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Bulldogs Run Out Of Time At Harvard, 69-65

Katie Werner
Katie Werner

Werner, Keita and Latham All Score In Double-Figures Off The Bench

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The Yale women's basketball team took Harvard down to the wire, before running out of time in a 69-65 loss on Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The game featured eight lead changes and 14 ties, while neither team led by more than seven points throughout the night.

Yale (12-15, 6-7 Ivy League) was led by Katie Werner who scored a career-high 13 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Zenab Keita was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and added 12 points, while Hayden Latham hit three three-pointers and also finished with 12 points for the Bulldogs.

Temi Fagbenle was the difference, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Harvard (20-7, 10-3). She was 11-of-17 from the field and added two blocked shots.

Neither team led by more than two points for the opening 10:59 until a Fagbenle basket gave Harvard a 15-12 lead. The Bulldogs answered with seven straight points, sparked by a layup by Whitney Wyckoff and three-pointer by Latham. Two foul shots by Werner made it 19-17, but Yale could not push the lead any further in the half.

The teams continued to go back-and-forth until the Crimson got three-pointers from Kit Metoyer on consecutive possessions and a three-point play by Melissa Mullins to take its largest lead of the night at 35-28 with 43 seconds left in the opening period.

A layup by Janna Graf and a deep three-pointer just before the buzzer by Lena Munzer pulled the Bulldogs within 35-33 at halftime.

Harvard scored the first four points of the second half before Werner and Latham combined for eight straight points. Werner opened the spurt with a three-point play, followed by a Latham trifecta to tie the game. A short jumper by Werner put Yale in front 41-39.

A layup by Wyckoff pushed the lead to four, before a spinning layup by Keita in the paint capped the Bulldogs' 12-0 run and gave them their largest lead of the night at 45-39 with 12:30 to play.

A Metoyer three-pointer ended the run, but Yale continued to hold the lead and went ahead 58-56 on a layup by Nyasha Sarju.

That was Yale's last lead of the night, however, as a layup by Fagbenle and jumper by Christine Clark gave the Crimson the lead again.

After a jumper by Sarah Halejian tied the game at 60-60, Harvard scored six straight points. Fagbenle's layup with 2:54 to play put the Crimson ahead 66-60, but the Bulldogs did not go quietly. A free throw by Halejian and four straight points by Graf made it 66-65 with 1:40 to play.

Both teams misfired on their next possessions before Fagbenle hit a jumper to push the Crimson's lead back to 68-65 with 35 seconds remaining. After a missed layup, Fagbenle hit 1-of-2 foul shots for the final margin.

Yale finished the night with a 46-43 edge in rebounding, led by Graf's eight boards. The Bulldogs were 15-of-17 (.882) from the foul line, but shot just 32.9 percent from the field for the game and were 4-of-23 (.174) from three-point range.

Jasmine Evans and Clark added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Harvard. The Crimson shot 43.3 percent overall and were 4-of-11 (.364) on three-pointers.

Yale closes the season on Saturday at Dartmouth. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity