Women’s Basketball Drops 70-48 Decision to Penn

Lola Mullaney drives to the net.
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Closing out its four-game road stretch, the Harvard women's basketball team (14-10, 5-5 Ivy League) dropped a 70-48 decision to Penn (17-5, 7-2 Ivy League) on Saturday night at the Palestra.

Sophomore Tess Sussman and first-year Lola Mullaney led the Crimson with 10 points each, their eighth and 17th games in double figures, respectively. Sophomore Maggie McCarthy nearly joined the duo in double-digits with nine points. Senior Jeannie Boehm guided Harvard defensively for the 13th time this season with a team-best 11 rebounds, while Sussman added eight to her tally.

Penn raced to a 12-0 lead to start the game. Boehm, Mullaney and Sussman hit baskets down the stretch, while McCarthy sank a triple to bring the Crimson within 14 at 24-10 to close the opening frame. The Crimson used a 4-2 run to cut its deficit to 10 midway through quarter two after six points from Sussman and a triple from Annie Stritzel. However, back-to-back triples from the Quakers extended their lead to 38-22 headed into halftime.

The Quakers widened its margin to 21 after a 3-0 run to begin the second half. McCarthy buried her second triple of the night, while Boehm and Stuhlreyer added baskets for the Crimson in the third quarter. Penn hit three consecutive sets of free throw attempts at the end of the frame to take a 57-29 lead. Harvard began the final frame with a 6-3 run, capped by triples from McCarthy and Mullaney. Penn's defense held the Crimson at bay for the remainder of the game, taking the contest 70-48.

Harvard Highlights
- Tess Sussman and Lola McCarthy led the Crimson in scoring with 10 points each.
- Junior co-captain Rachel Levy recorded two steals and two blocks.
- Four Crimson players recorded three assists each.
- Harvard went five-for-six from the free throw line.

Up Next
Harvard will return home to host Columbia and Cornell, Feb. 28-29, in its final two home contests of the regular season. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, as will be broadcast on ESPN+. Prior to Saturday's game against the Big Red, the Crimson will honor the Class of 2020 in its senior day ceremony.