Berry's Double-Double Guides Women's Basketball to 68-47 Win at UMass

Berry's Double-Double Guides Women's Basketball to 68-47 Win at UMass

Berry recorded her first career double-double to move into ninth place in Ivy League history with 456 career assists (Gil Talbot).

AMHERST, Mass. – Brogan Berry registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists to move into the Ivy League's all-time top 10 for career assists, as the Harvard women's basketball team cruised to a 68-47 victory over UMass Tuesday night in Amherst, Mass.

Berry's 10 helpers matched her career-high and give her 456 for her career, moving her from 11th to ninth in Ivy League history. The senior added 12 points to register the first double-double of her career, and now stands only nine points shy of moving into Harvard's all-time top 10 with 1,219 career points.

Christine Clark led the Crimson (6-6) with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Emma Golen notched 10 points and six rebounds. Harvard made a season-high nine three-pointers and combined to shoot 47.4 percent from the field, while playing smothering defense that limited UMass (5-10) to 26.6 percent shooting.

Shakia Robinson scored a game-high 17 points while Jasmine Watson notched 15 points and nine rebounds.

It took more than three minutes before the first basket was made, but the Crimson eventually caught fire from behind the arc and stormed out to a 14-4 lead. Miriam Rutzen and Victoria Lippert made back-to-back trey's to get Harvard on the board, and Golen and Clark followed moments later to make it four straight from three-point range. Missy Mullins' layup with 12:53 remaining capped off the run and gave Harvard its first double-digit advantage of the game.

The Crimson was just as impressive at the defensive end early on, forcing seven UMass turnovers in the first 10-plus minutes and holding the Minutewomen to 2-of-15 shooting. Harvard used that same defensive pressure to close out the half on an 18-3 run, with Berry poignantly coming away with a steal on the frame's final possession. Four Crimson scored during the stretch to give the team a 39-15 halftime lead, including Berry who netted all eight of her first half points in the final 3:02.

Clark led all scorers at the break with nine points and four assists, while Berry added three assists and three steals. The Crimson combined to shoot 51.7 percent from the floor and went 6-of-10 from three, and held a 21-16 advantage on the glass. Harvard's defensive pressure led to 11 UMass turnovers and 10 points off turnovers, as the Minutewomen went just 7-of-27 from the floor through the first 20 minutes.

Harvard's outstanding shooting continued into the second half, with Golen and Lippert hitting back-to-back three's for a 45-19 lead. Mullins made it a 53-26 game with her baseline drive midway through the period and Golen's reverse layup with under eight to play gave Harvard a 30-point edge, 59-29. Lindsay Louie gave Harvard its largest lead of the night at 32 points, 62-30, with a spot-up three from the left corner.

An 10-0 run allowed UMass to pull within 62-40 but it was too little, too late as the Crimson matched the Minutewomen shot for shot down the stretch to hold on for the 68-47 victory.

Harvard will continue its current four-game road trip at TCU on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Brogan Berry moved into ninth place in Ivy League history with 456 career assists … Brogan Berry's 1,219 points put her nine shy of Sarah Duncan '89 for 10th place in Harvard history … Brogan Berry registered her first career double-double and Harvard's second of the season … Tuesday's victory was Harvard's fifth straight over UMass … Christine Clark has scored in double-digits each game this season and in 14 straight dating back to last year … Emma Golen has scored in double-digits in five straight games and in six of the team's last seven … Harvard has outrebounded its opponents in 11 of 12 games this season, including each of its last nine games.