Women's Basketball Holds off Columbia 69-68 to Keep Streak Alive

Women's Basketball Holds off Columbia 69-68 to Keep Streak Alive

Photo of Jackie Alemany courtesy of Gil Tablot.

NEW YORK, N.Y. –  Freshman Christine Clark hit a jumper with 3.5 seconds on the clock to give the Harvard women's basketball team a 69-68 win over Columbia Friday night at Levien Gymnasium. The Crimson improves to 10-6 overall, 2-0 in Ivy League play and 25-0 against the Lions at Levien Gym.

Sophomore Victoria Lippert led four Crimson players in double figures with 20 points including four in the final minute of the game. Brogan Berry added 15 points, while Emma Markley added 15 and Clark put up 10. Markley moved into 10th on the all-time rebounds list at Harvard after leading the team with five on the night

Harvard and Columbia battled it out in the first half with the Crimson holding a 31-30 edge at the half. The Crimson took an early 5-2 lead on a Matera three-pointer before the Lions went on a 5-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 7-5, with 16:32 left in the first half. Jackie Alemany was a spark off the bench for the Crimson scoring seven points and grabbing two rebounds in five minutes to help Harvard to its largest lead of the first half, 16-11, with 10:44 on the clock. Four minutes late a lay-up from Markley put the visiting team up four, but a Kathleen Barry three and a lay-up from Dywer gave the Lions a 23-22 advantage. The team's trade leads three more times before the end of the half with an Emma Golen lay-up putting the Crimson on top before the end of the half.

Markley had eight points, five assists, three rebounds a block and a steal in the first 20 minutes of action. Columbia outrebounded the Crimson, 23-16 in the first half, including 10 offensive boards to keep the score close. Harvard made 46.7 percent of its shots in the opening frame.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first five minutes of the second stanza as neither team was able to pull away from the other. Harvard held a 45-41 leads with 12:18 left in the game, but a Taylor Ward three-point play and another lay-up by the Lions put Columbia up 46-45 a minute later. After trading leads, the Lions drained a three to go up 53-50 – its largest lead on the night. Lippert converted on a three-point play on the other end on Harvard's next possession to tie the game with 7:40 left on the clock. The teams went back and forth with the lead until the very end. Lippert hit a pair of free throws and then a jumper to give the Crimson a one-point advantage.

Harvard shot 45.8 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. Columbia hit 40.3 percent of its shots and outrebounded the Crimson, 43-33.

The Crimson continues its road trip at Cornell Saturday. The Big Red defeated Dartmouth Friday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.