Photo of Christine Clark courtesy of Gil Talbot.
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard women's basketball team finished out the 2011 season with a 62-55 win over Dartmouth Tuesday night at Leede Arena. Freshman Christine Clark led the Crimson with 19 points, while Brogan Berry and Emma Markley reached double figures.
Berry was 6-for-11 from the field for 17 points with four assists and three steals. Markley connected on 6-of-13 attempts to total 13 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Markley finishes her Crimson career eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,285 points and 10th on the all-time rebounding list with 645 boards.
Markley scored first and Berry helped the Crimson to a 4-2 advantage early in the game. After Dartmouth took a 10-6 lead, Markley responded with a jumper and Berry drained a three to give the Crimson an 11-10 lead with 13:39 to play. Markley had six of Harvard's first eight points. The two teams traded baskets and the lead on their next two possessions. Miriam Rutzen hit a shot from beyond on the arc to give the Crimson a 16-14 lead with 8:13 to play. Markley extended the lead to 18-14 over the next three minutes. Dartmouth evened the score at 18 before two Christine Clark free throws put the visiting team up 20-18 with 1:59 to play. Faziah Steen picked off the ball and ran in for a fast break lay-up in the finals seconds of the half to tie the game at 20.
Markley led the Crimson with eight points and Berry added seven in the first 20 minutes. The Crimson shot just 25.8 percent during the first half, but held a 27-21 edge in rebounds.
The Crimson opened the second half with a 10-3 run that set up a 32-25 lead after five minutes of action. After the Big Green cut the lead to three, the Crimson used a 9-0 run to take its first double-digit lead of the night, 41-29 with 10:51 to play. Dartmouth responded with an 8-2 run of its own to cut the lead to six two minutes later. Harvard extended its advantage to seven before Dartmouth made it a four points game, 48-44 with 4:29 remaining. Less than two minutes later, Steen drains a three to make it a one points game 52-51. Harvard scored on its next two possessions to go back up by five, 56-51. The Big Green went to the line and scored two to pull within three and then after Harvard hit two of its own from the charity stripe, a long range shot pulled the home team to within 58-55 with 24 ticks on the clock. Dartmouth fouled and the Crimson, the best free throw shooting team in the league, hit both and held the Big Green from finding the basket again.
The Crimson shot 33.3 percent for the game, while the Big Green hit a 29.5 clip from the field. Dartmouth won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Crimson, 45-44.
Harvard finishes the season with an 18-10 overall mark and a 10-4 Ivy League record. The Crimson finished in a tie for second in the league standings.