Harvard Trips Up Oral Roberts at Navy Classic

Photo of Emma Markley courtesy of Gil Talbot.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. –  Four Crimson scored in double figures to lead the women's basketball team past unbeaten Oral Roberts, 84-76, Friday afternoon at Alumni Hall on Navy's campus. Senior Emma Markley led all players with 25 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

Harvard (2-0) held the Golden Eagles (2-1) to its lowest scoring total of the season. Oral Roberts, who scored just 28 points in the first half, averaged 115 points per game entering Friday's contest.  ORU entered the week ranked 13th in the Mid Major Top 25 Women's Teams.

Junior Brogan Berry scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out six assists and collected two steals in 35 minutes of action. Freshman Christine Clark was an impressive 5-for-7 from the field with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal. Sophomore Victoria Lippert contributed 15 points. Markley added four assists and a pair of blocks in the win.

After Markley scored on Harvard's first possession of the game, Oral Roberts rattled off eight straight points to take an 8-2 lead three minutes into the first half.  A three-point play from Markley and a Lippert layup pulled the Crimson to within one with 14:09 left in the first frame. The Golden Eagles scored on their next possession to take a 10-7 lead, which would be their last of the game.

Harvard used a 17-6 run over the next seven minutes to take a 24-16 lead with 6:50 on the clock.  ORU came back within five points before Harvard took a double-digit lead. The Crimson led 40-28 at the half.

The Crimson took advantage of Golden Eagle mistakes including a steal by Brogan Berry that resulted in a fast-break lay-up to start the second half. Harvard continued to cruise from there, going up 20 three minutes into the second stanza.

The Golden Eagles slowly chopped away at the Crimson advantage, making it an eight-point game with 1:36 left on the clock. Harvard would regain its double-figure lead when Berry made two free throws with 58 seconds on the clock. ORU used two shots from the free throw line and a Luper layup to make it 84-76 with two ticks on the clock.

Harvard shot 47.7 percent from the field, including 35 percent from beyond the arc. The Crimson won the battle on the class, outrebounding the Golden Eagles, 42-30. Harvard had 13 offensive boards in the game. The Crimson scored 22 points off turnovers and put up 44 points in the paint.

The Crimson returns to action Saturday at 8:30 p.m. against host Navy.