SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Opening up its 2018-19 slate against reigning NCAA Champion No. 1 Notre Dame (1-0, 0-0 ACC), the Harvard women's basketball team (0-1, 0-0 Ivy) suffered a 103-58 setback tonight, Nov. 9 at Purcell Pavilion.
Harvard got on the board 30 seconds into the game when senior co-captain Sydney Skinner hit a three from the top of the key, but Notre Dame scored the next five straight points to take control. Skinner hit from long range four minutes later to cut the Crimson's deficit to 15-9 before the Fighting Irish used a 6-0 run to close out the first quarter with a 23-11 lead.
Notre Dame took control of the second quarter early with a 5-1 scoring run that extended its lead to 31-13. Jadyn Bush fed a ball to Tess Sussman cutting under the basket to bring the Crimson within seven at 34-15, before Mackenzie Barta provided a spark off the bench sinking a three from the corner. Skinner's fourth three pointer of the game brought Harvard within 16, but the Fighting Irish went into halftime with a 50-29 advantage.
Opening the second half, Notre Dame's offense continued to apply pressure, holding the Crimson to seven baskets and taking an 86-45 lead into the final frame. Jeannie Boem and Bush each knocked in two baskets apiece in the fourth quarter, but the Fighting Irish held on to the lead to take a 103-58 victory.
- Skinner scored a team-high 15 points, including five three pointers.
- Bush and Rachel Levy each grabbed six rebounds.
- First-years Maggie McCarthy and Tess Sussman both played in their first collegiate games tonight.
- All 14 squad members on the Crimson bench tonight saw action.
- Notre Dame now holds a 2-0 advantage in its all-time series with Harvard.
Harvard will return to action this Sunday, Nov. 11 at Purdue for a 2 p.m. tip off to close out its first road trip of the season.