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Furious Comeback Falls Short for Women's Basketball in 58-55 Loss at Brown

Clark registered her second straight double-double as the Crimson fell Friday night at Brown (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's basketball team pulled within two points with 0:45 remaining after trailing by as many as 14 in the second half, but Emma Golen's game-tying three-point attempt was off the mark, allowing Brown to escape with a 58-55 win Friday night in Providence, R.I.

The Crimson (12-10, 5-3) trailed 57-49 with under 2:00 to go before Golen sank a three to cut the deficit to five. A Christine Clark jumper and Victoria Lippert free throw made it a two-point game, but Brown's (15-8, 6-3)defense clamped down in the final moments, forcing a Harvard turnover before Golen's missed three to preserve the victory.

Clark led all scorers with 20 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds to record her second straight double-double. The sophomore was 7-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line. Lippert scored 12 points while Golen notched eight and six rebounds.

The Bears' defense frustrated Harvard throughout the game, as the Crimson shot just 30.6 percent from the floor and committed 20 turnovers. Brown shot only slightly better at 34.3 percent, but scored 19 points off the Harvard miscues. The Crimson dominated Brown on the glass, 56-36, but scored just 10 second-chance points off 21 offensive boards.

Sheila Dixon and Hannah Passafuime led the Bears with 12 points apiece while Lauren Clarke and Lindsay Nickel each added 11.

Both teams struggled from the floor early on and Harvard held just a slight 4-2 lead at the first media timeout. Golen put the Crimson in front, 7-4, with a three from the left wing, but a 5-0 spurt gave the Bears their first lead of the evening, 9-7. Harvard tied the score back up at nine on a Golen layup, and retook the lead on a Brogan Berry three-pointer, 12-11. Clark's and-one made it a four-point game, and Lippert capped off an 8-0 run for Harvard with a turn-around jumper to take a six-point margin, 17-11.

An 11-2 run over the next three-plus minutes, which included eight straight points from Nickel, put Brown back on top, 22-19. Berry evened the game at 22 with her second three-pointer, but the Bears closed the half on a 9-3 run to lead 31-25 at the break. Nickel and Clarke led Brown with eight points apiece, while Berry paced the Crimson with six points, three rebounds and two assists. The Bears' advantage came from behind the arc, where they hit five three-pointers compared to Harvard's three while each team shot below 37 percent.

Brown extended the margin to double-digits with three straight buckets out of the break, 37-25. Dixon gave the Bears a 14-point edge with 14:07 to play, 41-27, but the Crimson began to heat up to keep the game within reach. A Lippert three-pointer made it an 11-point game, and Clark scored all seven points during a 7-0 Harvard run to make it a six-point game, 43-37, with 10:09 remaining.

Brown responded with back-to-back three's from Nickel and Clarke, and Dixon's jumper put the Bears on top 51-37 with 8:50 on the clock. A Clark jumper and Erin McDonnell three-pointer cut Harvard's deficit to single-digits once again, 55-46, and after and Elle Hagedorn free throw it was an eight-point game, 55-47.

Trailing by eight with under 2:00 to play, Harvard scored six straight points to pull within two on the scoreboard, 57-55. Golen began the late surge with a three from the right corner, and Clark added a layup with 1:28 remaining to move the score to 57-54. Lippert hit the first of two free throws to make it a two-point game, and chased down the long rebound after missing the second to keep Harvard's chances alive. A turnover gave the ball back to Brown, however, and Passafuime hit 1-of-2 at the line to extend the margin to 58-55. Golen grabbed the rebound off Passafuime's missed second attempt and had a shot to tie it at the other end, but her shot was off the mark, giving Brown the victory.

Harvard continues its road trip tomorrow with a visit to Yale at 6 p.m.

Game Notes: Christine Clark recorded her second straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, becoming the first Crimson student-athlete to do so since Emma Markley '11 in 2011 … Harvard earned a 56-36 advantage on the glass, marking the team's largest rebounding margin since outrebounding NJIT 45-23 on Jan. 9, 2011 … Harvard shot below 70 percent at the line (10-15) for just the sixth time this season.