Photo of Emma Markley courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team needed a little extra time to secure a win over Penn on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson defeated Penn, 88-84 in double overtime to improve to 13-6 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League.
Emma Markley scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds, collected four steals and blocked two shots in the win. Brogan Berry added 17 points for the second night in a row, including clutch free throws down the stretch, to go along with eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Victoria Lippert chipped in with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while Christine Clark added 11 points.
Harvard cruised out to an 11-2 lead using a 4-for-4 performance from the free throw line in the opening five minutes of the game for the early advantage. Alyssa Baron scored nine straight points for the Quakers to pull within 16-11 with 10:39 to play in the first half. Penn converted on two free throws and took advantage of a Harvard turnover to make it a one-point game 16-15 less than a minute later. The Crimson scored five points in 19 seconds to give Harvard its first double-digit lead of the night, 29-19 with 5:32 to play in the first half. Penn slowly chipped away at the deficit, cutting the lead to one after scoring the final five points of the half. The teams headed to the locker room with Harvard holding a 35-34 lead.
Berry and Markley each had seven to lead the Crimson at the half. Penn took advantage of 11 first half turnovers, scoring 11 points off Harvard errors.
Penn scored first in the second stanza to take its first lead of the game, 36-35. Markley quickly answered for the Crimson with a fastbreak lay-up on a pass from Berry. The two teams traded baskets on their next two possessions before a Matera steal led to a Lippert three-point basket and gave the Crimson a 42-38 lead after three minutes of play. The Quakers hit two trifectas to retake the lead at 48-46 and the teams traded leads twice more before three straight Markley baskets gave the home team a 55-50 advantage.
The Quakers used a 14-0 run over a three minute 45 second span to take a 64-57 lead with six minutes left on the clock. Lippert drained a three and Jasmine Evans stole the ball and ran it in for a fastbreak score to take a 68-64 lead with 3:00 remaining in the game. Alyssa Baron tied the game at 72 with 10 seconds left.
Baron scored the first points of the extra session and Harvard equaled the score with a pair of shots from the charity stripe with less than two minutes to play. Clark scored for the Crimson and Baron answered for the Quakers. Neither team was able to score in the final seconds of the first overtime.
Markley and Clark gave Harvard an 85-82 lead and Penn's Baron made it 85-84 with 1:34 on the clock. Baron fouled Berry with six second left to foul out of the game. Berry made 1-of-2 shots and then grabbed the emailed where she was fouled again. She converted on both shots to give Harvard the win.
Harvard shot 50 percent from the field for the second game in a row. The Crimson was 7-of-19 from beyond the arc (36.8 percent) and 23-of-29 (79.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Penn outrebounded the Crimson, 40-34.
Harvard heads back out on the road for the Brown-Yale series. The Crimson faces off at Yale Friday night and meets Brown Saturday in Providence, R.I.