Women’s Basketball Falls to Maine, 65-46

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

BANGOR, Maine – Harvard women's basketball (4-4) dropped a 65-46 decision at Maine Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center. Junior forward AnnMarie Healy paced the Crimson with 13 points, adding four rebounds.

Senior captain Erin McDonnell also posted 11 points and five rebounds in the loss. Liz Wood of Maine (5-3) led all scorers with 25 points and nine rebounds. Sigi Koizar added 14 points as the Black Bears shot 52.4 percent from the floor and made seven triples.   

Harvard was outpaced by Maine, 31-15, over the first 20 minutes. The Crimson offense stalled, shooting 6-of-19 (31.6) and registering 15 turnovers. Knotted 10-10, the Black Bears put on the pressure over an eight minute stretch from 12:55-4:53, outscoring the Crimson 13-0. Over the span, Harvard shot 0-of-5 from the field and coughed up seven turnovers.

Healy and McDonnell converted back-to-back baskets, but Maine expanded its lead to the largest of the half (16) just before the break after an 8-0 spurt. For the half, Harvard was outscored in the paint, 18-2, and the Black Bears posted 18 points off Crimson turnovers.

Kaitlyn Dinkins converted a Healy steal into three points to open the half, and the Crimson scored eight of the first 10 points to pull within 10, 33-23, at 16:43. Maine responded with a six-point outburst to push the lead back to 16 at the under 16 media timeout. Harvard showed its fight with five unanswered points, but the Black Bears ripped off 11-straight points to hold a 22-point advantage, 50-28, with 11:05 to play.

Over the final quarter of play, the Crimson and Black Bears would trade baskets and Maine walked away with the 65-46 decision.  

Harvard will pause for nearly two weeks before returning home to Lavietes Pavilion to take on Northeastern, Saturday, Dec. 20. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy recorded double-digits for the sixth time this season and ninth in her career with 13 points. It marked the first time this season that the junior has paced the Crimson. Erin McDonnell registered her 20th double-figure effort with 11 points. For the fifth time this season, Harvard collected 20-plus turnovers. Harvard shot under 40 percent for the fourth time this season and sits at 0-4 in those games. Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith used the starting lineup of Ali Curtis, Kaitlyn Dinkins, AnnMarie Healy, Temi Fagbenle and Erin McDonnell for the fifth-straight game. Harvard moves to 2-3 with this lineup. The Crimson moves to 5-7 all-time against Maine.