Photo of Brogan Berry courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team held off a second half comeback by the Minutewomen in an 83-70 win over Massachusetts Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Junior Brogan Berry led four Crimson players in double figures as the Crimson improves to 6-5 on the season.
Berry went 5-for-9 from the field to score 18 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists to lead the Crimson. Victoria Lippert put up 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Christine Clark had 16 points and six rebounds and Emma Markley recorded 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Harvard and Massachusetts went back and forth in the opening minutes of the game. The Minutewomen scored its first nine points from beyond the arc, but a solid shooting performance for the Crimson allowed the home team to keep pace. Back-to-back UMass turnovers allowed the Crimson to take a 17-13 lead midway through the half. After the visitors put up another three ball to close the gap at 17-16, the Crimson went on a 22-6 run over the next nine minutes to take a 39-22 lead into the locker room. Harvard held UMass without a field goal for the final seven minutes of the first half, allowing only six points from the free throw line.
Lippert had 10 points at the half, while six other Crimson players had three or more points after 20 minutes of play. The Crimson shot 53.3 percent in the first half. The Minutewomen shot just 20 percent, but outrebounded the Crimson, 22-21.
Harvard used a 7-2 run in the first minute of the second stanza to take its largest lead of the game, 46-24 (22, before UMass used five straight points from Cerie Mosgrove to cut into the lead, making it 47-34 four minutes in the second. Two lay-ups from Lippert and two more from Markley and Clark put the home team back up by 20 midway through the half. Megan Zullo and Dee Montgomery kept the Minutewomen in the game, cutting the deficit to single digits with just over two minutes to play. A clutch jumper from Berry and a Clark lay-up in final 1:30 of the game, sealed the win for Harvard.
The Crimson shot 46.8 percent from the field for the game, 76.0 percent from the free throw line and shot a 30 clip from three-point land. The Minutewomen won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Crimson, 43-40.
Harvard plays its second straight Bay state opponent when it travels to No. 25 Boston College Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.