Victoria Lippert scored 17 points for the Crimson (Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Victoria Lippert led three Crimson players in double figures as the Harvard women’s basketball team stays perfect at home and improves to 6-0 at Lavietes Pavilion and 7-4 overall. Lippert scored a game high 17 points, 12 of which came in the second half.
Junior Emma Markley and sophomore Brogan Berry added 14 and 12 points, respectively Markley was 7-16 from the field and Berry was 4-7 from the field and a perfect 3-3 from the free throw line.
Markley quickly got the Crimson on the board with a jump shot just 10 seconds into the game. She scored eight of the first nine points to help Harvard run out to a 9-4 lead. Back-to-back baskets from the Mids tied the score at 11-11 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
Freshman Elle Hagedorn put the Crimson up 26-20 with just over a minute to play, which was part of a 6-2 run by Harvard to close out the half.
Markley opened the second half the same as the first, scoring two points in the paint just 10 seconds into play. Classmate Jackie Alemany scored the first three pointer of the game for the Crimson 35 seconds later, giving the Crimson its first double-digit lead of the game, 33-22. The Mids chopped away at the lead with back-to-back three-pointers by K.C. Gordon and Cassie Consedine and got within two, 39-37, on another Gordon trey with 14:45 remaining.
Harvard went on a 16-5 run bring the score to 55-42 with just over seven minutes left. Gordon hit another three to cut the deficit to 10, but three Crimson trifectas and a Claire Wheeler jumper brought the Harvard lead to 21.
The Crimson capitalized on Navy’s 17 turnovers by scoring 21 points. Harvard shot just over 54 percent in the second stanza to give it a 44.6 percent effort from the field. The Crimson had eight blocks and nine steals in the contest, including three from Alemany.
The Crimson will travel to Amherst on Wednesday to take on Massachusetts at 5:30.