Photo of Elle Hagedorn courtesy of Gil Tablot.
CAMRIDGE, MASS. – The Harvard women's basketball team held off Cornell in 73-68 win Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Victoria Lippert led four Crimson players in double figures with 15 points.
Lippert went 6-for-7 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. She has six rebounds, a block and a steal as well. Emma Markley had her second straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She also added a block and a steal in the win. Brogan Berry added 12 points and is just five shy of 1,000 career points. Berry also contributed a season-high eight assists. Christine Clark reached double figures with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. Elle Hagedorn was a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown for nine points.
Both team shots from beyond the arc to begin the game. Harvard's first two shots were from downtown then Markley hit a jumper to tie it at 8. Clark gave the Crimson a 10-8 after five minutes of play. Berry extended it to three, with Harvard's third long ball of the night. After Cornell hit it to 15-13, the Crimson went on an 8-2 run to take a 23-15 lead with 6:22 to play in the first half. Back-to-back treys from the Big Red and a free throw tied the game at 28. A Markley jumper and a three-point play from Elisa Gordon gave the Crimson a 35-28 lead at the half.
Markley had 10 points at the half. The Crimson shot 45 percent in the first 20 minutes, while Cornell was hitting 62 percent of its shots from beyond the arc.
Harvard extended its lead to nine several times in the opening minutes of the second stanza. Cornell slowly chipped away, closing the gap to 58-54 with 5:25 left to play. Six straight Lippert scores gave the Crimson its largest lead of the night 64-54 two minutes later. A couple of Harvard fouls allowed the Big Red to add points from the free throw line. That combined with points from Clare Fitzpatrick and an Allyson DiMagno three pointer made it a three-point game with 10 seconds on the clock. A pair of Clark's free throws and a steal by Berry with less than eight seconds to go sealed the win.
The Crimson shot 46.6 percent from the field for the game. The Big Red managed a 43.9 percent clip. Harvard outrebounded its opponent, 36-31.