Women’s Basketball Narrowly Falls to Yale in Season Finale, 60-58

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Concluding its 2020 campaign on the road, the Harvard women's basketball team (15-12, 6-8 Ivy League) was edged by Yale, 60-58, in its season finale tonight at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. 

Three Crimson players recorded double-digit points tonight, led by senior Jeannie Boehm with a near career-high 19. First-year Lola Mullaney and Rachel Levy joined in double figures with 16 and 14 apiece. Boehm recorded her sixth double-double of the season, leading the defense with 15 rebounds, her 11th game with double-digit boards. Levy and sophomore Maggie McCarthy provided support with nine and eight rebounds each. 

The teams traded baskets to open the game, highlighted by triples from Levy and Mullaney and four points from Boehm. Back-and-forth action continued throughout the opening frame, before Mullaney sank back-to-back triples to give the Crimson a 20-13 lead. Yale started the second quarter with a 4-0 run to pull within two at 20-18. Layups from McCarthy and Mullaney widened Harvard's margin to five, but the Bulldogs used a 6-1 run to take a 34-28 lead into halftime. 

Harvard started the second half off with baskets from Levy and Boehm to cut its deficit to four at 38-34. The Crimson's offense stormed back with a 5-0 run of its own to tie the game at 43-43, until Yale once again took the lead back to close the quarter up 49-43. 

The Crimson opened the final frame on a 4-1 run to take a 52-51 lead thanks to baskets from Levy and Boehm again. Yale climbed its way back to a three-point lead at 57-54, before Boehm brought the Crimson within one at the two-minute mark. A pair of late free throws gave Harvard the lead back at 58-57, before the Bulldogs hit a triple with 25 seconds on the clock to clinch the 60-58 victory. 

Harvard Highlights
- Jeannie Boehm recorded a team-high 19 points, concluding her collegiate career with 997 points.
- Boehm posted her sixth double-double of the season to lead the Crimson on both ends of the court with 15 rebounds. 
- Boehm and sophomore Tess Sussman provided support to Harvard's offense, each dishing out a team-best four assists.