Rebounding, Defense Lead Women’s Basketball Past Dartmouth, 56-43

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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HANOVER, N.H. – Harvard women's basketball (6-8, 1-0) won its Ivy League opener over Dartmouth, 56-43, at Leede Arena Saturday evening behind strong defense and rebounding. Senior AnnMarie Healy recorded her seventh career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, as classmate Kit Metoyer added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Senior Shilpa Tummala and junior Destiny Nunley added 11 points apiece as the Crimson outrebounded the Big Green (5-12, 0-1) by a 45-36 margin, including 18-9 on the offensive glass. Harvard forced Dartmouth into 19 turnovers. The Big Green was paced by Lakin Roland, who recorded a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Crimson controlled the paint, outpacing the Big Green 26-10.

Dartmouth started the scoring with five-consecutive points before Harvard took over, spouting off a 12-0 run and scoring 15 of the final 17 points to take a 15-7 lead into the first break. The Crimson held the Big Green to 3-of-15 shooting over the first 10 minutes and forced four turnovers.

Harvard posted the first three points of the second quarter before Dartmouth threatened with back-to-back jumpers to pull within seven, 20-13, at the 4:44 mark. Freshman Nani Redford manufactured a steal on one end, turning it into two points at the other to start an 8-2 spurt. The Crimson held a 10-point advantage, 28-18, at halftime.

The second half opened with Dartmouth scoring six of the first seven points to narrow its deficit to six, 30-24.Harvard responded immediately as Metoyer converted on a lay-up and Tummala nailed a triple on the wing with 1:20 to play in the third stanza to put Harvard ahead, 39-27. With 10 minutes to play, the Crimson was ahead, 41-29.

Harvard expanded its lead to 19 – the largest of the game – at the 6:20 mark off a Metoyer jumper in the lane. Lakin began a barrage of threes, pulling the Big Green with 10, 53-43, just under two minutes later. Harvard continued its strong defense to hold on and walk away with the 13-point win.

The Crimson is off until Jan. 23, when it welcomes Dartmouth to Lavietes Pavilion for its first home game in 46 days.

Game Notes: AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 14th time this season and the 37th of her career with 12 points. IT marked her seventh career double-double and first this season. Destiny Nunley posted double-figures for the second-straight game and fifth time this season (11 points). Shilpa Tummala added 11 points for her 12th double-digit outing this year. Kit Metoyer posted double-digits for the eighth time this season. The Crimson moves to 45-33 all-time against the Big Green. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Healy, Redford, Tummala, Metoyer and Raster for the 11th-straight game. The Crimson moves to 5-6 with that starting five. Healy paced the Crimson in scoring for the eighth time this year.