1,038 fans were in attendance Saturday evening as the Crimson raised funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brogan Berry scored 21 points and Christine Clark notched her second double-double of the year, but the Harvard women's basketball team was unable to solve a hot Princeton team as the Tigers won their 10th straight, 84-56, Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.
Berry's team-high 21 points came on just 6-of-15 shooting, but the senior was 8-of-9 at the line and added three assists with zero turnovers in 35 minutes. Clark's double-double came via a 17-point, 11-rebound effort. The Crimson (12-9, 5-2 Ivy League) struggled from the floor all night, shooting a season-low 26.9 percent despite getting several quality looks at the basket.
Niveen Rasheed was the game's high scorer with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Princeton (17-4, 7-0 Ivy League) shot 55.0 percent on the night and hit seven three-pointers, including three from Lauren Edwards who netted 13 points. The Tigers moved two games ahead of Harvard and Yale in the Ivy League standings with the victory.
Berry hit Harvard's first shot of the night before Rasheed scored five straight for a 5-2 Princeton lead. An Edwards three gave the Tigers an 8-4 advantage, and Rasheed followed with a three of her own the next time down the court to move the score to 11-4. Christine Clark posted up for her first basket of the night to end the run, and after a Victoria Lippert three-pointer the Crimson trailed by four, 16-12, with 9:45 remaining.
Princeton used a 12-0 run to open a double-digit lead, with Devona Allgood scoring six straight points before a Rasheed layup in transition pushed the score to 31-14. The Tigers closed the half with a 6-2 run and took a 37-18 margin into the break. Berry scored a team-high nine points, but the Crimson combined to shoot just 5-of-30 from the field while Princeton went 14-of-27. Rasheed led all scorers with 10 points and Allgood added nine.
Princeton picked up in the second half where it left off in the first, scoring the first six points of the frame to make it a 43-18 game. Edwards later sparked a 20-5 run with her third trey of the night, as Princeton pulled away to a 65-27 margin with 11:57 to play.
Erin McDonnell ended the Tiger run with a jumper and Berry added a three on the Crimson's next trip down the court. A second McDonnell bucket pulled Harvard within 67-34, but the Tigers answered back with another 6-0 stretch. Princeton took its largest lead of the night on a Rasheed jumper, 77-36, with 6:25 remaining. Harvard closed the game on a 17-4 run, but it was not nearly enough as Princeton walked away with the 84-56 win.
Harvard will open a four-game road swing next weekend with trips to Brown and Yale. The Crimson will first face the Bears in Providence, R.I. on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. before heading to New Haven, Conn. to face the Bulldogs at 6 p.m.
Game Notes: Brogan Berry scored 21 points, marking the second straight game she has scored 20-plus points and the fourth straight game a Crimson has scored at least 20 … Christine Clark recorded her second double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds … Princeton is the first team to score 80-plus points against Harvard since Penn did so in double overtime on Feb. 5, 2011 at Lavietes Pavilion … Freshman Erin McDonnell scored a career-high four points while fellow freshman Ali Curtis went 1-of-2 at the line to record the first point of her career … A season-high 1,038 fans were in attendance as the Crimson joined forces with the WBCA and the "Play for Kay" initiative to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.