CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard women's basketball team (14-10, 5-6 Ivy League) fell short against Columbia (16-8, 7-5 Ivy League) tonight at Lavietes Pavilion, 62-57.
Two Crimson players scored double-digit points tonight, led by first-year Lola Mullaney for the 15th time this season with 20 points, while also collecting three rebounds. Sophomore Tess Sussman tallied 17 points on the night, with five rebounds. Sophomore Maggie McCarthy paced Harvard with seven rebounds and a career-high seven assists.
Mullaney started the Crimson off hot with a deep three within a minute of play, followed by a triple from Sussman to give Harvard a quick 6-0 lead. The Lions went on their own 6-0 run to tie the game up, until Sussman nailed another triple to take the lead back 9-6 through the middle of the quarter. A three from Columbia with only a couple of seconds left on the clock tied the game up at the end of the first, 13-13. Through 10 minutes of play, Sussman led the team with eight points, while also collecting a pair of rebounds.
Mullaney scored on three consecutive plays, nailing two triples and a layup to start the second quarter. Harvard's defense didn't allow a Columbia basket in the first four minutes of the quarter, taking a 21-15 lead. Heading into halftime, Harvard led 34-27, scoring 21 points off of three-pointers. Both Mullaney (13) and Sussman (11) had double digits, while Boehm led the Crimson with four rebounds.
Yet another three started the Crimson off in the second half from Sussman, keeping the lead to seven. The Lions would go on a 9-0 run to take the lead, and kept the advantage through the remainder of the third. With seconds left on the clock, Boehm hit a crucial layup to head into the fourth quarter with a one-point lead, 43-42.
Junior Maddie Stuhlreyer widened the lead to three early in the fourth with a fade away jumper, but the Lions refused to die down and took the lead back shortly after. Down by three with 3:30 left to play, Mullaney hit a triple to tie the game back up, 50-50. Back-to-back triples from the Lions put them up by six, proving too much for the Crimson. Harvard fell short with a final score of 62-57.
- 21 of Harvard's 34 points in the first half came from triples.
- The Crimson had a 45 percent field goal percentage in the first half.
- McCarthy paced the Crimson with seven rebounds and a career-high seven assists.
- Harvard forced 16 turnovers over the course of the game.
- The Crimson went six-for-eight from the free throw line.
Harvard will return home tomorrow night for the last time in the regular season to host Cornell. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+. Prior to tomorrow night's game, the Crimson will honor the Class of 2020 in its senior night ceremony.