Photo of Brogan Berry courtesy of Gil Talbot.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Freshman Victoria
Lippert scored career-high 28 as the Harvard women’s
basketball team survived a scare at Levein Gymnasium in a 69-67
victory over Columbia. Junior Emma Markley posted her sixth
double-double of the season for the Crimson, who improves to 16-7
overall and 7-2 in conference action.
Lippert was 11-for-13 from the field with three steals. Markley chimed in with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. Sophomore Brogan Berry had eight points, including the game-winning free throws and handed out six assists.
It was a back-and-forth battle to start the game as the Lions applied full court pressure early on. The Crimson used an 8-0 run to turn a 12-11 deficit into a 19-12 lead with 8:17 remaining in the first play. Berry had four points and made a clean pass to Elle Hagedorn during the run. A shot well beyond the three-point line from Danielle Browne closed the gap at 19-15 just 30 seconds later. Harvard stretched the lead out to five several times over the next five minutes but a 6-0 run gave the home team a 25-24 lead with 3:18 remaining in the first. After exchanging baskets, the Lions went back on top and held a three-point advantage, its largest at that point with 1:57 remaining on the clock. On the next play, Matera drained a three to tie it. Columbia answered with a trey of its own. Berry hit a long-range jumper just before the buzzer sounded to pull the Crimson to within one, 34-31.
Lippert and Markley combined for 18 of Harvard’s first 24
points as Lippert led all players with 13 points. The Crimson
defense held the nation’s leader rebounder, Judie Lomax to
just one first half rebound. Harvard shot 59.1 percent in the first
half, but committed 14 turnovers.
Jackie Alemany’s jumper and a three from Lippert put the Crimson back on top, but the lead was short lived as the Lions put together a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the game, 42-38, with 17:01 left to play. Harvard cut into the deficit and the teams traded leads over the next 10 minutes. A 9-0 run from the visiting team gave the Crimson a 62-55 lead with 5:36 left to play. The Lions struck back with 10 straight points to take a 65-62 lead with 3:09 on the clock. With 1:51 on the clock, Berry nailed a three-pointer to tie the score at 67. Berry hit a pair of free throws to put Harvard up 69-67 with 47 ticks on the clock.
The Crimson shot 52.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. Columbia won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Crimson, 36-31.
Harvard continues its road stretch at Brown and Yale next weekend.