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Harvard Downs Princeton to Take Lead in Ivy League Standings

Harvard Downs Princeton to Take Lead in Ivy League Standings

Photo of Christine Clark courtesy of Gil Talbot.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team took the driver's seat in the Ivy League race with a 73-67 win over Princeton Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson had three players in double figures and shot 50 percent from the field to improve to 12-6 overall and 4-0 in the Ancient Eight.

Christine Clark equaled her career-high in points for the fourth time in points, scoring 18 against the Tigers. She was 5-for-11 from the field and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. She also pulled down five rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Brogan Berry added 17 points on a 7-for-10 shooting performance and eight assists. Victoria Lippert scored 14 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Harvard put six points on the board with two and one plays to start the game and ran out to an 11-4 lead five minutes into the game. The Crimson held the Tigers scoreless for four minutes and 54 seconds. A Berry jumper after the first media timeout gave the Crimson a 13-4 lead before Addie Micir cut the lead to six. Miriam Rutzen put the home team back nine but an 11-2 run from the visiting team evened the score at 20 with 7:10 left to play in the first half.

The Crimson held the Tigers without as field goal for four minutes en route to a 30-22 lead with 3:24 to play. Princeton snapped its scoring draught with a long three to make it 30-25 before the final media timeout at 2:36. Harvard added five more points before the end of the half, including a shot from beyond the men's three-point line from Christine Matera to take a 35-25 lead into the locker room.

Harvard shot 56 percent in the first half and hit 4-of-8 three-pointers while Princeton made 6-of-15 shots from beyond the arc.

The Tigers cut into the Crimson lead in the second half, getting as close as 48-45 with 9:57 to play. Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert put the Crimson back up by seven, a little over a minute later. Krystal Hill used a three and stole the ball at midcourt, drove in for a layup to make it a two point game. Princeton scored on its next possession to take its first lead of the game, 60-59, and increased that to 62-59 before two Clark jumpers and a Lippert three-pointer gave the Crimson a 66-62 lead.

Addie Micir converted on 1-of-2 free throws to pull within 66-63 with 35 ticks on the clock. Lippert was fouled on the inbound pass and made both shots at the free throw line. Micir hit a jumper with 11 seconds on the block. Clark went 4-for-4 from the line to close out the game.

The Crimson connected on 24-of-48 shots from the floor and hit a 46.7 clip from the three-point line. Harvard went to the free throw line 21 times and made 18 shots for an 85.6 percent effort. Princeton won the edge on the glass, outrebounding Harvard, 32-30.

Harvard hosts Penn tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Quakers fell to Dartmouth, 68-66, Friday night.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS