Lippert, Fagbenle and Clark Lead Women's Basketball to 77-71 Win Over Brown
Lippert's season-high helped the Crimson complete the season sweep of Brown (Gil Talbot).
The victory keeps Harvard (14-8, 5-3) unbeaten at home with a 7-0 mark and is the team's 10th straight win at Lavietes Pavilion dating back to last year. The Crimson shot a combined 48.3 percent (29-60) from the floor, 70.6 percent (12-17) at the line and outrebounded Brown (7-16, 1-8) 41-27 to take the victory.
Lippert's 24 points came on 10-of-20 shooting and included three three-pointers. This marked her fourth 20-plus point performance of the year and surpassed her previous best of 21 scored against both New Hampshire and Hofstra. The senior also grabbed five rebounds, blocked two shots and was credited with three steals.
Fagbenle was nearly perfect on the night, connecting on 8-of-9 field goals and 1-of-2 free throws for 17 points. She led the team in rebounding for the 11th time in 13 games with 12 boards, marking her fifth double-double of the year. Clark, meanwhile, was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe en route to a 16-point night while Elle Hagedorn added a career-high six assists and seven rebounds in her 100th career appearance.
The Bears had four players in double-digits led by Sophie Bikofsky's 19 pionts. Sheila Dixon tallied 13 points as Brown shot 44.8 percent (26-58) for the game.
Harvard overcame an early 8-4 deficit to take a 12-8 lead following eight straight points from Clark and Fagbenle. The Crimson moved the score to 17-11 on a Fagbenle jumper and Clark three-pointer, but a pair of Bikofsky triples pulled the Bears back even, 17-17. Lippert and Caroline King traded baskets on three consecutive possessions to keep the score tied before Erin McDonnell put the Crimson up by three from beyond the arc, 26-23.
A 7-0 run gave the lead back to Brown, 30-26, but Lippert continued her stellar play with four more points to keep Harvard within one, 31-30. The Bears were able to maintain a slight edge despite baskets by Fagbenle and Jasmine Evans until Ali Curtis' putback made it a 37-37 game at the break.
Lippert led all scorers with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the first half. Fagbenle chipped in eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and six rebounds while Clark notched seven points. The Crimson shot 46.9 percent in the frame against a 50.0 percent performance from Brown, but outrebounded the Bears 26-9 and scored 12 second-chance points to keep even.
Lippert continued to roll after the intermission and opened the half by turning over Natalie Ball and going coast-to-coast for a 39-37 Harvard lead. The basket ignited an 11-2 run as the Crimson opened a 48-39 margin out of the break, with Lippert, Fagbenle and Clark accounting for all 11 points. Lippert's third three-pointer of the night moved the lead to double-digits for the first time, 55-43, before a 6-0 spurt eventually allowed Brown to cut its deficit to 60-55 with 8:00 to play.
Lippert ended the Crimson's drought with a mid-range jumper but the Bears kept coming and made it a two-point game, 65-63, thanks to layups from Dixon and Lauren Clarke. Fagbenle went to work down low and scored on consecutive possessions to help Harvard maintain its margin, and a pair of Clark free throws made it a 71-65 game with just 43.7 seconds remaining.
Dixon made things interesting down the stretch as she corralled an offensive rebound and rainbowed a three-pointer over an oncoming Fagbenle to bring Brown within two, 71-69. Dixon later edged the Bears to within three at the charity stripe, 74-71, but Clark hit 3-of-4 at the line in the final 12 seconds to seal the 77-71 win.
Game Notes: Victoria Lippert scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting … Temi Fagbenle registered her fifth double-double of the year with 17 points and 12 rebounds … Elle Hagedorn made her 100th career appearance for the Crimson and dished out a career-high six assists … Harvard earned its first season sweep of Brown since 2010 … The Crimson is a perfect 7-0 at Lavietes Pavilion in 2012-13 and has won 10 straight at home dating back to last year.