Photo of Miriam Rutzen, who posted a career-high 11 point in Harvard's win, courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five Harvard women’s basketball players scored in double figures as the Crimson defeated Dartmouth, 64-59, to record its 20th win of the season and its 12th victory of the season at home. Junior co-captain Christine Matera led the Crimson with 17 points.
It is the ninth 20 win season in program history, all under head coach Kathy Delany-Smith. The Crimson also posted a 12-1 record at Lavietes Pavilion. Its best win percentage at home since going unbeaten in 1997-98.
Matera was 6-of-12 from the field and 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. Freshman Miriam Rutzen scored a career-high 11 points, while juniors Emma Markley and Jackie Alemany had 10 each. Sophomore Brogan Berry handed out a career-high 10 assists to bring her season total to 165 and her career total to 265. She is second on the single season assists list and ninth on the career list.
Harvard jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before a 6-2 run by the Big Green evened the score as 8-8 with 13:51. That was as close as Dartmouth would get. A three pointer from Alemany sparked a 9-0 run that put the home team up 17-10 three minutes later. The Crimson extended its lead to 13 at 30-17 with less than four minutes remaining in the first. Dartmouth cut it to eight before Lippert’s jumper with 24 ticks on the clock gave Harvard a 35-25 lead at the break.
Matera led all players with 11 at the half.
Matera equaled the largest lead of the game when she nailed a three-pointer to begin the second session. Dartmouth cut the lead to six twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half. In the final 10 minutes the Crimson pulled away by double digits, but the Big Green didn’t back off and cut the deficit to 62-58 with 1:50 left to play. A pair of Faizah Steen free throws made it a three-point game with 1:11 on the scoreboard. A Dartmouth foul sent Berry to the line where she made both free throws.
The Crimson who shot an uncharacteristic 39.7 percent from the field, but was an impressive 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Dartmouth won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Crimson, 39-29.