Photo of Brogan Berry courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team downed New Hampshire, 96-63, Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson (5-3) shot a season-high 11 three-pointers and a season-best 51.4 percent from the field.
Brogan Berry was near perfect from the field making 8-of-9 field goals and hitting all five shots from the charity stripe for game-, team- and season-high 22 points. Christine Clark scored a career-high 18 points on a 6-for-11 clip. Victoria Lippert added 13 points, while Miriam Rutzen pulled down a game-high and career-high nine rebounds.
New Hampshire scored the first two baskets of the game to take a 5-0 lead less than a minute into the game. A trey from Christine Matera, a pair of Emma Markley free throws and a Berry jumper put the Crimson on top 11-8, six minutes into the first half. The Crimson took over from there outscoring the Wildcats, 15-2, over the next 6:33 to take a 29-15 lead with 6:48 remaining in the first half. Clark scored eight points, while Lippert and Markley added four each during the Crimson run. A Lauren Wells three-pointer was the only Wildcats field goal during that stretch. After a UNH timeout Harvard extended its lead to 20 (35-15) as Matera drained another trey and Claire Wheeler converted on a three-point play.
The Crimson hit its mark in the first half shooting 48.6 percent from the field which included a 71.4 (5-for-7) clip from beyond the arc. Harvard made all three shots from the free throw line. The Crimson grabbed 20 rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
UNH cut the deficit to 17 on a Wells three-pointer to start off the second stanza, but seven straight from the Crimson have the Crimson a 51-27 lead four minutes into the half. Harvard took its largest lead of the game when Clark hit a pair of free throws and Berry converted on a three-point play to make it 59-31 with 13:07 to play.
Harvard continued to hit from downtown and extended its advantage to as many as 29 several times down the stretch. The Crimson scored 90 or more points for the first time since putting up 90 against Northeastern (Dec. 9, 2009). The Crimson outrebounded the Wildcats, 42-29. Harvard's 64.7 percent from beyond the arc and 86.7 percent from the free throw line.
Harvard has a 12 day break from action for final exams. The Crimson returns to action Dec. 22 against Sacred Heart. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.