Berry became the first student-athlete in Ivy League history to amass 1,300 career points and 500 career assists. (Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Brogan Berry became the first Ivy Leaguer to record 1,300 points and 500 assists while leading the Harvard women's basketball team to a 71-51 win over Yale Saturday evening in Providence, R.I.
Berry finished the night with eight points and seven assists, giving her 1,361 career points and 503 career assists. She currently ranks sixth in program history in scoring while her assist total is third in program annals, sixth in the Ivy League.
Christine Clark scored a game-high 23 points, marking the fourth time in the last six games she has scored 20-plus. The sophomore did so on 10-of-12 shooting and added seven rebounds. Emma Golen notched a career-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Victoria Lippert and Elle Hagedorn added 14 points and 11 points, respectively.
Harvard (13-10, 6-3 Ivy League)shot 51.0 percent for the game, marking just the second time this season the Crimson have shot over 50 percent from the field. Harvard's defense limited Yale (15-9, 7-3 Ivy League) to 28.8 percent shooting, meanwhile, and outrebounded the Bulldogs 44-32. Hagedorn led the Crimson on the glass with a career-high nine boards while Lippert added eight.
Janna Graf led Yale with 15 points as Hayden Latham and Megan Vasquez notched 10 apiece.
Harvard's defense was on point early as Yale shot just 2-of-14 to open the game. Harvard, meanwhile, was in rhythm at its offensive end and shot 7-of-14 for a 16-4 lead. Berry and Lippert gave the Crimson an early 4-0 advantage, and after five straight points from Golen, Harvard was in front 11-2. An and-one by Clark and layup by Berry gave Harvard the 12-point margin with 10:31 remaining.
Clark scored four straight points to put the Crimson on top by 15, 22-7, before a 15-5 run cut the Bulldogs' deficit to single-digits, 27-22, at the break. Yale scored 10 unanswered points to make it a 25-22 game with 1:01 to play, but Berry found Golen in transition for a long jumper just before the buzzer for the five-point edge. Clark scored 10 points in the half to lead all scorers while Golen added nine on 4-of-4 shooting. The Crimson held a 16-8 advantage in points in the paint and outrebounded the Bulldogs 27-17 while holding them to 8-of-33 shooting.
The teams traded baskets out of the break until a three-point play by Hagedorn opened a nine-point margin, 38-29. Hagedorn later made it a double-digit lead with a three from the corner, 43-33, as Berry picked up the 500th assist of her career on the play. A pair of Graf free throws pulled Yale to within seven, before a pair of Lippert layups extended the lead back out to 49-38. Moments later Lippert made six straight free throws for a 56-40 lead with 7:24 to play.
Graf scored four points during a 9-3 Bulldog run and capped it off with a putback to make the score 59-49 with 4:16 on the clock. Hagedorn ended the stretch with a pair of free throws, sparking a 12-2 stretch by the Crimson to close out the game. Back-to-back baskets by Golen made it a 69-51 game, and Clark closed out the scoring for the final 20-point margin, 71-51.
Harvard will be back on the road next weekend with trips to Princeton and Penn. The Crimson will first face the Tigers Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. before taking on the Quakers Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Brogan Berry became the first Ivy Leaguer ever to record 1,300 points and 500 assists, and finished the night with 1,361 points and 503 helpers … Harvard's 20-point margin of victory is its largest at Yale since a 79-59 win Feb. 1, 1997 … Christine Clark has scored 20-plus points in four of the last six games, including two straight … Emma Golen scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting … Elle Hagedorn has pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in each of the Crimson's last two games … Harvard shot over 50 percent from the field for just the second time this season.