Photo of Brogan Berry courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Christine Clark score a career-high 28 points and junior Brogan Berry joined the 1,000 point club as Harvard downing Columbia, 77-46, Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson improves to 15-8 overall and 7-2 in Ivy play.
Clark was 11-for-13 from the field with 28 points to lead all players. She added five rebounds and two steals in the win. Berry added 13 points and Victoria Lippert hit double figures with 10 points.
Berry is the 15th Crimson player to accomplish the feat and only the fifth to do it as a junior. Berry and Emma Markley become only the second duo to reach the 1,000 point mark in the same season. The last time two Harvard players did it in the same year was 1993.
Harvard started the game on a 4-0 run before Columbia quickly turned it around scoring six straight to take a 6-4 lead three minutes into the game. After trading baskets the Crimson, a pair of Clark free throws and a Jackie Alemany three-pointer gave the Crimson a 15-12 lead with 13:12 to play in the first half. In the second half of the first session, Harvard outscored the Lions 17-11 to take a 32-23 lead into the locker room. With 3:34, Berry drove to the basket for her 1,000th career point.
Clark led the team with 12 points at the half on for 5-for-7 shooting. The Crimson shot 56.5 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, while the Lions shot 42.9 percent. Both teams had 13 rebounds during the opening frame.
Berry and Clark scored the first eight points of the second stanza to give the Crimson a 15 point lead, 40-25, its largest of the night so far. The Lions cut the lead to 12 twice before Harvard outscored Columbia, 23-12 to take a 65-42 advantage. Emma Golen and Christine Clark hit back-to-back threes and Jackie Alemany and Berry added two-point baskets to give the Crimson a 70-44 cushion. Harvard's lead went to 30 after back-to-back buckets from Elise Gordon. Columbia cut the lead to 29 before the Crimson extended it to 31 with less than a minute to play.
Harvard shot a season-high 60.9 percent from the field in the win. Columbia managed just 35.4 percent after the Crimson held them to a 29 percent shooting clip in the second stanza. The Crimson outrebounded the Lions, 35-24.
Harvard continues its homestand next weekend with games against Brown and Yale. The Crimson faces the Bears Friday at 7 p.m. and hosts Yale on Senior Night at 6 p.m.