NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The Harvard women's basketball team (9-7, 2-1 Ivy League) dropped a heartbreaker at the buzzer to Yale (11-8, 2-1 Ivy League) tonight, Feb. 1 at the Lee Amphitheater. Harvard saw its five-game winning streak snapped by a score of 65-62, as the Bulldogs hit a buzzer-beater to top the Crimson.
Four Crimson players recorded double-digit points tonight, led by Jadyn Bush and Madeline Raster who each tallied 12. Katie Benzan and Jeannie Boehm joined the duo with 11 apiece. Boehm once again led Harvard's defensive unit, grabbing seven rebounds. Bush, Raster and Sydney Skinner each posted six boards.
The teams traded baskets to open play as Boehm, Bush and Raster each got on the board for Harvard. The Bulldogs built an early 11-8 lead off of a 5-2 run, before the Crimson stormed back with triples from Raster and Skinner to end the first quarter trailing by one, 19-18.
The back-and-forth nature continued into quarter two, as the lead would change four times throughout the frame. A balanced scoring effort from the Crimson and seven first-half points from Raster took Harvard into halftime down by one, 32-31.
The Crimson's offense came alive at the start of the second half, scoring four unanswered baskets off the tip to take the lead back at 39-34. Yale battled back with a 3-0 run of its own, but the Harvard defense was able to hold the Bulldogs offense from stealing the lead.
Strong defensive play ensued from both sides in the fourth quarter as the teams continued to trade baskets. The Bulldogs began to pull away, building a seven-point lead off four-straight buckets. Within the final minute of action, Raster tied the game twice, but Yale hit a buzzer-beater to seal the win at 65-62.
- Senior co-captain Madeline Raster tied the game twice within the last minute of action.
- Four Crimson players recorded points in double figures tonight.
- The Crimson recorded 14 assists to Yale's eight and nine steals to the Bulldog's four.
Harvard is back in action tomorrow, Feb. 2 at Brown for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.