CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The Quakers led nearly the entire game but lost a nailbiter, 63-62,thanks toHarvard's last-minute heroics. The Red and Blue put on a show in the second, hitting 6-of-10 from three-point range. The Crimson's Niki Finelli and Emily Tay came up with two big baskets in the final seconds to givetheir team the one-point edge.
Penn shocked the Crimson taking the first points of the game and holding the lead throughout the first half. Tay tied the score with a free throw to send the teams to the locker rooms at 28 all. Junior Anca Popovici scored nine of her team-leading 13 points in the first half. Her nine points alone outdid her previous career best. She complemented that with five boards, three assists and a steal.
The Quakers turned up the heat in the second half and dropped two quick three-pointers from Kelly Scott and Carrie Biemer to start the half. Maggie Burgess--who led the team's rebounding with seven--also tacked on eight points. Biemer scored nine--all off threes--in the half and finished with 13.
Even with Harvard fighting to keep it close, the Quakers kept their poise. Amy Donovan, who went 4-for-6 from three against Seton Hall, stepped in at 8:25 to hit another three and give Penn it's largest lead of the night--nine points.
The Crimson kept knocking with points from Tay and Lindsay Hallion to pull within two, but Penn took off again and led by seven with 3:07 remaining.
Finelli was having a quietnight going 0-for-2 from three. Last season she shot the lights out when Penn visited Harvard going 6-for-7 and scoring 26 points. Tonight,shehit ones at 2:54 andwith 32 seconds remaining to pull within one of the Quakers.
Hallion stole the inbounds and called a quick timeout to set up Tay who made her game-winning jumper with 14 seconds left.
Penn had timeouts to burn and used them to set up, but Harvard locked down and claimed the win.
The Quakers' 62 points was the first time in five games they broke 60 andwill look to keep the offensive momentum going against Dartmouth, Saturday night. The Bid Green defeated Princeton, 68-55 Friday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.