Women's Basketball Gains Control of WNIT Destiny with 88-64 Win Over Columbia

Women's Basketball Gains Control of WNIT Destiny with 88-64 Win Over Columbia

Hagedorn and Lippert recorded double-doubles to lead the Crimson to the 88-64 victory (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team opened the game on a 22-3 run and never looked back en route to an 88-64 win over Columbia Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Harvard (15-11, 8-4) was led by a quartet of double-digit scorers, including Elle Hagedorn and Victoria Lippert who each notched a double-double. Hagedorn scored 11 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds for the first double-double of her career, while Lippert notched her third with 13 points and 10 boards. Christine Clark scored a game-high 18 points with seven rebounds, as the Crimson combined to shoot 41.8 percent from the field and 24-of-25 at the line.

The win, combined with Yale's 71-51 loss to Princeton this evening, puts Harvard in sole possession of second place in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson now controls its own destiny and can clinch the second place crown and the conference's automatic bit to the WNIT by winning both of its remaining games.

Brogan Berry netted 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and moved into 29th place on the Ivy League's career scoring list in the process. Berry has tallied 1,393 points in her career while dishing out 509 assists. Harvard's 88 points scored mark the team's highest scoring output since an 88-84 win over Penn at Lavietes on Feb. 5, 2011.

Columbia (3-23, 1-11) opened the game shooting 1-of-14 from the floor and missed on each of its first 13 attempts from three. The Lions finished the game shooting 35.8 percent, including a 16-of-32 performance in the second half. Melissa Shafer and Taylor Ward each scored a team-high 12 points.

Berry scored six straight points to open the game, hitting a three from the right corner before driving to the basket for an and-one. Buckets by Lippert and Clark made it a 10-0 Harvard run less than four minutes in, and Berry pushed the score to 12-1 with a steal and breakaway layup.

Columbia connected on its first shot from the floor with 14:53 to play, but did not score again until the 10:46 mark as Harvard built a 22-3. Clark went coast-to-coast to make it a 16-3 game, and back-to-back three's from Emma Golen and Hagedorn gave the Crimson the 19-point lead. The Lions outscored Harvard 9-4 over the next six-plus minutes to cut its deficit to 26-12, before a 9-0 outburst helped the Crimson to a 43-24 lead at the break.

Harvard shot 43.8 percent in the frame and went 11-of-11 at the line, with Clark leading all scorers with 12 points and seven rebounds. Berry notched 10 points and Hagedorn added six points and eight boards. The Lions, meanwhile, were limited to 22.9 percent shooting, including the 1-of-14 start to the game, and hit just 1-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc.

The Crimson took a 22-point lead following a Golen three-pointer and Berry layup, 48-26, before the teams settled into a back-and-forth exchange. Melissa Simpson made it a 50-33 game with a three of her own, but a Lippert three moved the score to 55-35. Harvard's lead reached 24 points, 66-42, with 10:17 to play after back-to-back Berry jumpers.

The Crimson took an 80-57 advantage on Kaitlyn Dinkins' three-pointer with 4:52 to play, and a pair of Lippert free throws put the score at 84-62. Lindsay Louie capped the scoring off with a layup for the final 88-64 margin.

Harvard returns to action tomorrow, March 3 when it hosts Cornell at 6 p.m. The Crimson will celebrate the careers of its two graduating seniors, Berry and Louie, prior to the game.

Game Notes: Harvard moved one-half game in front of Yale for second place in the Ivy League and can clinch the conference's WNIT bid by winning out … Harvard's 88 points scored marked the team's highest scoring output since an 88-84 double-overtime win versus Penn on Feb. 5, 2011 … Elle Hagedorn recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as Victoria Lippert recorded  her third with 13 points and 10 rebounds … Elle Hagedorne and Victoria Lippert are the first Crimson duo to notch a double-double in the same game since Lippert and Emma Markley '11 did so on Dec. 9, 2009 … Brogan Berry moved into 29th place on the Ivy League's career scoring list with 1,393 points.