ATLANTA – Harvard women's basketball (6-5) defeated Lipscomb 84-63 in the consolation game of the Georgia Tech Holiday Classic at McCamish Pavilion Tuesday afternoon. Senior captain Erin McDonnell, named to the all-tournament team, finished with 19 points and nine rebounds to pace the Crimson.
Junior forward AnnMarie Healy and senior forward Temi Fagbenle also posted double-digits with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Fagbenle chipped in nine boards. Nine of the 10 players that saw action scored for the Crimson, who posted a season-high 22 assists on 28 baskets.
Southern and Cooper paced the Bison (4-9) with 14 points apiece. For the game, Harvard shot 45 percent from the field and outrebounded Lipscomb, 46-24.
The Crimson started the game with a palpable energy, ripping off 16 of the first 19 points to hold a 16-3 advantage with 7:25 gone. The Bison answered with seven of the next 10 points, but Harvard would not relent, pushing its lead to 25 over the next eight minutes. A 16-0 run, while holding Lipscomb to 0-of-7 shooting and three turnovers, pushed the Crimson lead to 35-10 with 4:40 to play before the break. Senior Ali Curtis started the run with a long trey and Fagbenle capped the spurt with an old-fashioned three-point play.
Lipscomb threatened with 10 unanswered points, but a 6-2 blip before half gave the Crimson a 41-22 lead heading into the locker room.
After trading baskets to start the second stanza, the Bison connected on three-straight triples to claw back into the game, 49-38 at the 14:15 mark. Harvard would not be shaken, moving the lead back to 19 two minutes later.
The Bison continued to use the arc, utilizing a 13-1 run – sparked by three triples – to pull within seven, 60-53. Harvard expanded its lead to 15 at the 6:48 mark with a McDonnell three in front of its bench and would not relent, posting a 21-point victory.
Harvard returns home for eight of its next nine contests, first taking on Florida Gulf Coast University Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: A senior has paced the Crimson in all but one game this season. Temi Fagbenle has registered double-figures in 16 of the last 18 contests with 14 points. AnnMarie Healy posted double-figures for the eighth time this season with 16 points. Erin McDonnell registered her 23rd double-figure effort with 19 points. Harvard assisted on 22 of its 28 baskets and broke its season high in helpers. It marked the most assists since at Brown (2/7/14, 23). Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith used the starting lineup of Ali Curtis, Kaitlyn Dinkins, AnnMarie Healy, Temi Fagbenle and Erin McDonnell for the eighth-straight game. Harvard moves to 4-4 with this lineup. The Crimson moves to 1-0 against Lipscomb.