Healy’s Game Winner Leads Women’s Basketball Past Yale, 65-63

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior captain AnnMarie Healy put back her own rebound as the buzzer sounded to lead Harvard women's basketball past rival Yale, 65-63, in an incredible finish Friday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. It marked the Crimson's (13-11, 8-3) fifth-straight Ivy League win.

Healy ended with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Senior captain Kit Metoyer added 14 points and six rebounds. Freshman Sydney Skinner matched her career high with 14 points, including eight in the final quarter, adding four boards and two helpers.

Yale (11-17, 2-9) was paced by 20 points and six rebounds from Nyasha Sarju. Lena Munzer chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Knotted at 5-5, the Crimson spouted off 14 unanswered points to push ahead, 19-5. Tummala started the run with a triple from the top of the arc and Madeline Raster capped it with two free throws after a hard take to the basket. Yale responded with 10 of the next 12 points, but Metoyer hit a step-back three at the buzzer to give the Crimson a 27-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The two teams struggled over the first 6:30 of the second stanza, hitting just 4-of-20 from the field and coughing up the ball five times, as the Crimson maintained a 30-23 lead. Healy responded with two-straight makes to give the Crimson a nine-point advantage, 35-26, at the 2:47 mark. Harvard headed into the locker room up eight, 35-27.

The third quarter belonged to Yale, as the Bulldogs outpaced the Crimson, 21-15, to come within two, 50-48. Harvard kicked off the period with five of the first seven points, but Yale rattled off the next seven points to narrow the deficit to four, 40-36, at the halfway mark. The Crimson pushed back out to seven 90 seconds later, but nine of the final 13 points came from those in blue uniforms.

Three quick points by Yale in the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs its first lead in 30 minutes, 51-50. The Harvard captains responded with five-straight points – including a triple by Metoyer at the top of the key – to put the Crimson back on top, 55-51. Yale wasn't finished, rattling off eight-straight points to gain a four-point advantage, 61-57, with 2:26 to play.

Skinner took control of the game, posting a 6-0 run of her own, including a step-back three from the top of the key to give the home team a one-point lead. After a free throw by Skinner, Sarju knotted the game 63-63 with 34 seconds remaining. A dribble drive offense set up a Healy lay-up, which she missed but got her own rebound to secure the victory.  

Harvard wraps its home slate tomorrow against Brown. The game will serve as the final home game for Healy, Metoyer and Tummala. Tip is at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital network.

Game Notes: With four threes, senior Kit Metoyer sits at No. 10 all-time with 113 career threes. She needs five to pass No. 9 Suzie Miller '98 (117). For the 14th time this year, Metoyer posted double-figures with 14 points. Sydney Skinner matched her career high and posted double-figures for the fourth time this year with 14 points. AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the 24th time this season and the 47th of her career with 21 points. Healy has paced Harvard 14 times and poured in 20-plus five times. The Crimson moves to 5-0 with the starting lineup of Healy-Tummala, Metoyer, Raster and Skinner. This marks the longest win streak of the season.