Photo of Christine Clark courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team improved to 1-0 in Ivy League play and 5-1 at home with an 82-49 win over Dartmouth Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Christine Clark led the Crimson (8-6,1-0 Ivy) with her first collegiate double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Clark was 7-of-10 from the field, equaling a career-high in points and pulling down a collegiate-best 10 boards. Brogan Berry contributed 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Emma Markley had 16 points, four steals and four blocks in the winning effort.
Harvard and Dartmouth went back and forth for the first 10 minutes of the game, with neither team leading by more than four. The Crimson used a 10-0 run over six minutes and 39 seconds to break open a 12-12 tie and take a 22-12 lead with 7:41 remaining in the first. Miriam Rutzen converted on a three points place and Berry contributed five points and an assist during the stretch. Dartmouth cut into the home team's lead with back-to-back Cassie Cooper baskets to make it 25-20 with 4:07 remaining on the clock. Harvard used a 9-2 stretch to close out the first half and take a 34-22 lead at the break.
The Crimson, who had 11 assists in the first half, had an assist for its first seven shots of the game. Berry had 10 points and five assists after 20 minutes of play.
Harvard held the Big Green scoreless for the first four minutes of the second session, doubling up the score, 48-24 with 15:49 remaining in the game. Markley swatted away two shots in the same possession for the Big Green. The Crimson used another scoring streak, a 12-2 run to take its largest lead of the game, 35 (72-37) with 8:29 to play. Harvard equaled its largest lead one more time in the game before Dartmouth closed the deficit to 29, 74-47. Scores from Marisa Brock and Emma Golen in the final minute of the game put the Crimson's margin of victory at 33.
The Crimson shot 49.3 percent from the field and had a 42.1 clip from beyond the arc. Harvard scored 20 points off turnovers, 20 second chance points and 19 fast break points. Harvard edged the Big Green on the boards, 44-41.
Harvard plays its final non-conference opponent next Saturday at Seattle. Tip-off against the Redhawks is slated for 7 p.m. (EST).