Harvard handed its archrival its first defeat in Ivy League competition Friday, pulling away in the fourth quarter to notch a 66-57 win over Yale at Lavietes Pavilion.
Yale (14-4, 4-1 Ivy) overcame an 18-8 deficit after one quarter to claim a 31-29 halftime lead, but the Crimson ended the game on a 15-5 run over the final 7:12, attacking the Bulldogs inside down the stretch.
Junior forward Rachel Levy posted seven points and as many rebounds in the fourth quarter alone en route to a 19-rebound, 14-point performance, key in a game in which neither team fared well shooting from three-point range. Harvard nearly doubled Yale in rebounds, 50-27, and outscored the visitors Yale in the paint, 42-32, and in second-chance points, 24-10.
First-year guard Lola Mullaney led Harvard in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-18 shooting from the field in 33 minutes. Sophomore guard Tess Sussman contributed 13 points in 29 minutes, including five in the fourth quarter as the Crimson jumped ahead of the Bulldogs for good.
Yale was led in scoring by senior guard Roxy Barahman, who registered 21 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field in 36 minutes.
Harvard gets Brown at Lavietes Saturday at 4 p.m., while Yale travels to Dartmouth to take on the Big Green at the same time.