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.
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