19-13 lead.

In the second quarter, the Crimson extended its lead to as many as 14 points. Benzan and junior Nani Redford both converted on 3-point attempts and a Sydney Skinner lay-in made it 31-17 Crimson.

Fordham shifted the momentum to begin the third quarter, going on a 14-3 run to take a 41-36 lead. Rooks was able to hit another 3-pointer to slow the surge, but Fordham held a 44-40 lead heading to the final quarter. In the fourth, Fordham was able to keep the Crimson at bay and closed out the 65-47 victory.

Harvard Highlights:
- Senior Taylor Rooks led Harvard with 18 points.
- Junior Madeline Raster had three of Harvard's nine steals. Raster also had nine points.

Game Notes:
- This was Harvard's eighth appearance in the WNIT. It's record now stands at 4-8.
- Harvard's all-time record against Fordham is 2-3.