Women’s Basketball Edges Massachusetts, 67-65

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior AnnMarie Healy led Harvard women's basketball (1-1) to a 67-65 triumph over Massachusetts dishing out 18 points, while classmate Shilpa Tummala matched her career high of 17 points Wednesday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. Freshman Madeline Raster found an open lane with 18 seconds left to secure the win for the Crimson.

Healy hit 7-of-12 from the field and grabbed five rebounds, while junior Destiny Nunley added a career-high 12 points and tied her personal best in rebounds with seven. UMass' (1-1) Bria Stallworth put up 19 points pace all scorers, adding four assists. Rashida Timbullia pulled down 10 boards.

The Crimson got on the board early, as Tummala recorded her first and second three pointers of the game to give Harvard a 7-2 lead at 7:50 of the first quarter. Freshman Nani Redford connected with Healy to put the Crimson ahead six with a straight-away three. Healy knocked down a catch-and-shoot jumper off a pass from Sydney Skinner at the baseline to close out the first quarter, 15-10.

Massachusetts' Bria Stallworth knotted the game at 18 with a jumper off a pass from Cierra Dillard with 6:41 left in the second. The Minutewomen would persist with three-straight scores, putting the game in their hands, 25-19. Buckets by Healy and Tummala pushed Harvard to a 6-0 run and knotted the game at 25. UMass ended the Crimson run as Stallworth and Timbillia added to its score and wrapped the half, 29-27.

Skinner drove into the key and connected on back-to-back layups inching the lead to one, 37-36. A UMass floater from Stallworth would put the Minutewomen back on top with a 3-point lead at 3:29, 41-38. Harvard's first lead since the second quarter came from a Redford layup after Raster found her in the paint.

Healy found Nunley after she broke past her defender for the opening point of the fourth, 47-46. Raster nailed a triple as the shot clock expired to push the lead to 52-50. The two teams traded baskets for most of the final quarter until Tummala found Nunley, who knocked in a lay-up to give the Crimson a 62-60 lead.

After a successful and-one play by Healy, the Crimson led, 65-63. Raster added a score with 0:18 left in the game, 67-63, and Cierra Dillard's basket would not be enough as Harvard's defense stood strong for the last seven seconds of the game.

Harvard travels to Rhode Island for the URI Tip-Off Classic starting with a game at noon on Nov. 21 against the Rams.

Game Notes: Senior AnnMarie Healy posted a season high with 18 points, her 25th game in double-figures. The game was Shilpa Tummala's second-straight with a career high 17 points. Junior Destiny Nunley scored a career-high 12 points while also tying her personal best in rebounds with seven. Harvard moves to 9-12 all-time against Massachusetts and has won eight-straight. The Crimson's starting lineup consisted of Tummala, Porter, Metoyer, Healy and Skinner, moving the team to 1-1 on the season with those starters.