Photo of Emma Markley courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard
women’s basketball team dropped its first game of the season
at Lavietes Pavilion to league leader Princeton, 78-66, Saturday
afternoon. Junior Emma Markley led three Crimson (19-8, 10-3 Ivy
League) players in double figures with her seventh double-double of
Markley led the Crimson with 21 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 10-of-18 shots from the field. The Yorktown Heights, N.Y., native also had four blocks. Freshman Victoria Lippert added 15 points, while sophomore Brogan Berry had 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals on her 20th birthday. Berry catapulted to second on the single season assists list after posting seven against the Tigers. She has 156 handouts this season and 256 for her career, which is just seven away from ninth on the all-time career assists list.
Junior Jackie Alemany also had seven boards.
After Princeton jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game, Markley got the Crimson on the board with a jumper at the 15:56 mark. The Tigers continued adding points on the board as the visitors pulled out to a 14-9 lead. Markley scored the first six points of the game for the Crimson.
After trailing for the opening 10 minutes of the first half, Markley tied the score and Berry gave the Crimson the lead on consecutive jumpers. Harvard held a five-point advantage with four minutes remaining in the half but the Tigers went on a 9-1 run to end the frame. Princeton held a 36-33 lead at break. Markley had 10 first half points to pace the Crimson.
The two teams battled in the beginning of the second half as Harvard tried to regain the lead. The Crimson closed the gap to single-digits several times over the first part of the second half and a jumper from Lippert with 11:19 remaining in the game tied the score at 54-5-4. But an 8-0 spurt from the Tigers put the visiting team up 62-54 with 5:49 left to play.
Alemany hit 1-of-2 attempts at the free throw line and Markley
capitalized on a tradition three-point play to make it a four-point
game with 5:02 on the clock. Niveen Rasheed hit back-to-back
lay-ups to put her team back on top 66-58 two minutes later. The
Tigers continued to increase its lead late in the second session
using a 9-2 run over a two-minute span to make it 73-60. Harvard
came as close as 11 in the final minutes of play.
Harvard shot 39.0 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Tigers shot 45.5 percent from the field. Princeton held a 43-37 in rebounds.
The Crimson closes out its Ivy League season Tuesday against Dartmouth at Lavietes Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.