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Strong Shooting Propels Harvard Over Dartmouth 77-59

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By Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. –  Three Players finished in double figures, but strong outside shooting propelled Harvard over the Dartmouth women’s basketball team, 77-59, on Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.

Sophomore Lakin Roland led the team with 16 points, but was limited due to early foul trouble. Senior Nicola Zimmer added 14 points and freshman Fanni Szabo chimed in with 10. 

Harvard finished with three players in double figures as well, but had a balanced offence that saw ten players score. Christine Clark had a game-high 17 points and AnnMarie Healy contributed 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Erin McDonnell added 19 points. The Crimson nailed ten three-pointers and shot 46 percent from the floor. 

Both sides traded baskets to begin play, with Dartmouth hitting a triple on its first offensive possession by Szabo.  The Green battled and held a 10-7 lead and then a 13-9 advantage, but Harvard scored six of the next eight points to tie the game at 15-all with 12:03 left on a layup by Erin McDonnell. Harvard finished the half with a 29-9 run and took a 44-24 lead into the break.

Zimmer had nine points at half and Clark led Harvard with 10. The Crimson hit 6-of-17 from the outside, while the Green hit nine field goals.

In the second, Harvard continued to hold a double-digit lead and took a 33-point edge, 67-34, with 9:50 left. Roland scored 13 points in the final stanza on 5-of-7 shooting and went to the line four times.  

After scoring 56 points in the paint in the first game of the season series, Harvard moved outside the arc and connected on 10-of-26 from three. The Crimson added 28 points in the paint and scored 35 bench points.  After shooting just 32 percent in the opening frame, Dartmouth shot 50 percent in the second connecting on 13-of-26. 

Harvard finished with a 45-26 edge in rebounds and were led by Healy with nine caroms. Junior Abbey Schmitt led Dartmouth with seven rebounds.  The Big Green shot 41 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line. 

The Big Green drop to 3-13 overall and 0-2 in league play, while Harvard increased its record to 12-4 and 2-0 in the Ancient 8. 

Dartmouth will travel to Philadelphia for a meeting with Penn on Friday at 7 p.m., before a meeting with Princeton on Saturday at 6 p.m.