Emma Markley is the 14th player to scored 1,000 points at Harvard. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
BOSTON, Mass. – Four Crimson players scored in double figures to lead the Harvard women's basketball team to a 69-58 victory over Boston University Tuesday evening at Case Gymnasium. Senior Emma Markley scored her 1,000th career point.
Brogan Berry led the Crimson with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the arc. Sophomore Victoria Lippert and freshman Christine Clark added 11 each, while Markley had 10 on the night.
Harvard took an early 3-2 lead before the two teams traded baskets over the opening five minutes. A jumper from Lippert sparked a 6-0 run by the visiting team that gave the Crimson a 16-9 lead with 12:15 left in the first half. The Harvard defense held the Terriers without a field goal for eight minutes, allowing only two points from the free throw line during that stretch. A lay-up by Markley with 6:35 left added her name to the 1,000 point club and gave the Crimson a double-digit lead (27-16) for the first time in the game. Harvard led by as many as 13 before BU cut it down to seven with less than a minute to play.
The Crimson shot 46.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes including 100 percent from the line (2-for-2) and 3-of-9 from long range. Harvard crushed the boards in the first half, outrebounding the Terriers, 27-13.
Harvard started the second stanza off with solid shooting, making five of its first seven shots. But turnovers by the Crimson allowed BU to get back into the game, closing to within five points (43-38) after seven minutes of play. The lead was just three points midway through the second half. A series of runs allowed the Crimson to regain its double-digit lead but the Terriers would not back down using Kerry Cashman in the paint 16 (12 points in the second) to stay in the game. Six straight Crimson points with three minutes to go allowed Harvard to take its largest lead of the game, 16, with 2:12 on the scoreboard. BU closed the gap to 11 before time expired.
The Crimson shot 50.9 percent from the field, its first 50 percent shooting effort this season and made 8-of-17 shots from long range. Harvard won the battle on the boards, 43-31, for its second 40 or more rebounding effort of the season.
Harvard meets Holy Cross Sunday for its second straight America East matchup. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.