Barnard's basketball team isn't taking advantage of one of its greatest natural resources, the training grounds of New York's inner-city hoop courts, and it showed last night, when the Crimson women drubbed the Lions 74-29 in front of a lively hometown crowd.
The win was the Cager's fourth in a row, raising their record to 6-8 for the year.
There was never any question of the outcome in last night's game as the hoopsters drove to an early ten--point lead, widened the margin to 20 points before intermission, and broke loose in a wild second half, leaving a disheartened Barnard squad far back in the dust.
Harvard's offense hummed along with a fast-break play, eluding Barnard's poorly-constructed man-to-man defense with ease and showering a steady stream of baskets through the home twine.
"We ran our fast break really well tonight," freshman guard Kate Martin said. "They were a good team to try it against, and once we built up a big lead we could use the fast break over and over again."
The alert cagers lunged, jumped, and blocked for 26 steals and 47 rebounds, but undermined their carefully executed set-ups and fast breaks with haphazard shooting.
Freshman guard Ann Scannel intimidated the opposition's offense, spoonfed her teammates under the basket, and crashed into the Barnard bench to retrieve loose balls.
Sophomore Dana Warren, a forward who has seen little action thus far, swished in a smooth reverse lay-up with aplomb, sending the Harvard fans into a tizzy.
The victory was especially important to the morale of this newly confident cagers, who will face a tough Boston College squad today.
After two disappointing losses to Dartmouth and Penn earlier this season, the win over Barnard will grant Harvard a better seeding in the upcoming Ivy tournament this March.
"We really needed this one." Scannel said, adding, "Who wants to be 0 and 3 in the Ivies?"
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