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Lippert Scores 1,000th Career Point as Women's Basketball Surges Past Penn, 66-52

Lippert became the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club as the Crimson defeated Penn, 66-52 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Victoria Lippert scored her 1,000th career point and Brogan Berry notched a game-high 26 to lead the Harvard women's basketball team to a 66-52 win over Penn Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The win was the 300th for the Crimson in Ivy League play, making Harvard only the second team in conference history to reach 300.

Lippert scored 12 points to become the 16th member of Harvard's (12-8, 5-1 Ivy League) 1,000 point club. She finished the night with 1,009 career points, making her only the sixth to eclipse the plateau as an underclassman. The junior added seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

Berry netted a game-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting and moved into sixth place on Harvard's career scoring list with 1,326 points. She scored 18 points in the second half, including 11 in the first 6:16 of the frame. Emma Golen matched her career-high with 13 points and dished out a career-best four assists while grabbing eight boards.

Harvard outshot the Quakers (8-12, 1-5 Ivy League) 44.1 percent to 38.9 percent while committing a season-low 10 turnovers. Alyssa Baron, the Ivy League's second-leading scorer, scored 18 points in the first half but was held scoreless in the second.

Lippert got the milestone out of the way quickly, driving the right side of the lane on a clearout to give Harvard an 8-4 lead with 16:12 to play. Berry opened the game with a jumper before Lippert hit 1-of-2 at the line, and an and-one by Golen put the Crimson on top 6-2. Harvard's lead reached as many as nine points, 15-6, following a Golen three-pointer and Miriam Rutzen jumper.

Baron and Meghan McCullough hit back-to-back three's to cut Penn's deficit to 15-12, and Baron's second trey evened the score at 17. Berry responded with a strong drive through traffic, regaining the lead for Harvard and sparking a 9-0 run. Christine Clark found Golen for an uncontested layup in transition two possessions later, and after a Lippert jumper and Rutzen three-pointer the Crimson led 26-17.

Baron ended Penn's drought with yet another three-ball, and a layup by Kara Bonenberger pulled the Quakers within four, 28-24, with 3:48 to play. Baron knocked down her fourth triple of the period as time expired, sending the teams into the locker room with Harvard leading by just one, 30-29. Baron led all scorers at the break with 18 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from three. Berry and Golen, meanwhile, each notched eight for the Crimson with Golen also pulling down five rebounds.

The teams traded the lead 10 times through the first three-plus minutes of the second half, with Penn taking its first lead on a Jess Knapp layup. Berry put Harvard up 32-31 with a pair of free throws, and hit a three in transition moments later for a 35-34 edge. Berry struck again on the team's next possession, sinking a jumper to regain a 37-36 edge.

The Crimson scored six straight points on buckets by Rutzen, Clark and Lippert to take a five-point advantage, 46-41, and pushed its lead to seven after back-to-back baskets from Berry, 50-43. Missy Mullins' layup with 12:43 to play made it a 12-2 run for Harvard and a 52-43 game.

Berry followed a Golen jumper with a three-pointer to give the Crimson a 13-point lead, 60-47, with 6:07 remaining. Harvard maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game and earned its final 66-52 margin with a pair of free throws from Golen.

Harvard returns to action tomorrow when it hosts Princeton in Lavietes Pavilion at 6 p.m. with first place in the Ivy League on the line. The Tigers will carry a perfect 6-0 conference mark into the game with Harvard trailing by just one game at 5-1.

Game Notes: Victoria Lippert became the 16th student-athlete in Harvard history to score 1,000 career points, and just the sixth to do so as an underclassman … Brogan Berry scored a season-high 26 points to move into sixth place on Harvard's career scoring list with 1,326 points … Harvard became the second program in Ivy League history to record 300 wins in Ancient Eight play … Emma Golen matched her career-high with 13 points and dished out a career-best four assists … Harvard improved to 10-0 this season when holding opponents below 60 points.