Christine Clark moves to No. 8 all-time at Harvard with 1,317 points.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior captain Christine Clark led all scorers with 21 points as Harvard women's basketball held on to defeat Boston University, 76-67, Wednesday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
The Crimson (2-1) extends its home winning streak to 15 games, as four players registered double-digit scoring efforts. Sophomore guard Shilpa Tummala posted a career high with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Junior Temi Fagbenle and senior Jasmine Evans added 10 points apiece.
BU (0-2) was paced by Whitney Turner with 14 points. Katie Poppe added eight points and 11 rebounds.
The Crimson started hot, hitting five of its first seven shots and running out to a 10-0 advantage over the first 3:44. Four players scored over the run, led by Clark with four points.
With a 12-point advantage at the 8:58 mark, Harvard used a 9-1 spurt to push its advantage to 20 points, 32-12. Tummala and AnnMarie Healy combined for six points over the run. Clark paced all scorers at the half with 11 points, as the Crimson took a 38-21 lead into the locker room.
The Terriers put together a 7-0 jolt to close within 10 at the 15:31 mark. The two squads traded baskets before Harvard pushed out to its largest lead of the game, 61-39, with 9:42 to play. The run was capped by Tummala's corner three pointer on the break.
BU would not concede, whittling down the lead to as little as six with under a minute to play. Clutch foul shooting down the stretch from Clark and Mullins sealed the victory for Harvard.
Harvard continues its three-game homestand against North Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
Game Notes: Christine Clark moves to No. 8 all-time on the Harvard scoring list with 1,317 points. The senior scored in double-figures for the 75th time in her career and second time this season with 21 points. She has scored 20-plus in 15 contests. Harvard has shot .444 or better from the field in each of its three games this season. Harvard has also scored 75-plus points in each game this season, averaging 78.0. Shilpa Tummala posted a career high with 14 points. For the 22nd time in her career, Temi Fagbenle posted double-figures with 10 points. Melissa Mullins paced the squad in rebounding for the third-straight game (8). The Crimson moves to 2-0 when three-or-more players post double-digits. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Curtis, Clark, Mullins, Fagbenle and McDonnell for the third-straight game.