Photo of Brogan Berry courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team downed NJIT, 76-64, Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Junior Brogan Berry led four Crimson players in double figures with 16 points. Harvard improves to 7-6 on the season and 4-1 at home.
Berry went 6-of-9 from the field, including a 4-of-6 effort from beyond the arc to lead the Crimson in scoring for the third straight game. Senior Emma Markley recorded 13 points, while senior co-captain Christine Matera and sophomore Victoria Lippert had 11 each. Freshman Christine Clark crashed the boards with a career-high eight rebounds.
Four different Crimson players found the bottom of the basket to give the Crimson a 13-0 lead to open the first half. NJIT scored for the first time six minutes into the game and Harvard held them to single digit scoring until late in the first half, when Jessica Gerald hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 25-10 with 8:22 left on the clock. The Crimson answered with three straight baskets from beyond the arc to take a 24 point lead, 34-10, two minutes later. The Highlanders chipped away at the lead in the final minutes of the opening stanza, cutting its deficit to 14 before the half. Harvard led 43-26 at the break.
A three-pointer from Clark and a fast break Berry lay-up four minutes into the second session, gave the Crimson a 25-point lead, 56-31. The Highlanders used an 11-3 run that went three minutes and 28 seconds to cut the lead to 14 with 5:03 left in the game. A Caitlin Rowland jumper and a point from Lindsay Louie at the line put the home team up 17 with 3:12 remaining. NJIT scored on the final buzzer to make it 76-64.
Harvard shot 48.4 percent from the field and 51.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Crimson made 14 three-pointers in the game, just two shy of the program record. Harvard handed out 22 assists on its 30 made baskets. The Crimson outrebounded the Highlanders, 45-23.
The Crimson opens Ivy League play Saturday at home against Dartmouth. Tip-off is slated for the 7 p.m.