BOCA RATON, Fla. – Closing out the Holiday Classic at Florida Atlantic, the Harvard women's basketball team (8-4, 0-0 Ivy League) took down Florida Atlantic (6-5, 0-0 CUSA), 65-51, this afternoon at FAU Arena.
Four Crimson players posted double-digit points for the fifth time this season, with sophomore Maggie McCarthy leading the way with 15. Senior co-captain Mackenzie Barta followed closely behind with 14, while Jeannie Boehm tallied 12 and Lola Mullaney dropped in 11. Senior Boehm recorded a career-high 16 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. McCarthy registered her first double-double of her career, adding 11 boards to her tally.
Sharp shooting from three-point range gave the Crimson an early 13-9 advantage to open the game. Barta and McCarthy packed on two more from behind the arc, as Harvard sank five triples in the first quarter to lead the Owls, 19-17. FAU's defense came alive in quarter two, holding Harvard to just one basket through the first seven minutes. Barta and Annie Stritzel broke through at the end of the frame, both drilling triples to give the Crimson a tight 31-30 lead heading into halftime.
A back-and-forth third quarter featured three knotted scores as Boehm hit double digits after dropping in two buckets. The Crimson ended the quarter on a 5-1 run, taking a 45-38 lead into the final frame. Harvard dominated through the first half of the fourth quarter, with Levy posting three baskets down low to give the Crimson a double-digit lead. The Crimson's defense held the Owls to 3-for-10 shooting from the field, while a 6-0 run from Harvard sealed the 65-51 victory.
- Harvard sank seven of its 11 total triples in the first half.
- McCarthy led all over the court, adding a career-high seven steals to her scoresheet.
- Seniors Barta and Boehm paced the Crimson with four assists each, while Mullaney and Levy dished out three each.
- The Crimson outrebounded the Owls, 49-37.
The Crimson returns to Lavietes Pavilion next Monday, Dec. 30, hosting Rhode Island at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+.