Trio Lead Women’s Basketball Past Quinnipiac, 87-83

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Three Harvard women's basketball players registered double-doubles, as the Crimson (2-1) used a late surge to take out Quinnipiac, 87-83, on the first day of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tournament at Purcell Pavilion. Temi Fagbenle (28 points, 11 rebounds), Erin McDonnell (18 points, 13 rebounds) and AnnMarie Healy (career high 18 points and 11 rebounds) became the first trio of Crimson student-athletes to post double-doubles in the same game since Jan. 14, 2000.  

The last time the Crimson accomplished this feat, it was Melissa Johnson (13 points, 18 rebounds), Jennifer Monti (13 points, 14 assists) and Laela Studry (21 points, 10 rebounds) against Yale in 2000. Fagbenle paced all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting, adding two assists. Healy provided the dagger three-point play in the final seconds, capping her second career double-double. McDonnell shot 60 percent (6-10) from the field, including 4-for-7 from behind the arc.

The Crimson shot over 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Bobcats (2-1) by a 11-board margin, but were nearly outdone by 23 turnovers that led to 30 Bobcat points. QU was led by Gillian Abshire with 11 points.

With the score knotted 6-6, Harvard spouted 12-straight points to take an 18-6 lead with 14:39 to play in the first. The run was capped by a trey by McDonnell in the corner. Five different Crimson players contributed to the run that started with four-straight points from Fagbenle. Maintaining its 12-point advantage two minutes later, Quinnipiac answered with a 10-1 run to pull within three, 24-21, with just under 10 minutes to play before the break.

The two teams stayed within seven points for the remainder of the half, as the Crimson took a 41-37 lead into the locker room. Fagbenle closed the stanza with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, adding five rebounds. Healy chipped in eight points and six boards.

To start the second half, the Bobcats ripped off an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 45-41. QU continued from there, expanding its lead to eight, 54-46, four minutes into the period. McDonnell buried a three from the wing to stop the bleeding, and Harvard clawed its way back to level the score at 60-60 with 11:32 to play. The 14-6 charge was led by McDonnell with eight points.

The squads fought back-and-forth, still even at the 4:44 mark, 74-74. QU seemed to grab an edge with a quick five points and held a three-point advantage, 81-78, with just over two minutes before the final horn. Fagbenle nailed a three to swing the momentum in the Crimson's favor and three free throws to by Fagbenle and Ali Curtis gave Harvard its own three-point cushion. A jumper in the paint by QU's Val Driscoll threatened the Crimson win, but Healy received a baseball pass on the ensuing possession and waiting to draw the foul, completing the three point play and sealing the Harvard victory.

Harvard will face No. 3/2 Notre Dame in the second round of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament Monday, Nov, 24 at 6 p.m.

Game Notes: For the first time since Jan. 14, 2000, three Crimson players registered a double-double in the same game. The last time the Crimson accomplished this feat, it was Melissa Johnson (13 points, 18 rebounds), Jennifer Monti (13 points, 14 assists) and Laela Studry (21 points, 10 rebounds) against Yale. Temi Fagbenle recorded her ninth game with 20-plus points (28). It marked the 24th time in her career that the senior has eclipsed 10-plus points. Erin McDonnell registered her second double-double in as many games with 18 points and 13 rebounds. AnnMarie Healy posted the second double-double of her career and first since Columbia (2/14/14) with 18 points and 11 boards. It marked a career high for Healy. For the second-straight game, the Crimson had two players with double-doubles. Harvard used the starting lineup of Ali Curtis, Shilpa Tummala, AnnMarie Healy, Temi Fagbenle and Erin McDonnell. The Crimson moves to 1-0with this lineup. It marked the first career start for Healy. Anna Lachenauer posted the first points of her career in her first action with three points, adding three rebounds.