CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior captain Christine Clark poured in 21 points, as Harvard women's basketball rolled to a 84-56 win over North Dakota State Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson (3-1) has scored 75-plus points in each of their four contests this season.
Ten Harvard players scored in the contest, led by Clark who hit 8-of-17 from the field. Senior Elise Gordon posted double-figures with 10 points, adding eight rebounds. Classmate Melissa Mullins also neared a double-double with nine points and a team-high 10 boards.
North Dakota State (1-1) was paced by Brooke Lemar with 13 points and five assists.
The two squads remained close early, but the Crimson used a 9-0 spurt to turn a three-point advantage into a 12-point lead, 25-13, at the 9:58 mark. Clark capped the spurt with an exclamation point, converting an and-one opportunity.
Harvard continued to build its lead, expanding a 13-point margin to 19 points just before the break. Back-to-back layups by Mullins and Jasmine Evans gave the Crimson a 43-24 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Crimson did not cool down after the break, ripping off seven of the first eight points over a three minute span to open the second half. The run doubled the score, 50-25, with 17:04 to play. Harvard swelled its lead to 31 when Shilpa Tummala hit a corner three with 9:55 to play. Ahead 64-33, the Crimson cruised for the remainder of the contest, never allowing the lead to drop below 28 points.
Harvard wraps up its three-game homestand against Florida International University on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: With 21 points, Christine Clark sits at No. 8 all-time on the Harvard scoring list with 1,338 career points. The senior scored in double-figures for the 76th time in her career and third time this season. She has scored 20-plus in 16 contests. Harvard has shot .444 or better from the field in each of its four games this season, including a .458 mark today. Harvard has also scored 75-plus points in each game this season, averaging 79.5. Melissa Mullins paced the squad in rebounding for the fourth-straight game (10). Harvard went with the starting lineup of Curtis, Clark, Mullins, Fagbenle and McDonnell for the fourth-straight game.