HAMDEN, Conn. – Behind four players in double-digit points, the Harvard women's basketball team (6-2, 0-0 Ivy League) ran past Quinnipiac (1-4, 0-0 MAAC) today, Nov. 30, at the People's United Center.
Led by first-year Lola Mullaney with 24 points, the Crimson had three other players record double-digit points against the Bobcats: Mackenzie Barta (13), Rachel Levy (11) and Tess Sussman (10). Mullaney sank five three-pointers, while Levy went six-for-eight from the charity stripe. Senior Jeannie Boehm paced the Crimson defense with eight rebounds, while also adding three blocks to her tally.
Three-straight triples from Barta, McCarthy and Mullaney gave the Crimson an early 9-7 lead to begin the game. Four-straight buckets increased Harvard's margin by six, before a back-and-forth end to the opening quarter left the Crimson up 23-18. Seven points from Mullaney at the start of the second quarter pushed Harvard's advantage to 32-25, but Quinnipiac closed the quarter on a 4-1 run to come within two at 39-37 headed into the half.
Boehm and Sussman dropped in three consecutive baskets to force a Bobcat timeout to begin the second half. The Bobcats used a 5-1 run to tie the game at 51-51, before Levy dropped in back-to-back free throw attempts to give the Crimson the lead back at 55-53. Harvard opened the final frame on a 5-1 run to extend its lead to eight. Two consecutive triples from Barta and McCarthy gave the Crimson a double-digit lead, as Harvard held on the secure a 77-68 victory over the Bobcats.
- Mullaney recorded over 20 points for the second time this season, shooting 56 percent from the field.
- Sussman went five-for-seven from field goal range for a team-high 71 shooting percentage, while adding a team-best six assists to her tally.
- The Crimson held the Bobcats to shooting 39 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.
- Harvard outblocked Quinnipiac six to three.
Harvard will return home to host Northeastern next Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. The Crimson will host its annual Education Day, welcoming elementary school students from the greater Harvard community and Boston area.