Photo of Victoria Lippert courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Victoria Lippert led four Crimson players in double figures as the Harvard women's basketball team defeated Brown, 72-59. The Crimson improves to 16-8 overall and 8-2 in Ivy League play.
Lippert went 7-for13 from the field for 22 points on the night. Christine Clark was 6of-r8 from the free throw line for 12 points, while Brogan Berry added 11 points and Christine Matera contributed 10. Emma Markley led the Crimson with eight rebounds.
Brown struck first and held onto its lead for the first six minutes of the game. Berry, Lippert and Matera scored the first six points for the Crimson. Jasmine Evans fed Clark a pass down the lane to give the Crimson its first lead of the night at 8-7 with 13:55 to play in the first. After another Clark basket, this one with time expiring on the shot clock, the Bears scored four straight to on top. A Lippert three sparked a 19-2 run by the Crimson that included 11 points from Lippert and gave Harvard a 29-16 lead with 6:44 left in the first stanza. The Bears used a 20-6 run to cut the deficit to 33-28 with 3:43 to go.
Lippert had 13 points in the first half to lead all players after 20 minutes. The Crimson shot 38.2 percent in the first half, while the Bears made 50 percent of its shots.
The threesome of Berry, Clark and Lippert combined for 13 points to give the Crimson a 50-40 lead with 13:34 to play. Over the next four minutes the Bears cut into the Harvard cushion to four. It didn't take long for the Crimson to regain its double-digit lead as Emma Golen, Emma Markley and Clark combined to give the Crimson a 57-47 lead with 7:46 on the clock. Brown chipped away to make its six point game, 57-51, with 6:53 to play, but that is as close as the Bears would get as Harvard pulled away by as many as 13 over the next four minutes en route to the 72-59 victory.
Harvard shot 37.1 percent from the field, while the Bears hit a 45.7 clip The Crimson scored 34 points off 23 Brown turnovers. The Bears won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Crimson 35-34.
The Crimson hosts Yale Saturday evening in its final home game of the season. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. Harvard will recognize seniors Jackie Alemany, Emma Markley, Christine Matera and Claire Wheeler prior to the start of the game.