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Lippert, Berry Combine for 39 as Women's Basketball Falls 71-60 at Providence

Berry moved to 12th place on Harvard's all-time scoring list with 19 points at Providence (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Victoria Lippert scored 20 points and Brogan Berry added 19 as the Harvard women's basketball team fell 71-60 Friday night at Providence.

Lippert was 8-of-12 from the floor including a 3-of-5 performance from three-point range. Berry made 7-of-14 and was 4-of-5 at the line, dishing out five assists while playing all 40 minutes. Berry's 19 points moved her to 12th place on Harvard's career scoring list, where she now stands with 1,116. Christine Clark turned in 10 points as the Crimson (0-3) combined to shoot 47.9 percent on the night.

Providence (1-2) was led by Rachel Barnes' 22 points and Symone Roberts' 14. The Friars took advantage of 22 Harvard turnovers, scoring 26 points off those turnovers and holding a 38-18 advantage in the paint.

Scoring was at a premium early in the game as Providence held a slight 6-5 lead at the first media timeout. Harvard took a 7-6 advantage on Lippert's first bucket and went on top 11-8 on a jumper by Berry with 12:53 to play. Berry later put the Crimson up 18-17 with a three-pointer, as she began the game a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor with one assist to account for 12 of Harvard's first 18 points.

The teams traded baskets over the final eight minutes of the half with Lippert twice giving Harvard a lead from behind the arc. The Friar's closed out the frame on an 8-2 run following Lippert's second three, however, to take a 33-30 margin into the locker room.

The Crimson shot 60.0 percent in the first half, connecting on 12-of-20 attempts from the floor and 3-of-5 from three. Lippert led all scorers with 11 points while Berry netted 10 and dished out three assists. Both teams struggled with ball security, as Providence held a 12-9 advantage in turnovers and the teams combined to score 25 points off the mistakes.

Providence hit on its first two possessions out of the intermission to extend the run to 12-2 and take a 37-30 lead. Lippert connected on her third three-pointer to end the stretch and after Clark's baseline drive, Harvard's deficit was cut to three, 39-36. Missy Mullins put back her own miss to move the score to 42-40, but Rachel Barnes' three with 12:09 on the clock began an 18-6 run which put the Friars in front for good, 60-46.

Harvard pulled to within eight off an Emma Golen layup and two possessions later the junior made it a six-point game, 66-60, at the free-throw line. Providence added five points in the final minute, however, to hold on for the 71-60 win.

The Crimson will open its home schedule Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. versus Rhode Island. Fans who can't make it to Cambridge for Tuesday's game can watch all of the action live through GoCrimson.com by clicking here.

GAME NOTES: Brogan Berry's 19 points moved her to 12th place on Harvard's all-time scoring list with 1,116 career points … Berry moved past Elizabeth Proudfit's '96 total of 1,113 and now trails Barbarann Keefer '88 (1,169 pts.) by 53 points for 11th … The Crimson are 0-3 to start the season for the first time since 2006-07 and only the seventh time in program history.