Photo of Brogan Berry courtesy of Gil Talbot.
ORONO, Maine – The Harvard women's basketball team opened the 2010-11 season with a 73-54 win over Maine Saturday afternoon at the Alfonso Arena. Junior Brogan Berry led the Crimson with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Sophomore Victoria Lippert (17) and senior Emma Markley (12) joined Berry in double figures. Lippert also had a team-high six rebounds and equaled Miriam Rutzen's two steals. Berry's six assists moved her into eighth on the all-time assists list at Harvard with 275 careers hand outs.
Maine scored first and controlled the tempo of the game in the opening part of the first half. The home team continued to increase its lead and force Harvard turnovers as it climbed to a 20-10 lead with 8:01 to play in the first half. Sparked by a Berry three-pointer, the Crimson went on a 9-1 run to pull within one point of the Black Bears with 4:02 left in the first stanza. After Harvard took its first and only lead of the second half on a Lippert three, Maine answered with a trey of its own to make it 29-26 with the clock at 1:02. Berry chopped that to one with a jump shot before the half ended to make it 29-28 heading into the locker room.
Markley put the Crimson on top with a lay-up to start the second stanza. The Crimson took its largest lead of the game when it went ahead 44-36 on baskets from Berry, Christine Matera and Lippert. Six straight points from the Black Bears pulled the home team to within two, 44-42, but that is as close as they would get. Harvard used a 20-8 run which included a three-pointer from Claire Wheeler and baskets from Lippert and sophomore Elle Hagedorn. Harvard continued to pull away as the clock wound down.
The Crimson shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half to balance out a 30.3 percent effort in the first 20 minutes. Harvard had five blocks in the game, including four from Markley. The Black Bears held the advantage on the glass, pulling down 44 rebounds to Harvard's 38.
Harvard continues its stretch of road games when it travels to Annapolis, Md. Nov. 19-20 for the Navy Classic. The Crimson will face Oral Roberts (Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m.) and Navy (Nov. 20 at 8:30 p.m.).