Women’s Basketball Earns 600th Program Win with 91-71 Defeat at Brown

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The first Ivy League program to 600 wins, Harvard women's basketball downed Brown 91-71 Friday night at Pizzitola Sports Center behind 19 points and five rebounds from senior captain Christine Clark.

The 91 points marked the second time this season Harvard has reached the 90-plus plateau. Harvard (14-5, 4-1) shot 30-of-47 (63.8 percent) from the field, including 10-of-16 from behind the arc. The 63.8 percent shooting represented the best from the field since Feb. 12, 2010 vs. Yale (64.9 percent). The 62.5 percent shooting from three represented the third-best performance from behind the arc in program history (.714 vs. NDSU). 

The Crimson also shared the ball, dishing out 23 assists on 30 baskets.

Clark led a quartet of Harvard players in double-figures, as sophomore guard Kit Metoyer recorded her first double-figure effort, destroying her career-high with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three. Junior Temi Fagbenle added 14 points and eight rebounds to near a double-double. Senior guard Jasmine Evans chipped in 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Brown (7-12, 1-4) was paced by Lauren Clarke's 17 points.

The Crimson had the hot hand over the first 20 minutes, shooting 19-of-25 from the field, including connecting on 5-of-7 three pointers. Harvard also moved the ball well, assisting on 14 of the 19 buckets.

Clark and Erin McDonnell pushed Harvard to an early 16-2 lead at the first media timeout, as the Crimson defense held the Bears to 1-of-7 shooting from the field. Harvard didn't relent after the pause, as junior guard Ali Curtis nailed a three off a dish from Evans to give the Crimson a 16-point lead at the 15:12 mark.

Harvard held serve for the remainder of the half, putting its foot on the gas pedal with two minutes to play before the break. Fagbenle completed an and-one before adding two more free throws and Shilpa Tummala drained a jumper with 1:14 remaining to give the Crimson its largest lead of the half, 51-29. A lay-in by Fagbenle six seconds before halftime sent Harvard into the locker room with a 53-33 advantage. 

The Crimson continued the onslaught after the break, producing a 15-4 spurt over the first five minutes. Clark started and ended the run with drives to the basket, converting the second into an old-fashioned three-point play to balloon the ledger to 68-37 in favor of Harvard.

Harvard was able to empty its bench, as 12 players saw action and maintained the Crimson lead, ending with a 91-71 win.  

The Crimson continues south, heading to New Haven, Conn., tomorrow night. Harvard and Yale are set to tip at the John J. Lee Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Harvard becomes the first Ivy League program and the first DI school in Massachusetts to eclipse the 600 win mark. The 91 points marked the second time this season the Crimson has reached the 90-plus plateau (at Colgate). With 19 points, Christine Clark passed Victoria Lippert '12 for the No. 6 spot all-time with 1,532 points. The senior scored in double-figures for the 87th time in her career and 14th time this season. Fagbenle scored in double-digits for the 14th time this season and the 34th game of her career. Kit Metoyer bested her career high with 17 points, shooting 5-of-6 from behind the arc for her first career game in double-figures. Jasmine Evans notched her ninth double-digit scoring effort with 10 points. Harvard moves to 12-4 with the starting lineup of Curtis, Clark, Mullins, Fagbenle and McDonnell. With four made free throws, Clark sits at No. 3 all-time with 403 career free throws. The senior needs 25 to pass Reka Cserny '04 for second all-time. The Crimson moves to 11-2 when scoring more than 70 points and 5-0 when recording 80-plus. Eleven players scored.

— GoCrimson.com —