Photo of Emma Markley courtesy of Gil Talbot.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite outscoring the Bears by eight in the second half, the Harvard women's basketball team fell to Brown, 57-56, Saturday night at the Pizzatola center. Senior Emma Markley led the Crimson (13-8, 5-2 Ivy) with her second double-double of the season, putting up 22 points and pulling down 11 boards.
Brown took the early lead, making two shots from beyond the arc to go up 6-2 after four minutes of play. Christine Clark's three-point play evened the score at 8, six minutes into the game and the Crimson used a 4-0 run to take a 12-8 lead. The Bears regained the lead at 17-16 and extended it to 33-24 with 3:30 left in the game. Markley cut the lead to six with an and-1 play, but Brown scored the Crimson 5-2 in the last three minutes of the first half to take a 38-29 lead into the locker room.
Markley led the Crimson with 11 points and five rebounds after 20 minutes of play.
Harvard slowly chipped away at the lead, outscoring the Bears, 13-6, in the opening seven minutes of the second session to cut the lead to 44-42. Brown responded with a triple of their end to extend its lead to six, 50-44, with 11:51. Berry and Markley made lay-ups and several Crimson players scored points from the free throw line to cut the deficit to two, 52-50, with 7:06 on the clock. Five straight Brown scores sent the lead back up to seven with 2:22 remaining in the game. Harvard scored on two possessions from the paint to make it 57-54 and then Clark hit two free throws to to make it 57-65 with 48 ticks on the clock. The Crimson forced a Bears turnover and called timeout with 21 seconds left to come up with a play. Harvard's shot bounced off the rim and the Crimson grabbed the rebound, but the second shot was off the mark.
The Bears shot 42.3 percent on the night and hit nine baskets from beyond the arc. Brown won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Crimson, 39-34.
Harvard returns home for back-to-back weekends at home starting with Cornell Friday night at 7 p.m.