Golen's Double-Double Propels Women's Basketball to 62-57 Win Over BU

Emma Golen (Jon Luszcz)
Emma Golen (Jon Luszcz)

Golen notched her first career double-double to lead the Crimson to a 62-57 win over BU (Jon Luszcz).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four Crimson scored in double-digits and Emma Golen notched the first double-double of her career as the Harvard women's basketball team defeated Boston University, 62-57, Wednesday night in Lavietes Pavilion.

Christine Clark led the offensive efforts with 16 points, marking the eighth straight game the sophomore has reached double-digits. Victoria Lippert notched 11 points while both Brogan Berry and Golen chipped in 10. Golen and Miriam Rutzen pulled down 10 rebounds apiece, as the Crimson (2-4) outrebounded the Terriers (3-3) 47-34.

Both teams shot 35 percent for the game but were over 80 percent at the line. Harvard's big rebounding advantage proved to be the difference in the contest, as the Crimson held a 30-22 advantage in points in the paint and a 16-10 advantage in second-chance points.

Chantell Alford led all scorers with 19 points as Mo Moran tallied 18.

The tone for the game was set early as the two teams traded the lead five times through the first six minutes. BU took a three-point lead off a Caroline Stewart jumper five minutes in but a 6-0 run put Harvard back in front, 11-8. Lippert began the stretch at the line and was followed by a Golen jumper and Clark layup in transition.

The Crimson held on to the lead for nearly seven minutes and went ahead by as many as six, 20-14, on a Lippert three with 8:26 remaining. A 7-0 stretch regained the lead for BU, however, and the Terriers went on top 25-22 on Rashidat Agboola's layup with 5:48 to play. Harvard forced its way back into the game by holding the Terriers scoreless over the next five-plus minutes, and took a 27-25 advantage with Rutzen's three from the top of the key.

Berry's jumper with 32 seconds remaining appeared to have given Harvard a 29-27 lead at the break, but Chantell Alford buried a three with just nine ticks to play, giving BU a 30-29 halftime edge. Lippert and Rutzen led the Crimson with seven first-half points, while Rutzen's six rebounds also paced the team. The Terriers shot 40.6 percent against Harvard's 30.0 percent, but an 8-3 advantage at the line helped Harvard keep pace.

Scoring was at a premium early in the second half with the teams combining for just 10 points through the first 4:30 of play. Missy Mullins changed all that with a pair of baskets in the paint before back-to-back fast-break layups by Clark put Harvard in front, 41-36. The Crimson took an eight-point lead, 45-37, after consecutive baskets by Berry and Lippert.

This time it was the BU defense which answered the call, forcing three Harvard turnovers during an 8-0 run to pull within one, 49-48. A layup by Berry ended the drought for the Crimson and with 3:24 to play, Golen hit a clutch three-pointer to make it a 56-50 game in Harvard's favor. BU pulled to within a bucket twice in the final two-plus minutes, but each time the Crimson had an answer to hold onto the lead. Berry gave Harvard a 60-57 edge with 1:17 remaining and calmly hit both ends of a one-and-one with 12 seconds to play, giving the Crimson the final 62-57 margin.

The Crimson will be back in action Tuesday, Dec. 6 at New Hampshire. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Emma Golen recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds … Golen is the first Crimson to notch a double-double since Emma Markley (22 pts., 11 rbs.) on Feb. 12, 2011 versus Brown … Miriam Rutzen also grabbed 10 rebounds, making Golen and Rutzen the first Crimson teammates to tally at least 10 rebounds in the same game since Jackie Alemany (13 rbs.) and Victoria Lippert (10 rbs.) did so Feb. 19, 2010 at Cornell … Christine Clark has scored in double-digits in eight straight games dating back to last season … Harvard has outrebounded its opponents in three straight games and in five of six games this season.