Women’s Basketball Falls to Quinnipiac in Double-Overtime Thriller, 72-67

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Despite a late-game scoring push, the Harvard women's basketball team fell to Quinnipiac, 72-67, in a double-overtime thriller at Lavietes Pavilion Friday night. The Crimson drops to 4-4 (0-0 Ivy) on the season while the Bobcats improve to 4-3 (0-0 MAAC).

Commanding the offense for the Crimson, junior Katie Benzan posted a team-high 27 points, tying her career-best at Harvard. Benzan went 7-for-12 on three-point shots and posted six assists and five rebounds on the night.

Captain Sydney Skinner played a critical role for the Crimson on both sides of the ball, dishing out six assists and securing two steals. Leading the defense, Jeannie Boehm recorded a team-high 10 defensive rebounds and three blocks in Harvard's bout with the Bobcats.

Taking control off the tip, Harvard burst to an early lead, putting up 10 uninterrupted points over Quinnipiac. The Bobcats quickly retaliated, cutting down the Crimson lead to just four with 2:37 left to play in the period.

Quinnipiac moved past the Crimson off quick field goals from Aryn McClure and Edel Thorton to open the period, but Harvard quickly opened up shooting with a deep three from Benzan. Entering a back-and-forth battle for the lead, the Bobcats retaliated with a seven-point scoring run. But, Harvard closed out the period with a seven-point scoring run of their own to take a 32-30 lead moving into the half.

Returning for the second half, the Bobcats kicked off the first of three scoring runs in the third quarter. Chipping away at the Crimson's lead, shots from Bush and Boehm held the Crimson to a four-point lead, but a nine-point run from Quinnipiac turned over the lead to the Bobcats with 5:17 remaining in the period.

Down by four entering the final frame, strong defense opened up major scoring opportunities for the Crimson, including a fast-break for Raster off a pass from Skinner to make it 49-52 Harvard with minutes to play. Down by two with just a second left to play, Raster hit a buzzer-beating jumper inbounded by Benzan to send the squads into overtime.

Opening extra time with a layup from Skinner, the Bobcats and the Crimson locked into a fight for possession until Benzan pulled up for a long-ranged three to push the Crimson to a five-point lead with a minute left to play. With a free throw from Bush to add one, Quinnipiac cut the Crimson's lead in half with a three from Thornton. With time ticking down, the Bobcats fired in a three as the buzzer sounded to send the teams into a second overtime period. Despite a push to overcome the Quinnipiac lead, the Crimson ultimately fell short at home, falling 72-67 in the first overtime matchup of the season.

Harvard Highlights
Katie Benzan scored a team-high 27 points, sinking seven three-pointers and six assists.
Sydney Skinner posted six assists and two steals on the night.
Jeannie Boehm led the defense with three blocks and ten defensive rebounds.
Madeline Raster sunk the game-tying shot as time expired to send the teams into overtime.

Game Notes
- With tonight's loss, the Crimson falls to 2-4 in the all-time series against Quinnipiac.

Up Next
The Crimson hosts Maine at Lavietes Pavilion on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in game two of its four-game homestand.