Golen's Career-High 21 Gives Women's Basketball 74-69 Win Over Dartmouth
The Crimson has registered 10 wins in Ivy League play six times in the last seven years (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Emma Golen scored a career-high 21 points and Brogan Berry moved into a tie for second place on Harvard's career assists list as the Crimson defeated Dartmouth Tuesday night, 74-69, in the team's regular season finale.
Golen shot 8-of-13 from the floor, including a 3-of-6 clip from three, en route to her 21-point night. The junior also dished out a career-high five assists and pulled down eight rebounds. Christine Clark tallied 14 points and four steals while Elise Gordon scored a career-best 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Berry notched 13 points, four assists and four steals in 33 minutes. Her four helpers moved her career total to 517, tying her with former teammate Emily Tay '09 for second place in Harvard history and fourth place in Ivy League annals. Berry also eclipsed the 1,400 career point plateau, and ranks sixth in program history with 1,411.
Harvard (17-11, 10-4) shot 42.2 percent for the game against 46.7 percent from Dartmouth (6-22, 4-10), but turned 19 Big Green turnovers into 24 points and outscored Dartmouth 36-26 in the paint. The win puts Harvard at 10-4 in conference play, marking the sixth time in the last seven years the Crimson have notched 10 wins in the Ivy League.
Sasha Dosenko scored 20 points for the Big Green while Tia Dawson registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Harvard jumped out to yet another big lead as a Golen three-pointer and a pair of baskets by Clark put the Crimson on top, 8-0. Dartmouth did not back down, however, pulling to within three off a Faziah Steen triple, 10-7, before taking an 11-10 lead off back-to-back Dawson buckets. Harvard regained the lead on a second Golen three and went up 16-11 the next time down the court following a Golen and-one.
Victoria Lippert scored four straight points for a 20-11 advantage, but the Big Green scored 10 unanswered points and went back in front, 21-20, on a Steen jumper with 7:38 remaining. Berry responded with her first points of the evening as the teams began to trade blows back and forth. Dartmouth went ahead by as many as eight points, 36-28, before Golen and Gordon ended the half on a 6-0 run to send the teams into the locker room with the Big Green on top, 36-34.
Golen led all scorers at the break with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Gorden added eight points on 4-of-6 shooting while both Elle Hagedorn and Miriam Rutzen pulled down five rebounds. Dartmouth shot 47.1 percent in the frame with Dawson netting 13, but the Crimson stayed in the game with 14 offensive rebounds as it held a 25-17 edge on the glass.
Golen continued to light it up as she hit her third three-pointer of the night before converting her second three-point play on the next possession for a 44-42 Harvard lead. The and-one sparked an 11-0 run as the Crimson went ahead 52-42 on Hagedorn's fastbreak layup with 13:32 to go. Harvard scored eight straight after a pair of Dartmouth free throws, and took a 16-point lead, 60-44, on a Gordon basket in transition.
The Big Green hit three straight three-pointers during an 11-0 stretch to pull within 60-55, and made it a 62-58 game with a Dawson three-point play. A Berry layup and free throws from Clark put the lead back at eight, 66-58, but Steen's trey with 3:37 remaining made it a four-point game once again, 66-62.
Steen scored seven straight points for Dartmouth to keep the Big Green close and after Sasha Dosenko's three the score stood at 72-69 with 0:58 to play. Harvard was unable to convert at its offensive end but Dosenko's attempt to tie it on Dartmouth's ensuing possession was off the mark and Hagedorn came down with the rebound. Hagedorn was fouled with 0:09 on the clock and hit both free throws, giving the Crimson the final 74-69 margin.
Harvard will now await to learn its WNIT fate when the brackets are revealed Monday, March 12.
Game Notes: Brogan Berry moved into a tie with Emily Tay '09 for second in Harvard history and fourth in Ivy League annals with 517 career assists … Brogan Berry also set the program record for career starts with her 113th career start … Emma Golen scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and dished out a career-best five assists … Elise Gordon also recorded a career-high with 12 points in 12 minutes … Harvard dished out a season-high 21 assists on 27 baskets ... The Crimson has won five straight games against Dartmouth and has swept each of the last two season series.