CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Lavietes Pavilion to open the month, the Harvard women's basketball team (6-3, 0-0 Ivy) fell to cross-town rival Northeastern (2-6, 0-0 CAA), 46-44, this afternoon. As a part of Education Day, Harvard Athletics hosted over 1,200 local elementary students at the game.
For the sixth time this season, first-year Lola Mullaney led the Crimson attack, scoring 17 points while grabbing one rebound and dishing out one assist for the Crimson.
Harvard opened the game with a strong first quarter, scoring 10 of the game's first 12 points. Sophomore Maggie McCarthy was first on the board for the Crimson, making an opening layup and followed it up with the game's first three-pointer. Harvard ended the period leading by a tally of 16-8.
After an early Husky bucket narrowed the margin to six, sophomore Tess Sussman buried a mid-range jumper. Northeastern scored 10-straight points in the second quarter before a Mullaney thriple ended the first half.
Northeastern extended its lead to eight in the third quarter, but the Crimson fought valiantly in the final period. With Harvard trailing 42-36 near the three minute mark, Mullaney pulled up and hit back-to-back triples to tie the game. After a defensive stand, Mullaney sprinted out on the fast-break and hit a layup on a perfect pass from McCarthy. The bucket gave Harvard its first lead since the second quarter. The Huskies' hit a three with 40 seconds remaining to regain the lead that would not be relinquished.
-The Crimson outshot the Huskies from long distance, making nine to two.
-McCarthy provided a balanced effort for the Crimson, scoring five points, grabbing five rebounds and assisting on five baskets.
-Junior Rachel Levy matched her career high by making two three-point baskets.
-Harvard falls in a contest for the first time since mid-November.
-The matchup marks the final home contest for the Crimson for three weeks. Harvard will return to Lavietes Pavilion on Dec. 30 against Rhode Island.
The Crimson travels north to Orono for a weekend tilt with the Maine Black Bears. The contest will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 on ESPN+.