TEMPE, Ariz. – Behind 22 points and 11 rebounds from junior forward Temi Fagbenle, Harvard women's basketball (7-3) bested Sacred Heart, 74-63, in the second game of the ASU Classic Sunday afternoon.
For the second-straight year, the Crimson is off to a 7-3 start, matching the second-best start through 10 games in program history. Fagbenle led a charge of four players in double-figures and two with 10-plus rebounds. Senior guard Jasmine Evans registered her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Harvard had two players with double-doubles for the first time since March 2, 2012.
The Pioneers were paced by Gabrielle Washington (22 points), but the Crimson was able to hold her to 7-of-21 shooting.
Sacred Heart grabbed an early 7-0 lead, as Harvard struggled to connect from the floor, missing its first seven shots. The Crimson posted the next eight points to pull ahead, 8-7, at the 14:52 mark. McDonnell connected on a three from the wing to give Harvard the slight advantage.
Tied at 14-14, the two squads would trade baskets over the next five minutes, as the lead would change hands four times. A triple from the corner by McDonnell started an eight-point Harvard run, giving the Crimson a nine-point advantage with just over three minutes before the break. Harvard took a 34-29 lead into the locker room.
The Crimson scored nine of the first 10 points in the second half to stretch its lead to 11, 43-32, with 15:58 to play. Back-to-back treys by Kit Metoyer and Evans extended the Crimson's advantage to 17, 55-38, at the 9:14 mark. Five minutes later, AnnMarie Healy completed a three-point play to give Harvard its largest lead of the game, 65-46.
A 7-0 outburst by Sacred Heart made things interesting with 1:56 left, but Harvard hit its free throws down the stretch and closed out the game with an 11-point win.
Harvard will have a nearly two-week break from competition before hosting Hofstra Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, who are schedule to play Vermont at 4 p.m.
Game Notes: For the second-straight year, the Crimson is off to a 7-3 start, matching the second-best start through 10 games in program history. Harvard had two players with double-doubles for the first time since March 2, 2012 (Elle Hagedorn and Victoria Lippert vs. Columbia). Four players scored 10-plus for the second time this season (St. John's 12/1). Temi Fagbenle posted her 11th career double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds), second-straight and fourth of the season. The junior posted the fourth 20-plus point performance of her career and second this season. Fagbenle has scored double-figures 27 times in her career. Erin McDonnell scored in double-digits (17) for the sixth time this season and fourth time over the last five games. Jasmine Evans notched her first career double-double with 10 points and a career high 13 rebounds. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Curtis, Evans, Mullins, Fagbenle and McDonnell for the second-straight game.
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