Women’s Basketball Downed at DePaul, 99-75

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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Harvard will face Cal Poly tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET.

CHICAGO – Sophomore AnnMarie Healy registered a career night, but it would not be enough, as Harvard women's basketball (0-1) dropped a 99-75 decision at DePaul Friday night in the first round of the DePaul Maggie Dixon Classic at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Healy posted the first double-figure scoring output of her career, tallying 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with a personal best six assists and six rebounds. Junior Erin McDonnell also notched a career high with 13 points, shooting 6-of-8 from the field. DePaul (1-0) buried 12 three pointers, including 11 over the first 20 minutes, and shot .561 from the floor. Jasmine Penny (17) and Megan Rogowski (15) paced four double-figure scorers for the Blue Demons.

Senior captain Christine Clark chipped in nine points and four assists for the Crimson, while senior Melissa Mullins neared a double-double with eight points and nine boards.

DePaul jumped out to a 14-3 lead over the first 3:29, capped by a Brittany Hrynko lay-in. The Crimson held steady over the next six minutes before the Blue Demons ripped off a 16-5 run to take a 48-26 advantage at the 4:29 mark. Harvard went into the break trailing 61-36.

After an Ali Curtis lay-up started the second-half scoring, DePaul pushed its lead to 30, with a 9-2 spurt. The Crimson continued to chip away, but would get no closer than the final score, 99-75. 

The Crimson continue on to face Cal Poly tomorrow in the second round of the DePaul Maggie Dixon Classic at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy registered her first double-figure scoring effort with a career high 13 points. Healy shot a personal best from the floor, finishing 6-of-10. Erin McDonnell also posted a personal best with 13 points on a career-high six field goals. The 99 points by DePaul marked the most by a Harvard opponent since Dec. 30, 2010 at Dayton. The 12 three pointers by DPU signaled the most by a Crimson opponent since UNH on Dec. 6, 2011. Taylor Finley saw her first career action and scored her first basket, finishing with six points. Erin McDonnell made her first career start and Missy Mullins started her first game since Jan. 7, 2012. Harvard is 19-21 all-time in season openers and 17-17 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson has lost three straight season openers.