Christine Clark Joins 1,000-Point Club; Harvard Dismantles UMass, 85-59
Clark led Harvard to an 85-59 victory over in-state rival Massachusetts Wednesday night (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Christine Clark became Harvard's 18th member of the 1,000-point club with 19 points Wednesday night to help the Harvard women's basketball team cruise to an 85-59 win over Massachusetts at Lavietes Pavilion.
The junior went 7-of-15 from the floor as the Crimson improved on its Ivy League leading field goal percentage with a 33-of-64 (51.6%) performance. Harvard also went 6-of-17 from behind the three-point stripe, including makes from five different players, and 13-of-16 from the free-throw line.
Clark was one of four Harvard (8-5) players in double figures along with Victoria Lippert (17 points), Elise Gordon (14) and reigning Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week Temi Fagbenle (12).
Harvard played its highest scoring half of the season in the first twenty minutes to gain a 19-point advantage before the break. The Crimson and Massachusetts (2-12) traded baskets for the first five minutes before Harvard broke out.
A 12-4 run built a 25-14 lead as Lippert led the way with 12 points in the initial 10 minutes of action, and Harvard never looked back. The hot start moved Lippert, who now has 1,274 career points, into the top ten on the Crimson's all-time scoring chart.
Clark and Elise Gordon propelled Harvard in the later portion of the first half. The inside-outside combo each scored 10 points after Lippert's explosive start to continue to bolster Harvard's lead. Gordon's 10 represented a new season high for the junior, as she would go on to pour in a career-best 14 points.
Lippert continued to contribute to the offense during Clark and Gordon's run as she totaled five assists in the first half. The Crimson shot 20-of-34 during the dominant half, while holding Massachusetts to 12-of-29 shooting.
Harvard and Clark continued to lay it on UMass at the start of the second half. The Tucson, Ariz., native hit a pair of free throws to begin the half's scoring and surpass the 1,000-point mark, before proceeding to score eight of Harvard's next 10 points. Clark's quick start to the second half was a part of an 18-6 run over the stanza's first 8:06.
After a Jasmine Evans three pointer, the Crimson held a 31-point advantage, its largest lead of the night, with 11:54 remaining.
AnnMarie Healy chipped in eight points on 4-of-6 shooting over the last 11 minutes to help the Crimson ease to the 85-49 final.
Fagbenle grabbed six rebounds to lead a group of nine Crimson players with multiple boards, as Harvard controlled the glass, 39-28, en route to a 17-6 advantage in second-chance points. The Crimson also forced 23 UMass turnovers that it converted into 26 points.
The Crimson is back in action Sunday afternoon when it travels to Rhode Island. The non-conference tilt is slated for a 2 p.m. start.
Game Notes: Christine Clark joined Harvard's 1,000-point club in just her 71st career game and is the fastest Crimson to reach 1,000 points since Reka Cserny '05 did so in her 60th career appearance ... Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 10th in program history with 1,274 points ... Each of Harvard's 18 1,000 point scorers has been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith ... Victoria Lippert made her 100th career appearance Wednesday night against UMass ... Entering the night, Harvard led the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (44.6) and three-point percentage (41.8), and was 25th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and third in three-point percentage.