Late Rally Pushes Michigan Past Women's Basketball, 72-61
Clark scored 20-plus points for a second straight game at Michigan (Gil Talbot).
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Harvard women's basketball team held a 46-43 lead with under 12 minutes to play but host Michigan outscored the Crimson 29-15 down the stretch to secure a 72-61 win Friday afternoon.
Christine Clark once again led Harvard (3-2) with 23 points on 11-of-22 shooting. The junior added eight rebounds and two steals while playing 39-of-40 minutes. Victoria Lippert and Miriam Rutzen registered nine points apiece as the team shot 42.1 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from three.
Kate Thompson scored a game-high 24 points for Michigan (4-1) while going 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Wolverines shot 50.0 percent on the day and scored 21 points off 11 Crimson turnovers.
Ali Curtis scored the game's first five points and Harvard looked in control early with a 7-0 lead less than two minutes in. Michigan stormed back with 10-unaswered points, however, to gain its first lead of the afternoon, 10-7, before a second 7-0 run which included another Curtis bucket put the Crimson back on top, 14-10.
The game continued to swing back-and-forth with Michigan going up 19-14 before Clark took the ball coast-to-coast for a 20-19 Harvard edge. The Wolverines regained the lead on the next possession and pushed the margin to 25-20, but six more points by Clark followed by a Melissa Mullins turnaround jumper gave the advantage back to the Crimson, 28-27.
Michigan rebounded to take its fourth lead of the half and Kate Thompson's three-pointer before the buzzer sent the Wolverine's into the break with a 36-29 margin. Clark led the Crimson with 10 points and six rebounds in the frame while Curtis added seven points and two steals. Harvard shot 42.3 percent through the first 20 minutes and was 3-of-7 from beyond the arc, but the Wolverines shot 48.4 percent and turned seven Crimson turnovers into 14 points to gain the upper hand.
Clark remained hot after the intermission and scored nine of the team's first 14 points to put Harvard up by one, 43-42. Harvard trailed by the same margin after Rutzen's jumper in the lane but the senior found Clark streaking down the court on the next possession for a breakaway layup and the lead. Harvard battled back from two more deficits with three-pointers by Emma Golen and Rutzen putting the Crimson back on top, but each time Michigan found an answer and eventually a 9-0 run put the Wolverines in front for good, 60-52.
Lippert scored five straight to keep the score close, 63-57, before a 7-0 stretch put the game out of reach.
Harvard will be back in action tomorrow as it faces Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Game Notes: Christine Clark has led Harvard in scoring each game this season, becoming the first Crimson to do so since Hannah Peltjo '04 led the team in six straight contests to open the 2002-03 campaign … Harvard has shot 50.0 percent or better from three-point range in three of five games this season.