Seniors Push Women’s Basketball Past Brown, 87-67
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind 55 combined points from seniors Christine Clark, Jasmine Evans, Elise Gordon and Melissa Mullins, Harvard women's basketball downed Brown, 87-67, Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.
The Crimson (21-7, 11-3) matched its total and Ivy League wins from a season ago. Clark paced all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four assists and four rebounds. Gordon dropped career highs in points (15) and rebounds (eight). Evans chipped in 12 points and three steals, while Mullins added eight points, four assists and three steals.
Harvard shot 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the field, including a scorching 66.7 percent over the first 20 minutes. The Crimson also dished out 18 assists and grabbed seven steals.
Sophie Bikofsky led four Bears in double-figures with 18 points. The Crimson held Brown (10-18, 4-10) to just 24 points in the first half.
Knotted at 6-6 four minutes into play, Harvard jumped on Brown with a 16-1 run to take a 22-7 lead five minutes later. Clark and Fagbenle led the push with eight of the Crimson's points over the span.
Leading by 14 points, Harvard would not relent, ripping off 16 of the next 19 points to take its largest lead of the game, 43-16, with three minutes to play before the half. Sophomore Kit Metoyer started the run with two long threes before Gordon ended it with a dish from Evans for a lay-up.
Harvard brought a 43-24 lead into the break after shooting 18-of-27 (66.7 percent) from the field and assisting on 12 of the 18 buckets made.
The Crimson picked up where it left off in the second half, scoring the first 10 points before Brown could connect to hold a 53-24 advantage. The Bears crept back with six of the next eight points, before Harvard matched the spurt, leading 61-32 with 13:22 to play.
Leading 84-60 with 3:32 to play, the Crimson seniors received a standing ovation in their final exit. Harvard held on to take home an 87-67 victory in its final regular season game.
Game Notes: With the win, the Crimson totaled 21 wins in each of the last two seasons. Harvard also won 11 Ivy League games a year ago. Elise Gordon recorded career highs in points (15) and rebounds (eight). She scored in double-figures for the sixth time this season. With 20 points, Christine Clark sits at fourth all-time at Harvard with 1,684 points. Clark scored in double-figures for the 96th time in her career and 22nd time this season. The senior posted her 21st game with 20-plus points. Jasmine Evans posted double-figures (12 points) for the 13th time this season. The 24 points in the first half marked the sixth time this season that Harvard has held an opponent to 24 points or less over the first 20 minutes.