Photo of Christine Clark courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team fell to Sacred Heart, 69-60, Wednesday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Freshman Christine Clark equaled a career-high 18 points to lead the Crimson (5-4).
Harvard jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Pioneers scored five straight to take its first lead of the game. Sacred Heart extended that lead to 14 points (24-10) over the eight minutes. The Crimson chopped away at the deficit over the next seven minutes thanks to seven Clark points during that span including a three ball at 2:47 that pulled the Crimson to within two, 30-28. The Pioneers answered with a trey of their own and a quick lay-up to take the lead back to eight points. A Berry three-pointer and a Markley jumper pulled the home team to within 35-33 to close out the half.
Markley had 10 points and five rebounds at the break to pace the Crimson. Harvard shot 50 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes,
A 13-7 run by the Crimson top en the second half put the Crimson up 46-42. Victoria Lippert scored seven straight points to put the Crimson back on top. The visitors answered with an 8-0 spurt that gave them a six-point lead with 8:42 to play in the game. A long ball from Christine Matera and a Clark layup cut the deficit to 53-51, before SHU outscored the Crimson 10-3 to take a 63-54 lead with just over a minutes to play.
Harvard shot 39.3 percent for the game, including 77.8 percent from the free throw line. Sacred Heart managed 42.3 percent from the field thanks to a 52.4 percent effort in the second stanza. The Crimson won the battle on the class, outrebounding the Pioneers, 39-32.
The loss was the first for the Crimson at home against a non-conference opponent since 2008-09, snapping an 11-game home win streak in non-league games.
The Crimson returns to action at Dayton, Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.