HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Ursinus College women's basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start on Saturday, falling to Haverford on the road, 68-43. The Bears were outscored 29-11 in the first quarter before locking down defensively but the opening frame proved to be too much.
For the first time this season, Lydia Konstanzer was held under double digits as the Bears shot 25% from the field to Haverford's 44.3%, including 37.5% from beyond the arc. Aliyah Stephens was Ursinus' leading scorer with 12 points, while Konstanzer finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Maya Kornfeld scored nine points.
The Fords (4-1, 1-0), last year's Centennial Conference runner-up, came out hot right out of the gates, making an opening 3-pointer to take an early lead. Haverford started the game on a 20-4 run, shooting 12-of-17 from the field which included seven of its first 10 shots.
After giving up 29 first-quarter points, the Bears (2-3, 1-1) locked down defensively, giving up just 13 points in the second quarter and 10 points in the fourth. With stout defensive play, Ursinus began to claw back on the scoreboard. A 3 from Gabby Downs and a Stephens jumper brought the team back within 13. Later in the quarter, Kornfeld cashed in on a pair of free throws to make the deficit 40-28. The Fords made a lay-up with a little over a minute as the Bears went into the half trailing 42-28.
The Fords started the third quarter on an 8-0 run to go up by 20 and the Bears were held under 10 points on the offensive end in both the third and fourth quarters to fall.
The Bears are back in action with a chance to bounce back at Bryn Mawr on Tuesday.