ORONO, Maine – An offensive surge propelled the Harvard women's basketball team (7-3, 0-0 Ivy League) over Maine (3-7, 0-0 America East), 69-40, this afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center. The Crimson improved to 7-3 in non-conference play to start the season.
Four Crimson players posted double-digit points against the Black Bears, led by first-year Lola Mullaney with 15. Senior Mackenzie Barta and Jeannie Boehm followed closely behind with 14 each, while sophomore Maggie McCarthy dropped in 11. Barta led at both ends of the court, pacing the defense with nine rebounds, while McCarthy grabbed seven boards and Boehm and Tess Sussman tallied five apiece.
The Crimson got off to a 10-4 start as Boehm dropped in six points to begin the game. Harvard widened its margin to 12 after McCarthy and Stritzel hit back-to-back triples, using a 6-0 run to end the opening frame leading 17-9. An 8-0 run to begin the second quarter gave the Crimson a double-digit advantage at 33-14. Harvard's defense allowed just four baskets from the Black Bears, taking a 35-19 lead into halftime.
Barta and Mullaney helped build Harvard's lead out of the half, as the pair sank triples to put the Crimson up 43-24. A back-and-forth third quarter ended with Harvard extending its lead to 52-31. The Crimson came out of the gates firing in the fourth quarter with three-straight triples, with two from Barta. Harvard's defense dominated in the final frame as the Black Bears went 2-for-13 from field goal range and went on to seal the victory at 69-40.
- Mullaney led the Crimson attack for the seventh time this season, while Sussman dished out a team-high four out of Harvard's 15 assists.
- Boehm added three steals and two blocks to her tally.
- McCarthy went 4-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from three-point range.
- Harvard shot 46.2 percent from field goal range, while holding Maine to 25.5 percent.
- Harvard improved to 4-2 on the road this season with today's win.
- The Crimson held Maine to 40 points, its second lowest allowed this season.
- Harvard ended a two-game losing streak to Maine in its all-time series, climbing back to come within three games as the Black Bears lead 10-7.
Harvard will resume action at the Florida Atlantic Tournament, Dec. 20-21. The Crimson will face Saint Joseph's on Friday at 4 p.m., before taking on host FAU on Saturday.