Women’s Basketball Edged by Princeton, 61-58

PRINCETON, N.J. – Despite 16 points from Jeannie Boehm and a career-high 14 rebounds from Rachel Levy, the Harvard women's basketball team (14-11, 7-5 Ivy League) was narrowly edged by Princeton (18-9, 10-2 Ivy) 61-58 tonight, March 2, at Jadwin Gymnasium.

Junior Jeannie Boehm led the Crimson in scoring with 16 points tonight, while senior co-captain Madeline Raster followed closely behind with 12. Sophomore Rachel Levy posted a career-high 14 rebounds to guide the defense. Katie Benzan and Kelsey Bogdan each recorded two steals.

Princeton jumped out to an early 12-4 advantage to open the game, before Harvard scored three unanswered baskets to come within two. Despite a triple from Raster, the Tigers closed out the quarter on a 4-2 run to lead 18-13. Two quick buckets from Raster and Redford, along with a triple from Benzan, gave us our first lead at 20-19 to start the second quarter. The score would knot twice more in the closing minutes of the frame, before a triple from Skinner helped us to a 27-25 lead going into halftime.

Boehm began the second half dropping in two baskets to widen the Crimson's spread to four at 31-27. The Tigers' used a 4-1 run to tie the game at 33-33, until Levy and Boehm combined for nine points to give the Crimson the lead back at 44-41 at the end of the third quarter. The teams traded baskets to begin the final frame, as Harvard maintained a five-point lead through the opening minutes. Princeton knotted the score four more times up until 58-58, before scoring the final two baskets of the game to clinch the victory at 61-58.

Harvard Highlights
- Sophomore Rachel Levy posted a career-high 14 rebounds.
- Jeannie Boehm led scoring for the Crimson with 16, while Madeline Raster joined her in double figured with 12.
- Katie Benzan assisted the offense with four helpers and two steals.

Game Notes
- Harvard falls to 41-44 in its all-time series with the Tigers.  

Up Next
Harvard will return to Lavietes Pavilion for its final home contests of the season, welcoming Cornell and Columbia, March 8-9. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, while both contests will be broadcast on ESPN+. Before Saturday's contest against the Lions, the Crimson will celebrate the Class of 2019.