CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind balanced scoring and strong defense, the Harvard women's basketball team (3-2) thumped Boston University (0-4) by a 73-55 margin Tuesday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior Shilpa Tummala paced all scorers with her first career double-double, posting 17 points, 14 rebounds, four assist and two steals.
Senior captain Kit Metoyer chipped in 15 points (on 5-of-7 shooting from outside) and dished out three assists. Senior captain AnnMarie Healy and sophomore Kirby Porter rounded out the double-figure scoring with14 and 10 points, respectively.
BU was paced by double-doubles from Meghan Green (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Troi Melton (14 points, 10 rebounds). The Crimson shot nearly 41 percent from the field, while holding the Terriers to 33.3 percent, including just 3-of-13 from three.
Healy and Madeline Raster picked up right where they left off, scoring the first eight points to take an early 8-4 advantage at the 6:28 mark. The Terriers creeped within one, before senior Metoyer nailed a triple in front of the BU bench to start a 8-1 spurt that gave the Crimson a 18-10 lead at the first break.
Four quick points to start the second quarter pushed the Crimson lead to 12, 22-10, with just over a minute gone. BU posted five-unanswered points to pull within seven, but another Metoyer three – this time from the far corner – silenced the Terriers and gave Harvard a 25-15 lead at the 6:59 mark. The Crimson stayed on top by seven-plus until six-straight points from BU closed the gap to six with 10 seconds to play before the break. Freshman Nani Redford hit a buzzer-beating lay-up to secure the 40-32 halftime lead.
In the first half, Harvard shot 14-of-32 (43.8 percent), including 5-of-14 from behind the arc.
The Crimson pushed its lead to 16, 55-39, with a 10-3 run that ended at the 3:13 mark of the third quarter. Tummala started the run with a knock-down jumper and Destiny Nunley ended it with two blocks on one end of the floor and a lay-in at the other. Harvard held a 57-42 lead with 10 minutes to play.
In the final stanza, BU scored the first four points, but a Raster bucket began a 11-2 Crimson spurt that put Harvard on top, 68-48 with 2:50 to play. Harvard would not relent, running away with its first wire-to-wire win.
Harvard hits the road for a Saturday matchup with Rice. The homecoming for Metoyer will tip at 8 p.m. ET.
Game Notes: Shilpa Tummala posted her first double-double with a personal-best 17 points and 14 boards. Kit Metoyer posted double-figures for the second time this season with 15 points. AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the fifth time this season and the 28th time of her career with 14 points. Kirby Porter matched her career high with 10 points. Metoyer knotted her personal best with five triples. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the second-straight game. The Crimson moves to 2-0 with that starting five. The Crimson led at the half for the first time this season. Kelsey Bogdan saw the first action of her career. Four players posted double-figures for the second-straight game.