Late Rally Pushes Women’s Basketball Past Dartmouth, 75-69

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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HANOVER, N.H. – A late push by Harvard women's basketball to overcome a 14-point deficit late in the second half gave the Crimson a 75-69 win over Dartmouth Saturday night at Leede Arena. Five Crimson student-athletes posted double-figures and Harvard went 18-of-23 from the free throw line to secure the win.  

The Crimson (8-8, 1-1) was paced by 17 points by junior forward AnnMarie Healy. Healy, who is averaging 19 points over her last three games played, went 8-for-13 from the field and added three steals. Senior forward Temi Fagbenle registered her seventh double-double of the season with strong second-half play, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Shilpa Tummala – who ignited the Harvard comeback – finished with 11 points in 17 minutes. Seniors Ali Curtis and Erin McDonnell also chipped in 11 points apiece.  

Dartmouth (10-5, 1-0) was led by Fanni Szabo, who finished with 25 points on 10-of-24 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists.

The two teams played each other evenly after the break, as Dartmouth kept at least an eight-point cushion. With six minutes to play, the Crimson made its move as Tummala sparked a 12-2 run with a lay-up and step-back three. Down 64-60, Lakin Roland hit a three that could have spelled Harvard's demise. Instead, freshman Anna Lachenauer answered with a lay-up to kick off 12 unanswered points by the Crimson. Tummala gave Harvard its first lead of the game, 68-67, after a sequence in which she stole a pass, was fouled, made 1-of-2 from the free throw line and nailed the three after McDonnell pulled down the offensive board. Harvard connected on 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.   

The Crimson headed to the locker room down 39-26 despite 15 combined points from Healy and Fagbenle. Dartmouth jumped out to a 12-2 lead over the first two minutes, scoring eight quick points by the 19:10 mark. Over the two-minute span, the Crimson shot just 1-of-4 with five turnovers.

Spouting off six-straight points, the Crimson pulled within four after back-to-back Healy lay-ups. A three in the corner by Szabo put the Big Green up seven, 15-8, with 14:16 left in the stanza. Three minutes later, Dartmouth rattled off seven unanswered points to push its lead to 11 and would balloon its advantage to 13 just before the half.

Harvard welcomes No. 23 Princeton and Penn to Lavietes Pavilion next weekend.

Game Notes: The Crimson has made a three-pointer in 173 consecutive games, breaking the program record. Temi Fagbenle registered her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Fagbenle registered her 13th double-figure game of the season and 53rd double-digit effort of her career. Fagbenle is 22 points away from her 1,000th career point. For the 11th time this season, AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures with 17 points. Erin McDonnell registered her 28th double-figure effort, and 14th this season, with 11 points. Shilpa Tummala posted double-digits for the second time this season. It marked the third game Ali Curtis reached 10-plus points. The Crimson moves to 2-0 with the starting lineup of Temi Fagbenle, AnnMarie Healy, Erin McDonnell, Shilpa Tummala and Ali Curtis. Harvard rises to 44-33 all-time against the Big Green.