HANOVER, N.H. – Opening Ivy League action on the road, the Harvard women's basketball team (9-5, 0-1 Ivy League) fell late to Dartmouth (7-7, 1-0 Ivy League) in its conference opener this afternoon at the Leede Arena.
Three Crimson players recorded double-digit points, led by first-year Lola Mullaney with 16. Co-captains senior Mackenzie Barta and junior Rachel Levy provided support with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Adding to Harvard's offensive efforts, senior Jeannie Boehm dished out a career-high eight assists. Boehm set a new career-high in rebounds as well, leading the Crimson with 18.
Dartmouth opened the game with an early 7-4 lead, before Barta sank her first triple of the day to put the Crimson up 9-7. Harvard used a 4-1 run to extend its advantage to 15-11 midway through the first quarter, until the Big Green hit three consecutive triples to end the opening frame with a 10-point lead at 25-15.
The Big Green's sharp three-point shooting continued at the start of quarter two as Dartmouth widened its margin to 14. The Crimson's offense came alive halfway through quarter two, using a 6-1 run to cut its deficit to five. Six second-quarter points from Mullaney helped Harvard come within three at the half, trailing 34-31.
An explosive offense from Harvard to open the second half allowed the Crimson to take back the lead. The Crimson drilled five triples in the third quarter, with three from Barta and two from Mullaney to take a 46-43 advantage. Dartmouth stayed strong from distance as well, sinking its 10th from behind the arc to head to the final frame knotted at 48-48.
Harvard and Dartmouth each opened the fourth quarter with triples, as the back-and-forth action continued throughout the frame. Five points from Sussman and a lay-up from Boehm extended the Crimson's lead to four late in the quarter. The Big Green sank its 13th triple of the game to come within one under the two-minute mark, eventually taking a one-point lead after stealing the ball and at half court with under 30 seconds to go. Dartmouth held onto the 63-62 lead to seal the victory.
- Boehm broke her career-high in rebounds for the second time this season, now with 18, and set a new career-high in assists with eight.
- Barta tied her career-high three-pointers with four.
- Five of the Crimson's eight three-pointers came in the third quarter.
- Harvard outrebounded Dartmouth 39-27.
- The Crimson totaled 17 assists.
- The Crimson falls to 26-20 all-time in its Ivy League openers and 23-15 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
- Harvard continues to lead its in all-time series with Dartmouth, 50-36.
Harvard will return home to Lavietes Pavilion to host Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 25 to conclude the season series. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.