CAMBRIDGE, Mass – The Harvard women's basketball team (3-0, 0-0 Ivy) used a 35-4 run to end the first half in its 68-51 victory over Siena (0-3, 0-0 MAAC) Tuesday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. The victory gave the Crimson its third consecutive win to open the 2019-20 campaign, the first time Harvard has been 3-0 since 2004-05.
Three Crimson players scored in double figures: sophomore Tess Sussman, senior Mackenzie Barta and sophomore Maggie McCarthy. Pacing the Crimson was Sussman, who scored a career-high 17 points on seven-for-13 shooting, while adding five assists. Barta tallied 16 points, while McCarthy added 11.
Trailing 7-2 early in the first quarter, the Crimson caught fire to end the first quarter, scoring 11 unanswered points to take a 13-7 lead into the second quarter. A three-pointer from junior Matilda Salen early in quarter two helped the Crimson to continue the momentum, and at the end of the first half, Harvard had extended its lead to 26.
A back-and-forth second half ensued, with the final margin of victory resting at 17 for the Crimson.
The Saint offense struggled against a stout Crimson defense. Siena shot just four-for-31 from the field in the first half, and a mere 30 percent throughout the duration of the contest. Harvard also won the battle on the glass, outrebounding Siena, 48-36.
- Sussman led the Crimson in scoring for the first time this season and scored a career-high 17 points.
- 12 members of the Harvard squad saw action in the contest.
- First-year Gabby Donaldson scored her first career points for the Crimson.
- 20 of the Harvard's 26 baskets came off an assist.
- Harvard moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2004-05.
- The Crimson improves to 6-2 all-time against the Saints and has won four-straight contests.
Harvard will hit the road for the second time this season, visiting La Salle and Rutgers this weekend. The matchup with La Salle is set for Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+, while Harvard and Rutgers will clash on Sunday, Nov. 17. Tip-off time is slated for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on BTN+.