CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Honoring the Class of 2020 in front of a large crowd at Lavietes Pavilion, the Harvard women's basketball team (14-11, 5-7 Ivy League) suffered a 55-47 setback to Cornell (10-14, 3-9 Ivy League) Saturday night.
The Crimson was led by pair of players scoring in double-digit points for the second consecutive night. First-year Annie Strizel paced the team with a career-high 18 points and collected four rebounds, while first-year Lola Mullaney recorded 17 points. Boehm led the team in rebounds for the 14th time this season, recording 12 boards.
Boehm started the team off scoring the first two baskets of the night for the Crimson, but the Big Red had a fast start to the game, taking a quick 13-4 lead midway through the first. Boehm would be the only Harvard player to score for the remainder of the frame, as the Crimson fell behind 22-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Stritzel hit a deep triple and a pair from the line to start the second, but Cornell's offense continued to stay hot. Mullaney scored a pair of baskets with three minutes left in the second, followed by a point at the free throw line from Maggie McCarthy, bringing the score to 33-16. Mullaney would hit two more triples, including one in the last few seconds of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 11. At the end of the first half, Mullaney led the team with 11 points, while Boehm paced the squad with eight rebounds.
McCarthy led things off in the second half with a layup, tallying her first basket of the night. A three-point jumper from Mullaney kept the Crimson within 10 of the Big Red. With under a minute to play in the third, Stritzel had a steal and sealed it with a layup to end the quarter down 44-33. Harvard stayed within 10 through the majority of the fourth, and came back to just four points behind Cornell with 30 seconds left in the game, but the Big Red edged the Crimson, 55-47.
- Harvard collected 10 blocks and 10 steals agains the Big Red.
- Stritzel scored a career-high 18 points, while collecting four rebounds.
- Boehm led the team in rebounds for the 14th time this season with 12.
- The Crimson shot 50 percent from the line.
The Crimson is set to compete in its last two regular season games, facing Brown and Yale on the road. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. against Brown and 4 p.m. against Yale, and will be broadcast on ESPN+.