CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a career high 17 points from senior Shilpa Tummala, Harvard women's basketball fell to Maine, 64-53, Friday evening at Lavietes Pavilion in the first game for both teams.
Tummala hit 5-of-10 from behind the arc, adding three rebounds and two steals. Senior AnnMarie Healy added 10 points, while sophomore Kirby Porter posted a career high nine points in the loss. Maine was paced by Sigi Koizar with 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Chantel Charles and Mikaela Gustafsson added 12 points apiece.
The Crimson jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, as Porter amassed all five points, before Maine scored nine-straight to take an 11-5 advantage at the 4:15 mark. Senior Kit Metoyer stopped and popped and Tummala buried a three from the wing to pull Harvard within one at the first break.
Metoyer knocked down a triple in the corner to knot the score at 19-19, but Maine ripped off a 12-0 spurt to pull ahead, 31-19, with 1:51 to play before the half. Just before the break, Tummala connected on a trey in front of the Maine bench to make the score 31-22 at halftime.
The Black Bears added seven points to start the third quarter, building a 38-22 lead. Freshman Madeline Raster drilled a three pointer from the wing as the shot clock buzzer expired to start a 12-4 Crimson spurt. Healy earned back-to-back buckets and junior Taylor Finley connected on a triple in front of the Harvard bench to pull the Crimson within eight, 42-34.
Maine responded, inching the lead back to 12 before the third quarter ended. Harvard would not quit, knocking the deficit to seven, 48-41, as Metoyer earned a second-chance bucket and Tummala hit a three on the break. The Black Bears fired back with a 12-5 rally and would hold on to win by 11 points.
Harvard continues its home stand against Massachusetts at Lavietes Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the first time this season and the 24th time of her career with 10 points. Shilpa Tummala scored 17 points, a career high and the seventh time in her career the senior has posted 10-plus. Kirby Porter matched her career high with nine points. For the 186th-consectutive game, Harvard connected on a three pointer. The Crimson moves to 5-8 all-time against Maine. The Crimson went with the starting lineup of Metoyer, Tummala, Healy, Porter and Skinner. Harvard moves to 0-1 with this lineup.