Women's Basketball Cruises to First Win of Season, 69-57, over Rhode Island

Women's Basketball Cruises to First Win of Season, 69-57, over Rhode Island

The Crimson improved to 31-6 in Lavietes Pavilion since 2008-09 with its 69-57 win over Rhode Island (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Christine Clark led a trio of double-digit scorers as the Harvard women's basketball team picked up its first win of the year, 69-57, Tuesday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Clark scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, falling one board short of recording her second career double-double. The sophomore went 8-of-9 at the free-throw line, where she has now hit on 17 her last 19 attempts.

Elle Hagedorn and Elise Gordon each notched a new career high, with Hagedorn netting 14 points and Gordon 10. Hagedorn was 5-of-7 from the field with three assists and two steals while Gordon connected on 4-of-7 attempts. All nine Crimson (1-3) players who saw action on Tuesday scored at least one point.

Harvard's win improves the team to 31-6 at Lavietes since 2008-09 and is the Crimson's third straight victory in home openers. Harvard finished the game shooting 41.0 percent from the floor while converting 13 Rhode Island (1-4) turnovers into 20 points. The Crimson also held advantages in rebounds (43-33), points in the paint (30-10) and bench points (27-10).

Ashley Rivera led Rhode Island with 17 points while Emilie Cloutier and Sherrie Session each added 11.

Harvard opened the game on a 12-4 run as Clark and Victoria Lippert each netted five points through the first five minutes. A fastbreak layup by Clark pushed the score to 18-8 before back-to-back baskets by Hagedorn and Emma Golen gave the Crimson a 22-9 advantage.

Harvard closed the half on an 11-0 run, holding the Rams scoreless for the final 4:52 to take a 44-22 lead into the break. Clark led all scorers with 16 points and six rebounds in the first half, shooting 5-of-7 from the floor and 6-of-7 at the line. A total of seven Crimson players scored in the frame as Harvard shot 56.7 percent while holding Rhode Island to a 27.3 percent clip.

URI opened the second half on a 9-0 run to cut its deficit to 44-31, but four straight points by Hagedorn regained a 17-point lead for the Crimson, 48-31. Harvard continued to keep the pressure on and went up 54-35 on a Brogan Berry jumper before taking its first 20-plus point lead, 56-35, on a Hagedorn drive. The Rams never got closer than 12 points down the stretch as Harvard secured its first victory of the year, 69-57.

The Crimson return to action Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2:00 p.m. versus Holy Cross at Lavietes Pavilion. Fans who can't make it to Cambridge for Sunday's game can watch all of the action live through GoCrimson.com by clicking here.

GAME NOTES: Elle Hagedorn scored a career-high 14 points in a career-best 26 minutes … Elise Gordon scored in double-digits for the first time in her career, also setting a career-high with 10 points … Christine Clark (18 points, 9 rebounds) fell one rebound shy of her second career double-double … Christine Clark has scored in double-digits each game this season and in six straight dating back to last season … Harvard has had three student-athletes score in double-digits each game this season … The Crimson are 31-6 at Lavietes Pavilion since 2008-09 and have won three straight home openers.