CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – First-Year Annie Stritzel carried the Harvard women's basketball team (4-2, 0-0 Ivy) past the Hartford Hawks (0-5, 0-0 MAAC) Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion, scoring a career-high 17 points to bring the Crimson a 53-44 victory.
Two different Crimson players scored in double digits, including a double-double effort by senior Jeannie Boehm with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Maggie McCarthy had a career-high 11 rebounds, while junior Rachel Levy tied her career high with three steals.
A back and forth battle in the first quarter left the Crimson down by one with a score of 11-10 after McCarthy sank two from the line. Both McCarthy and Boehm paced the Crimson with four points apiece.
Stritzel brought the Crimson back in the lead with a pair of baskets from the line, followed by a triple and a layup to put Harvard up 17-11. Stritzel's 7-0 run sparked the Crimson's offense, as Harvard outscored Hartford 18-4 in the duration of the second quarter. McCarthy had a steal to end the second, which was finished off for two by first-year Gabby Donaldson to give the Crimson a 30-15 lead. Harvard recorded a 46.7 shooting percentage, while holding the Hawks to a mere 14.2 percent in the second frame. Heading into the half, Stritzel led the team with seven points, followed by McCarthy and Boehm each with six.
The momentum continued for the Crimson in the second half, starting off the third quarter with a Mullaney triple and a layup from Levy. The Hawks went on a 12-0 run to cut the lead 51-41 in the fourth, but the Crimson proved to be too much late in the game, after two from Stritzel at the line solidified the win. Five different Crimson players scored in the second half, led by Stritzel and Boehm.
- Stritzel led the Crimson in scoring for the first time in her career, scoring a career-high 17 points.
- Boehm brought in her second double-double of the season, while adding five assists and four blocks to her tally.
- Levy recorded three steals.
- Eight different Crimson players scored.
- Harvard improves to a 7-5 all-time record against the Hawks.
The Crimson will take on Boston University in a road contest on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The opening tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.