NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Competing in the Ivy League Tournament for the third consecutive year, the Harvard women's basketball team dropped its semifinal contest to Penn, 91-62, tonight, March 16 at the Lee Amphitheater. The Crimson falls to 16-12 on the season.
Junior Katie Benzan led the Crimson with 12 points, her 23rd game this season in double figures. Seniors Sydney Skinner and Nani Redford followed closely behind with 11 and nine, respectively, while Madeline Raster and Jadyn Bush each dropped in eight points. Raster and Bush paced Harvard on the defensive end as well, posting eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Penn started the game with a 5-0 lead, before Benzan and Redford hit back-to-back triples to help Harvard to a 10-9 advantage. The Quakers capped the opening quarter on a 6-0 scoring run, securing an 11-point lead at 21-10. Levy dropped in five points through the first four minutes of quarter two, but Penn maintained its offensive pressure to take a 43-25 lead into halftime.
Benzan kicked off the second half with a triple from the top of the key to bring a spark to the Crimson's offense. The teams traded baskets through the midpoint of quarter three, before Penn went on a 3-1 run to increase its lead to 56-34. A 6-1 scoring run from the Quakers to close the quarter widened Penn's spread to 26. Harvard sank two triples to open the final frame, but Penn's defense proved too much to overcome as the Quakers went on to seal the victory at 91-62.
- Benzan led the Crimson with 12 points, her 23rd game this season in double figures.
- Raster and Bush paced the defense with eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
- Redford tallied three steals, while Mackenzie Barta recorded two.
- Harvard falls to 51-34 in its all-time series with Penn.
Harvard will await its seeding in the WNIT Tournament, announced Monday, March 18 at 11 p.m.