CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a second-straight career night for junior forward AnnMarie Healy, Harvard women's basketball (6-8, 0-1) dropped a 76-61 decision to Dartmouth to open Ivy League play Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.
Healy tied her personal best with 20 points, adding a team-high 11 rebounds. Senior captain Erin McDonnell registered 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Temi Fagbenle pulled down 10 boards, her seventh double-digit rebound effort this season.
Dartmouth (10-5, 1-0) was led by Lakin Roland with 25 points and nine rebounds. Milica Toskovic added 15 points and Fanni Szabo chipped in 14 points and six boards.
For the game, Harvard shot nearly 37%, but was limited to 30.6% shooting in the second half and 4-of-19 from behind the arc. Dartmouth connected on 10-of-19 threes and went to the free throw line 28 times, making 22 freebies.
Healy led the Crimson early, scoring 10 points over the first nine minutes to knot the two teams at 16-16. An old-fashioned three-point play tied the score and the two teams would stay within a basket of each other for the next eight minutes. Even at 25-25, Dartmouth scored seven of the final 11 points before the break, including a jumper by Lakin at the buzzer, to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room.
The Big Green carried its momentum into the second half, scoring the first five points and 15 of the first 19 to take a 14-point lead, 47-33, at the 12:55 mark. McDonnell stopped the run with a jumper in the paint, but Dartmouth maintained its advantage for the next five minutes.
Harvard made a push at a comeback with a 6-0 spurt over the next 90 seconds to pull within eight, 55-47. Five-straight points gave the Big Green the momentum back and Dartmouth would make free throws down the stretch to win, 76-61.
The Crimson steps out of league play to host NJIT Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy tied her career high with 20 points, adding a team-high 11 rebounds. The junior posted double-figures for the 10th time this season and 20-plus for the second time in her career. It marked her third double-double of the season. Erin McDonnell registered her 26th double-figure effort, and 12th this season, with 19 points, adding nine rebounds. For the seventh time this season, Fagbenle posted double-digit boards with 10. The Crimson has made a consecutive three-pointer in 171 games, just one game shy of tying the program record. Harvard moves to 23-18 all-time in Ivy League openers and 20-13 all-time under the direction of head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson is 9-6 in opening games against Dartmouth. Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith used the starting lineup of Ali Curtis, Kaitlyn Dinkins, AnnMarie Healy, Temi Fagbenle and Erin McDonnell for the 11th-straight game. Harvard moves to 4-7 with this lineup. The Crimson moves to 43-33 all-time against Dartmouth.