Women's Basketball Picks Up First Ivy League Victory, Defeats Dartmouth 64-49

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- In front of a packed Lavietes Pavilion on alumnae day, the Harvard women's basketball team (10-5, 1-1 Ivy League) defeated Dartmouth (8-7, 1-1 Ivy League) with a 64-49 victory this afternoon. 

Three Crimson players recorded double-digit points, paced by first-year Lola Mullaney with 18 points, who also collected two steals. Sophomore Maggie McCarthy followed behind with 13 points and four steals, while senior Jeannie Boehm marked 10 points and led the team with eight rebounds.  

A close first quarter proved to be a back and forth battle tallying six lead changes. Senior Boehm lead the Crimson with six points, while Mullaney followed behind with five points. By the end of the first quarter, the Crimson had forced five turnovers for the Big Green.

Mullaney opened the second quarter with a three-pointer bringing the score to a one-point deficit, allowing McCarthy to give Harvard the lead with two at the line. Another late pair from the line and back-to-back triples from McCarthy and Mullaney built the Crimson's advantage going into halftime, 30-21. At the end of the first half, Mullaney led the team with 11 points, followed by both McCarthy and Boehm with eight points.

Harvard came out strong at the start of the second half, highlighted by a pair of layups from sophomore Tess Sussman and Boehm. Steals from Mullaney and junior Matilda Salen, followed by a three from first-year Sara Park, helped widen the margin to 15 points midway through the third quarter. An 8-0 run from Dartmouth cut the difference to seven points, until McCarthy and senior Mackenzie Barta hit a pair of triples to widen the lead back out to double digits.

The Big Green came out strong in the fourth quarter, going on a 5-0 run and recording a steal. Barta broke up the momentum with a three, giving Harvard a 48-39 lead. A couple of Dartmouth shots blocked by Boehm and a McCarthy steal kept the Crimson in the lead, 51-42. Triples from Levy, Mullaney and Barta sealed the deal, giving Harvard a 64-49 victory.

Harvard Highlights
- The Crimson held Dartmouth to just five points and a 22.5 percent shooting percentage in the second quarter.
- Sophomores McCarthy and Sussman led the Crimson with four assists each. 
- Boehm tallied a season-high four blocks. 
- Harvard collected 10 steals throughout the game, coming from six different players.
- The Crimson forced 19 turnovers, seven coming in the second quarter.
- Four players (Boehm, Sussman, McCarthy, Mullaney) went perfect at the line.

Up Next
The Crimson returns to Lavietes Pavillon to host Ivy League rival Penn on Friday, Jan. 31 at 5:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.