Lippert Scores 21 to Push Women's Basketball Past UNH, 63-44
Lippert registered her 12th career 20-point performance as Harvard rolled UNH (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Victoria Lippert scored 17 second-half points to help grow a six-point halftime lead to a 21-point advantage as the Harvard women's basketball team cruised to a 63-44 win over New Hampshire Wednesday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Lippert finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, including 6-of-8 performance after the break. It was Lippert's 12th career 20-point performance as she also added eight rebounds and two assists while playing only 23 minutes.
Christine Clark chipped in 13 points and recorded game-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4). Temi Fagbenle notched nine points and Ali Curtis turned in eight. Harvard (5-2) shot just 38.6 percent for the game but went 7-of-18 from deep and 12-of-13 at the line.
The Crimson dominated the glass and outrebounded New Hampshire (3-2) 43-27 for the game, including 18 offensive boards which led to 18 second-chance points. The victory improves Harvard to 5-2 to begin the year for the ninth time in program history and the first time since 2004-05.
Morgan Frame scored the game's first four points for UNH but Harvard rallied quickly to take a 7-4 lead. A pair of free throws from Lippert and a Fagbenle and-one put the Crimson in front initially, 5-4, before a Clark putback ended the run. UNH regained the lead off another Frame bucket, 12-11, but a layup by Erin McDonnell made it a 13-12 game and Harvard never looked back.
Miriam Rutzen's three-pointer made it a five-point game and the Crimson led 21-14 following a Fagbenle layup. Harvard led by as many as nine points off a Clark basket before the intermission, 23-14, and went into the locker room at half on top 25-19. Fagbenle led all scorers at the break with nine points as Clark added seven.
The second half belonged to Lippert as she scored 13 points in the first 7:03 to extend Harvard's lead to 14 points, 46-32. Cutis and Lippert hit back-to-back three's to open the frame before Lippert found Curtis cutting to the basket to make the score 33-21. After jumpers by Lippert and Clark, two three-pointers from Lippert gave Harvard a 16-point advantage, 44-28. The senior added one more basket for good measure to make it a 46-30 game with 12:56 remaining.
Lippert followed a Curtis runner in the paint with four more points and a pair of Clark free throws gave the Crimson a 54-37 edge. Two more free throws from Clark pushed the score to 56-37 and a three-pointer from Emma Golen gave Harvard its first 20-point lead of the night, 59-37, with 4:59 on the clock. Elise Gordon and Kit Metoyer each got in on the scoring action before the final buzzer signaled the victory for Harvard, 63-44.
The Crimson will return to action Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. against Hofstra in a re-match of last year's WNIT first round in Hempstead, N.Y.
Game Notes: Harvard improved to 5-2 for the ninth time in program history and the first time since 2004-05 … Victoria Lippert moved into 12th place in Harvard history with 1,190 points … Harvard is 10-4 at home in Lavietes Pavilion dating back to last season and 15-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points … Harvard has set a program record with five wins in the month of November.