The Crimson lost 64-46 after shooting 29 percent from the season. Earlier this year, Harvard recorded a 26-percent clip at the Palestra in another defeat to the Quakers
The Crimson put in its worst quarter of the season to start the game, but rode a couple of hot hands in a scintillating second half to fray the nerves of the most optimistic of Tigers fans.
For the Crimson, victories against both Princeton and Penn this weekend would provide a boost of momentum heading into the Ivy League tournament, but successfully doing so will not be easy
After a disheartening 57-52 loss at Yale., Harvard bounced back with a triumph over the Brown.
In front of its largest crowd of the season, the Crimson was able to overcome a number of runs by the Bears to break its two-game losing streak. It was, in a sense, a matchup that would help decide which of the two teams would contend for the conference title this season, and it appears Harvard answered that question.
Co-captain Destiny Nunley ‘17 posted 17 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday night to lead Harvard over the visiting Brown squad. The Crimson’s fourth-quarter shutdown of the Bears offense allowed Harvard to pull away, placing the Crimson in prime position to contend for the 2016-17 Ivy League title.
Not only is any hope of entry into the Top 25 gone, but also the team’s first Ivy League title since the 2007-2008 season may have slipped away as well.
The Harvard women’s basketball team will face a stern test of its title-winning credentials this weekend as it travels to face the ‘Killer P’s’, Penn and Princeton, this weekend.
Freshman forward Jeannie Boehm rises for a layup against Columbia. The rookie combines with senior forward Destiny Nunley to give Harvard a formidable backcourt. Against Cornell, though, it was sophomore guard Sydney Skinner who made the difference late in the game.