Harvard also struggled on Friday night against Yale, as the offense faltered once again and the opponent jumped out to an early 9-2 lead. The Crimson never caught up after that point, as the Bulldogs dominated the game from start to finish.
“We just played really flat,” Matera said. “In the Yale game, I feel like we were set back on our heels for the majority of the game.”
There was little for Harvard to smile about in the final minutes of the half, as the Elis went on a 20-7 run and forced 10 Crimson turnovers. By halftime, Yale sat on a 20-point advantage, and Harvard’s powerful offense had only managed 19 points in the half.
Things improved for the Crimson after halftime as it managed to gain nine points to come within 11, but the Bulldogs held them to a comfortable distance for the rest of the half.
Sophomore Victoria Lippert led Harvard’s offense with 18 points.
“It was obviously a pretty disappointing weekend for us,” Matera said. “It was a pretty unexpected result.”