Photo of Emma Markley courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's basketball team fell to Yale Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion, 78-64. Senior Emma Markley led the Crimson with 17 points, while two other Crimson players reached double figures.
Markley was 7-for-10 from the field with four rebounds. Victoria Lippert added 14 points included two threes. Brogan Berry also reached double figures with 13 points and led the Crimson with eight rebounds and four assists.
Harvard and Yale traded baskets early in the game with neither team leading by more than four until A Megan Vasquez three-pointer but the Bulldogs up 13-8. After Clark went 1-for-2 from the line to make it a four –point game, Yale went on a 14-1 run to take a 27-10 lead with 8:47 to play in the first session. The Crimson made three straight stops on defense and converted on jumpers at their end to make it 27-16 three minute later. A Yale shot from beyond the arc put the lead back to 14 with 3:15 to play. The Bulldogs equaled that lead with less than a minute to play. Elise Gordon scored four points in the final 32 second to pull the Crimson within 32-22 at the half.
Berry led the Crimson with seven points. Harvard shot 36 percent in the first half, while Yale hit 40.7 percent from the field.
Harvard came out and scored first in the second frame to cut the deficit to single digits, 32-24, one minute and 30 seconds into the second stanza. The Bulldogs increased its advantage to 14 two minutes later. The Crimson slowly chipped away at the deficit as Markley scored recorded two jumpers and went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe and a Jackie Alemany bucket made it a four point game with 8:48 to play. Yale answered with a 14-4 run to make it 61-47 with just over five minutes on the clock. Harvard cut into the lead making it a six-point game with 1:14 remaining on the clock. Two Crimson fouls sent the Bulldogs to the line where they went 3-for-4. Lippert drained a three from the top of the key to make it 70-64. The Crimson fouled Yale on its next possession and they hit their shots from the free throw line. Yale stretched it out to 78-64 before the final buzzer.
The Crimson shot 40.7 percent for the game, while the Bulldogs shot a 38.6 clip. Yale edged the Crimson in rebounds, 40-33.
Harvard heads out on the road for its final three contests of the year. First up is Penn Friday at 7 p.m.