Women’s Basketball Tops Brown, 63-59

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind 17 points from first-year Lola Mullaney and 17 rebounds from junior Rachel Levy, the Harvard women's basketball team (15-11, 6-7 Ivy League) topped Brown (8-18, 2-11 Ivy League) this evening, March 6, at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Three Crimson players recorded double-digit points in tonight's game, led by Mullaney with 17, sophomore Tess Sussman with 13 and first-year Annie Stritzel with 10. The duo of Mullaney and Sussman accounted for seven of Harvard's nine three-pointers on the night. Defensively, Levy nearly tied her career-high with a team-best 17 rebounds, while senior Jeannie Boehm and Mullaney each tallied seven.

Brown began the game with a 6-2 lead, before the Crimson stormed back with 10-straight points to take a 12-6 advantage. Harvard used a 4-2 scoring run to end the first quarter with a seven-point lead off of layups from Levy and Stritzel, and Mullaney's second triple of the frame. The Crimson kicked off the second quarter with back-to-back triples from Sussman and Stritzel, before Brown used a 4-0 run to come within five at 29-24. Harvard added two baskets in the closing minutes to maintain a 32-24 lead headed into halftime.

Brown came out the gates with offensive pressure in the third quarter, sinking three consecutive baskets to tie the game. Back-and-forth action continued for the remainder of the quarter. Sussman hit two late jumpers, but Brown held onto a tight 41-38 lead going into the final frame.

After a slow start to the fourth quarter, the Crimson's offense came alive with three consecutive triples from Levy, Mullaney and Sussman to give Harvard the lead back at 52-44. Brown used a 4-2 run to cut its deficit to three, but Mullaney's fourth triple of the night and a pair of free throws from McCarthy sealed the victory for Harvard at 63-59.

Harvard Highlights
- Three Crimson players posted double-digit points against Brown, led by Lola Mullaney with 17.
- Junior co-captain Rachel Levy recorded a team-high 17 rebounds and a team-best two blocks to lead the defense.
- Tess Sussman dished out a team-best four assists.
- Harvard held Brown to 28 percent shooting from three-point range.

Game Notes
- Harvard moves to 56-34 in its all-time series with Brown, securing 17 of the last 19 matchups with the Brown Bears.
- The Crimson secured the season series sweep over Brown.

Up Next
The Crimson will travel to Yale for its last regular season contest of the season tomorrow evening, March 7. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.