Women's Basketball Wins Sixth Straight; Hands Brown 65-54 Loss

Women's Basketball  Wins Sixth Straight; Hands Brown 65-54 Loss

Photo of Emma Markley courtesy of Gil Talbot.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women’s basketball team extended its win streak to six games and improved to 17-7 overall and 8-2 in Ivy League play with a 62-54 win over Brown, Friday night at the Pizzatola Sports Center.

Junior Emma Markley led the Crimson with 15 points and four blocks despite only playing 21 minutes due to foul trouble. She had 11 points in the second frame and six rebounds on the night. Sophomore Brogan Berry had 12 points with 10 coming in the second half. Junior Jackie Alemany paced the Crimson in rebounds with seven.

Brown took advantage of a slow start by the Crimson scoring the first five points of the game. Harvard answered when Markley and Christina Matera contributed a jumper and a three-pointer, respectively, to even the score with 17:11 left in the first half. Brown’s Natalie Bonds put her team back on top with a lay-up and helped the Bears extend its lead to 11-5 over the next four minutes. After Jackie Alemany cut the lead to four, the Bears drained a shot from beyond the arc and added another jumper to pull ahead, 22-13 with 7:02. Claire Wheeler and Alemany scored back-to-back baskets to cut the lead to five with just under five minutes left in the half. Harvard outscored the Bears, 14-2, in the final 4:42 of the first session to erase a nine-point deficit. Twelve of those points came from Lippert (seven) and Rutzen (five).

At the half, Harvard had 12 turnovers to nine by the Bears. The Crimson held a 20-15 advantage in rebounds after 20 minutes. Harvard shot 44 percent in the first frame, while the home team managed just 34.5 percent.

Brown outscored the Crimson, 17-8, during the first eight minutes of the second session to take a 41-37 lead with 12 minutes to play. Harvard held the Bears scoreless from the field for nearly three minutes, allowing just a free throw and was able to cut into the lead, 42-40, on a Brogan Berry three-point play. The Crimson regained the lead when Berry hit two more free throws and extend its advantage on a Caitlin Rowland jumper with 8:15 left to play. A Matera three-pointer put the Crimson up, 50-44.

The Bears pulled to within 50-49 before Markley hit an off-balance jumper to make it 52-49. With 4:44 on the clock, Bonds was called for both a technical foul and a personal foul after a tie up with Markley. Berry made 1-of-2 shots on the technical and then Markley hit both free throws to push the lead to 55-49. Just over a minute later Berry sunk a trey to put the visiting team up 58-51. A three-point play from Markley and free throws from Alemany and Rutzen sealed the win for the Crimson.

Harvard shot 43.1 percent from the field, while the Bears shot just 32.1 percent. Brown won the battle of the glass, outrebounding the Crimson, 37-34.

The Crimson plays its final regular season road game of the season at Yale Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

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