Photo of Victoria Lippert courtesy of Gil Talbot.
DAYTON, Ohio – The Harvard women's basketball team fell to Dayton, 101-80, Thursday night at UD Arena to close out the 2010 calendar year. Victoria Lippert led three Crimson players in double figures.
Lippert went 9-of-17 from the field including a 3-for-7 effort from beyond the arc to post a season-high 22 points. Markley was 9-of-16 from the floor with 19 points, while Brogan Berry put up 15 points on a 5-for-8 effort. Five players, including Lippert and Markley pulled down four rebounds each to lead the Crimson on the boards. Berry and Lippert had four assists each.
Dayton started the game off with a three pointer and Markley quickly answered with a jumper from Clark to keep it close, but a 9-0 run by the home team set up a 13-2 lead four minutes into the game forcing head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith to call a timeout. A Clark lay-up and a three-point play from Markley closed the gap to 15-7 with 15:30 left in the first. The Flyers took advantage of Harvard turnovers to take a 23-10 lead with 13:12 on the clock. A three-point Jackie Alemany play, followed by a Lippert trey closed the gap to 24-16 two minutes later before an 11-4 run by Dayton set up a 37-20 lead with 8:17 remaining in the first. A Lippert lay-up and a Markley fastbreak score on a pass from Lippert closed the cap to 37-24 and forced Dayton to call a timeout. Three straight Markley scores cut the deficit to single digits, 39-30. The Flyers used a 13-6 run to close out the first half and head to the locker room with a 52-36 lead.
The Flyers stretched its lead out to 25 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Harvard got hot from beyond the arc as Lippert made two and Christine Matera added another to make it 66-45 six minutes into the second stanza. Dayton continued to shoot well from the floor and extended its lead to as many as 32 in the second frame. The Crimson shot 48 percent in the second 20 minutes of the game including 50 percent from three-point land.
Harvard shot 44.3 percent for the game, while the Flyers hit a 52.1 clip. The Crimson has outrebounded, 42-38, in the game.
The Crimson returns home to face Massachusetts Sunday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m.