CAMBRIDGE, MA- A 30-point performance by reigning MAAC Player of the Week, Kollyns Scarbrough, was not enough to push Siena Women’s Basketball past Harvard 75-67. The Crimson is now 8-1 in their last nine home openers.
Scarbrough scored 30 points off of 61%-shooting (11-18) from the floor, while also grabbing eight rebounds for Siena (1-2). Sabrina Piper and Anna Lundquist came off the bench and both had three boards while adding nine and eight points, respectively.
Harvard (1-2) was led by Katie Benzan with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Madeline Raster added 15 points for the Crimson, while Taylor Rooks notched 15 rebounds, six coming on offensive boards.
With just under a minute left to play, the Saints trailed by just four points, 65-61 and the Saints fought to chip away at the lead with an Ivy League team that has finished in the top three of the league every season since 2006-07. Piper’s trey at the 44 second mark put the Saints down by just three, but Siena was unable to comeback and Harvard took the victory 75-67.
It was a 5-0 run to start the third quarter for the Crimson who took their final lead of the game up 33-29. Aaliyah Jones hit one from behind the arc to put Siena down just one, 33-32, but Harvard could not be stopped. The Crimson finished the frame on a 5-0 run including a buzzer shot to enter the fourth quarter up 52-43.
After shooting 60% in the first quarter and leading 21-10, Harvard began the second quarter on a 9-0 run and held the Saints scoreless for almost five minutes of the frame. The Crimson held the Saints to just eight points in the second frame and hit a shot at the buzzer to trail by just one, 29-28 at the half.
After playing their third game in six days, Siena will take four days off before hosting NCAA participant Florida Gulf Coast on Monday, November 20. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.