Women’s Basketball Beats Yale, 68-63

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Behind a career-high 24 points from junior AnnMarie Healy, Harvard women's basketball bested Yale, 68-63, Friday night at Lee Amphitheater. The Crimson shot a blazing 54.9 percent from the floor, scoring 38 points in the paint and outrebounding the Bulldogs, 40-23.

Senior forward Temi Fagbenle posted her 12th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, the most for a Crimson player since Hana Peljto (15) in 2003-04. Senior captain Erin McDonnell also contributed 10 points and four assists for Harvard (13-14, 6-7).

Yale (12-15, 6-7) was paced by 17 points by Tamara Simpson and 16 from Whitney Wyckoff.

Harvard took a 39-34 lead into the locker room after an efficient performance from the field by both teams. The Crimson hit 17-of-33 shots (51.5 percent), and the Bulldogs connected on 14-of-28 from the floor, including hitting 6-of-9 from behind the arc. Healy, who owned 11 points at the break, spurred Harvard to an early 8-2 lead with three minutes gone. An 8-2 run by Yale leveled the score at 10-all three minutes later.

Meghan McIntyre hit her third three of the half to give the Bulldogs a 22-19 advantage at the 8:38 mark, but the Crimson roared back with a 13-2 spurt to hold a 32-24 lead with 4:27 to play before half. Healy started the run with a lay-up off a dish from Tummala and ended the swing with a strong drive resulting in an and-one. The Bulldogs narrowed the lead with back-to-back buckets to end the half, including a buzzer-beater by Katie Werner.

Yale continued its momentum after the break, scoring the first three baskets to regain the lead, 40-39. The Bulldogs seemed to gain momentum again, changing a one-point deficit to a three-point advantage with back-to-back drives by Lena Munzer and Simpson. McDonnell answered the call, connecting on a lay-up and nailing a long two from the wing to give the Crimson a lead it would not relinquish. A Yale free throw evened the score, but junior guard Shilpa Tummala answered immediately with a triple opposite the bench. Harvard made its free throws down the stretch to walk away with the five-point victory.

The Crimson wraps the regular season tomorrow at Brown. Tip is slated for 6 p.m.

Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy broke her career high with 24 points, posting her fourth 20-plus outing and 18th game with double-figures this season. For the 21st time this season and 61st time in her career, Temi Fagbenle posted double-figures with 15 points, adding 10 rebounds. It marked her 12th double-double of the season, the most since Hana Peljto in 2003-04 (15). The Crimson has made a consecutive three-pointer in a program-record 184 games. Fagbenle owns 1,136 career points to sit No. 15 all-time at Harvard. Erin McDonnell posted double-figures for the 24th time this season with 10 points.