ITHACA, N.Y. – Extending its win streak to three games, the Harvard women's basketball team (14-6, 5-2 Ivy League) took down Cornell (9-10, 2-5 Ivy League), 73-58, tonight, Feb. 14, at Newman Arena.
Four Crimson players recorded double-digit points tonight, led by sophomore Tess Sussman with a career-high 20 points. Sussman went four-for-five from three-point range and four-for-four from the charity stripe. First-year Lola Mullaney, sophomore Maggie McCarthy and senior Jeannie Boehm each reached double figures with 15, 14 and 11 points, respectively. Junior co-captain Rachel Levy guided the defense with 10 rebounds, while Sussman added eight and Boehm tallied six.
Harvard used the three-ball to its advantage to start the game, sinking four triples in the opening six minutes with three from Mullaney. The Big Red used a pair of free throws and consecutive layups to come within five, but an and-one play from McCarthy to close the quarter put the Crimson up 23-15.
The Crimson held Cornell scoreless through the first four and a half minutes of action in the second quarter, upping its lead to 29-15 in the process. Back-to-back triples from Gabby Donaldson and McCarthy widened Harvard's margin to 20, as the Crimson took a 38-19 lead into halftime.
Cornell began to close the gap in the third quarter, cutting its deficit to nine with a 6-0 run in the opening five minutes. Boehm broke through the drought with her fifth bucket of the night, while a pair of layups and free throws from Levy and Sussman helped the Crimson preserve its lead at 49-35 heading into the final frame.
Sussman buried back-to-back triples to open the fourth quarter and push Harvard's advantage to 13. Three points from Levy and a pair at the line from Mullaney extended the Crimson's lead to 18 at 62-44. The Crimson's offensive push continued, as Sussman and Mullaney each hit triples in the closing minutes to send Harvard past Cornell, 73-58.
- Four players recorded double-digit points, led by Sussman with a career-high 20.
- Boehm led the Crimson with six assists and two blocks.
- The Crimson held the Big Red to 37.5 percent shooting from the field and 20.0 percent from three-point range.
- Harvard sank six-of-nine three-pointers in the first half, adding four to its tally in the second half for 10 total and a 58.8 percentage.
- Harvard moves to 70-12 in its all-time series with Cornell.
- The Crimson has now won five-straight against the Big Red.
- Harvard has won five out of its last six games.
The Crimson will return to the court tomorrow night, Feb. 16, for a 5 p.m. tip-off at Columbia. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.