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Women’s Basketball Opens Ivy League Play with 88-66 Win Over Dartmouth

The Crimson has beaten Dartmouth in six straight games, matching its longest win streak vs the Big Green (OAC).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert combined for 41 points to lead the Harvard women's basketball team past Dartmouth, 88-66, Saturday afternoon as the team opened its 39th season of Ivy League play.

Clark finished the day with a game-high 22 points and shot 8-of-11 from the field, including a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. Lippert contributed 19 points with four three-pointers as each pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Shilpa Tummala  shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and hit two three's for a career-high 10 points.

Harvard (10-5, 1-0 Ivy League) shot 46.3 percent (31-67) for the game and 40.0 percent (10-25) from the three-point line. Dartmouth (2-13, 0-1 Ivy League) meanwhile, shot just 39.6 percent (21-53) and was outrebounded by the Crimson, 42-32. Faziah Steen was the Big Green's leading scorer with 18 points as Lakin Roland added 13. 

The Crimson isnow 22-17 all-time in Ivy League openers and 19-12 under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. 

Harvard opened the game on a 10-2 run which included eight straight points by Lippert. Over the next four minutes Clark added six points and Lippert hit her second-three of the game as the Crimson defense stiffled the Dartmouth's offense for a 19-4 lead at the second media timeout. Harvard continued its offensive surge and lead by as many as 20 points, 30-10, on a made free throw by Emma Golen at the 6:14 minute mark. 

The Crimson cooled off as the Big Green heated up with a 13-4 run over the next three minutes to cut Harvard's lead to 10, 34-24 with 3:41 to play before intermission. Temi Fagbenle stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws and five points by Tummala extended Harvard's lead back to 20, 46-26. The Big Green scored the last four points of the half, however, and Harvard went into the locker room leading by 16, 46-30. 

The Crimson shot 14-of-29 for the half and was a perfect 13-of-13 at the line against a 9-of-24 performance for Dartmouth. Lippert led all scores with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting as Clark chipped in 13 points while going 4-of-6. Harvard held a 22-10 advantage on the glass and a 14-10 edge in points in the paint.

Harvard struggled in the opening minutes of the second half as Dartmouth took advantage to cut the lead to 11, 50-39, with 15:26 to play.

After four minutes of back-and-forth baskets, Harvard exploded with a 17-0 run including seven points from Clark to take a 23-point lead with 7:53 remaining. A three-pointer by Jasmine Evans at the 3:19 minute mark put the game away as the Crimson led by 31, 83-52. 

Harvard will travel to Dartmouth, N.H., on Saturday, Jan. 26. for a rematch with the Big Green. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Harvard has won six straight games against Dartmouth, matching the program's longest win streak against the Big Green ... Harvard's 46 first-half points were the second most for the team this season behind a 48-point performance against UMass ... Christine Clark went over 20 points for the second straight game and the fourth time this season ... Victoria Lippert moved into seventh place on the Crimson's all-time scoring list with 1,304 career points while Christine Clark moved into 16th place with 1,050 points.