BOSTON, Mass. – After a short trip down Commonwealth Ave., Harvard women's basketball (5-2, 0-0 Ivy League) used a strong defensive and shooting effort to down Boston University, 66-39, this evening at the Case Gym.
First-year Lola Mullaney led the Crimson with a 18-point night, all of which came from beyond the arc with six triples. Junior co-captain Rachel Levy assisted the Crimson's offense with 10 points, shooting 3-for-3 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line. Sophomores Maggie McCarthy and Tess Sussman along with senior Mackenzie Barta led the defensive effort with lockdown perimeter defense, holding the Terriers to just a 10-percent clip from three-point range. Senior Jeannie Boehm paced the Crimson with 13 rebounds, while McCarthy grabbed 10 boards off the glass.
The Crimson came ready to play, taking an early lead that it would hold until the final buzzer. Harvard dominated the glass in the first half, pulling down 21 rebounds led by McCarthy and Boehm. Boehm also contributed on the offensive end with a career-high seven assists out of the post.
A 12-0 run at the end of the second quarter gave Harvard a 26-14 lead heading into the break.
Harvard's offensive push continued in the second half, as the Crimson stormed out of the locker room putting together another quick 7-0 run to take a 33-14 advantage. Three Boehm layups and a 9-for-15 shooting effort in the third quarter gave Harvard the 49-22 lead heading into the final period.
The Crimson would go on to win its fifth-straight game against its in-state foe, 66-39.
- The Crimson shot a season-best 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and 47 percent from the field.
- Eighteen of Harvard's 24 field goals came from assists, led by Boehm's seven.
- The Crimson outrebounded the Terriers, 46-28, and scored 24 points in the paint.
- First-year Lola Mullaney lit up the box score, scoring 18 points on 6-for-10 three-point shooting.
- Harvard held BU to a 23.6-percent clip from the field, forcing 14 turnovers in the contest.
- Jeannie Boehm dished out a career-high seven assists.
- First-year Sara Park scored her first point in a Crimson uniform.
- Junior Matilda Salen put up a career-high seven points.
- 10 players found the bottom of the cup against BU, the most this season.
Harvard will hit the road for Quinnipiac this Saturday, Nov. 30. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.