Women’s Basketball Buries Dartmouth, 77-59; Wins 19th-Straight at Lavietes

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Prior to the game, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith was honored for her 500th win, recorded earlier this season vs. Colgate.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Posting its 19th-straight victory inside Lavietes Pavilion, Harvard women's basketball (12-4, 2-0) downed Dartmouth, 77-59, Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 1,012 for Alumnae Weekend.

Senior captain Christine Clark paced the Crimson with 17 points, as the Tucson, Ariz., native passed Brogan Berry '12 to rank No. 7 all-time at Harvard with 1,469 career points. Sophomore forward AnnMarie Healy neared her career high with 11 points, adding a team-high and personal-best nine rebounds. Junior forward Erin McDonnell scored in double-figures for the eighth time over the last nine games with 10.

Ten (10) Harvard players contributed to the final score, as the Crimson registered a 46.2 shooting percentage from the field.

Dartmouth (3-13, 0-2) was paced by Lakin Roland, with 16 points. Harvard's defense held the Big Green to 18 points in the paint, outrebounding the squad by 19, 45-26.  

Knotted at 15-15, the Crimson knocked down three-straight treys and senior Jasmine Evans fought for a second-chance bucket to give Harvard a 26-18 advantage at the 9:44 mark. After a jumper by Nicola Zimmer as the shot clock expired, Clark and Healy combined to score 16 of the next 22 points before the break to lead a Harvard charge that resulted in a 44-24 halftime lead. The pair connected from all over the floor, as Clark hit three treys and connected twice more around the basket. Heading into the locker room, Clark led all scorers with 10 points, as the Crimson shot nearly 53 percent from the field.

Harvard continued to expand its lead in the second half, increasing the margin to 33 just after the 10 minute mark. A 16-6 spurt gave the Crimson its largest advantage of the game, started by an Ali Curtis trey and ending with a Clark free throw. Delaney-Smith was able to utilize her entire bench, as 12 players saw action.

Harvard hits the road for four-straight contests, heading to Princeton and Penn next weekend. The Crimson and Tigers are set to battle Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Jadwin Gym.  

Game Notes: Harvard won its 19th-straight home contest, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012. With 17 points, Christine Clark passed Brogan Berry for the No. 7 spot all-time at Harvard with 1,469 career points. The senior scored in double-figures for the 84th time in her career and 11th time this season. For the second time this season, and first since at Colgate on Nov. 23, Harvard buried 10-plus threes with 10. AnnMarie Healy posted 11 points, the third time this season she has registered double-figures. The sophomore also bested her career high with a team-high nine rebounds. Erin McDonnell has scored 10-plus points (10) for the 11th time this season and eighth over the last nine games. Kit Metoyer posted a new career high with nine points. The Crimson moves to 9-2 when scoring more than 70 points. Ten players posted at least two points. Harvard moves to 10-3 with the starting lineup of Curtis, Clark, Mullins, Fagbenle and McDonnell.