CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- First-year Lola Mullaney paced the Harvard women's basketball team (10-5, 2-1 Ivy League) to a 58-51 victory against Penn (10-5, 0-2 Ivy League) in front of a home crowd this evening, scoring 20 points towards the team's total. The Crimson is now 6-1 at home, with back-to-back wins.
Mullaney went 5-for-8 from the three-point range, while shooting 41 percent overall. Senior Jeannie Boehm collected her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Sophomore Tess Sussman brought in eight points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Maggie McCarthy scored seven points. Senior caption Mackenzie Barta tallied six points for the team.
Three pointers were the theme of the first quarter, accounting for 12 of Harvard's 17 points. After quickly falling behind to the Quakers 5-0, the Crimson fired back with back-to-back triples from Mullaney and a jumper from Sussman to give the lead to Harvard for the first time in the game. Ending the first quarter, the Crimson led 17-11. Heading into the half, the Crimson held Penn to just two points in the second quarter, with a 5.6 shooting percentage.
The second quarter led off with yet another three, this time coming from Barta. After stellar defense paired with a layup from Boehm and two from the line from junior Rachel Levy, the squad led the Quakers 22-13 midway through the second quarter. Back-to-back threes from Mullaney gave the Crimson an 18-point lead heading into the half.
The second half got off to a quick start from the Quakers, but back-to-back layups from Boehm gave the momentum back to Harvard, going on a 9-0 run. The Crimson allowed Penn to go on an 11-0 run late in the third quarter, but its lead was enough to stop the Quakers. A deep triple from Mullaney gave the Crimson a 13-point lead heading into the last quarter.
The Quakers came back within single digits of the Crimson quickly into the fourth quarter 49-40 before a jumper from Boehm switched the momentum for the final time in the game. Holding a nine-point lead heading into the two-minute mark in the fourth quarter, McCarthy hit two from the line to seal the deal. The Quakers came close to coming back, but a huge defensive block from Boehm helped Harvard capture the 58-51 victory.
- The Harvard squad held Penn to a 17 percent shooting percentage in the first half, and 9 percent from the three-point range.
- The Crimson held the Quakers to just two points in the second quarter.
- The team shot 12-for-14 from the line, including a perfect 6-for-6 outing from Levy.
- Harvard forced the Quakers to 12 turnovers throughout the game.
The squad is set to return to the Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 1 to face Princeton. Tip-off is slated for 5:00 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+.