CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two late threes by senior captain Erin McDonnell and a game-winning jumper by junior forward AnnMarie Healy concluded a late comeback by Harvard women's basketball (5-4) over Northeastern, 67-65. The Crimson was led by senior forward Temi Fagbenle with 16 points and 16 rebounds, the 23rd double-double of her career.
A quartet of Crimson players scored in double-figures as Fagbenle was joined by Healy (12 points), McDonnell (12 points, 10 rebounds) and junior guard Shilpa Tummala (11 points). Northeastern (2-5) was led by Tiffany Montagne with 16 points and A'lece Mark with 15 points.
To earn the win, Healy knocked down a jumper in the short corner after slipping a screen with seven seconds remaining. With Harvard up one, 58-57, and 1:38 to play, the two teams traded four-straight triples – including two on the Crimson side by McDonnell – as the score held 64-63. Knotted at 65-65, Healy made her move and hit the bottom of the net to seal the victory.
Harvard took a 28-22 advantage into the break behind 13-of-23 shooting inside the arc. Harvard struggled from three, missing all 11 shots it attempted. The Crimson assisted on nine of the 13 baskets and Fagbenle led all scorers over the first 20 minutes with 10 points, adding 10 rebounds.
Leading 10-6, the Crimson spouted off an 8-2 run to push its advantage to 10, 18-8, with just over eight minutes to play before the break. Fagbenle started and ended the spurt with jumpers from 15 feet out. Northeastern immediately answered with seven- unanswered points to pull within three, 18-15. Destiny Nunley and Ali Curtis posted back-to-back baskets and the Crimson would hold its advantage for the remaining four minutes.
The Huskies set the tone after the break, posting 12 of the first 14 points, taking its first lead of the game at 31-30 and expanding it to four points at the 14:34 mark.
Up three, Northeastern continued to pressure, rattling off a 10-3 run to hold a 10-point advantage, 47-37, with 9:16 left. Tummala ended the run with a lay-in and swung the momentum into the Crimson's favor with seven of Harvard's next 11 points.
Harvard will take a quick holiday break, back on the road Dec. 29-30 for the Georgia Tech Tournament. The Crimson will face off against Louisiana Tech at 2 p.m. a week from Monday.
Game Notes: Temi Fagbenle registered her 23rd career double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. AnnMarie Healy recorded double-digits for the seventh time this season and 10th in her career with 12 points. Erin McDonnell registered her 21st double-figure effort with 12 points. It was her first double-double since at Yale on Feb. 8, 2013. Shilpa Tummala recorded double-figures for the first time since Nov. 13, 2013 against BU. Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith used the starting lineup of Ali Curtis, Kaitlyn Dinkins, AnnMarie Healy, Temi Fagbenle and Erin McDonnell for the sixth-straight game. Harvard moves to 3-3 with this lineup.