Photo of Victoria Lippert courtesy of Gil Talbot.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's basketball team fell for the first time in league play Friday night to Yale, 82-71. The loss snapped the Crimson's seven-game win streak and puts the Crimson at 13-7 on the season and 5-1 in Ancient Eight play.
Victoria Lippert led the Crimson with 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Lippert was one of four Crimson players in double figures ad Brogan Berry added 16 points and seven assists, Emma Markley scored 14 points and Christine Clark contributed 11.
Yale ran out to an early 9-2 lead shooting 45 percent from the field and holding one of the league's best shooting teams to just 13 percent from the field after four minutes of play. Berry and Markley helped the Crimson cut the lead to 13-10 just before the media timeout, but a 14-4 run to build a 27-14 with five minutes remaining in the first half. Emma Golen drained a three to cut the lead to 27-17, but Yale outscored the Crimson 11-2 in the final 5:23 to take a 39-19 lead into the locker room.
Harvard shot 32.1 percent in the half and was outrebounded 20-14. Berry led the Crimson in scoring with six points.
The Crimson came out strong in the second half and quickly cut the lead to 14, but solid shooting from the Bulldogs allowed the home team to take a 55-35 advantage with 12:20 to play in the game. Midway through the second session the Crimson went on a 12-4 run to chip away at the deficit. After Yale made it two straight points from the Bulldogs, the Crimson used a 9-3 run that included triples from to make it a 10- point game, 71-61, with Christine Matera and Victoria Lippert. Berry and Jasmine Evans made it an eight-point game with 1:04 remaining on the clock. The Crimson was unable to get any closer as Yale headed to the free throw line several times in the final seconds to pull off the upset.
The crimson shot 49.2 percent from the field and 62.2 percent in the second half comeback. The Bulldogs shot 56.4 percent from the field. Harvard edged Yale on the glass, outrebounding the Elis, 33-32.
Harvard returns to action tomorrow night at Brown. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.