It was a three-point shooting clinic yesterday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion, as the Harvard women’s basketball team used its deadly range to take down a helpless NJIT squad.
The Crimson (7-6) matched its season-high 14 three-pointers—last achieved against Maine in the first game of the campaign—and shot 51.9 percent from beyond the arc to frustrate the Highlanders (3-10).
The final score, 76-64, suggests that the game was much closer than it actually was. At one point Harvard led by as many as 25 points, allowing coach Kathy Delaney-Smith to give almost the entire roster minutes on the court.
“We were not the underdogs,” Delaney-Smith said, “but we needed to have a better defensive effort at times. The start of the game and most of the first half I was pretty pleased with, but I thought we needed to get out to some of the threes a little more.”
NJIT also reached double digits in three-pointers made, hitting 10-of-29—six of which came in the second half. But it was all Harvard in the first period, led by point guard Brogan Berry.
The junior scored the first basket of the game, grabbing an offensive rebound and quickly putting the ball back up into the hoop. Berry spearheaded a confident Crimson squad, posting 16 points and adding five rebounds and six assists.
The visitors never got close after that basket. After a fruitless Highlander possession, Harvard sophomore Miriam Rutzen found senior Emma Markley inside for the easy layup.
NJIT once again failed to score, and co-captain Christine Matera punished the Highlanders with a shot from downtown. NJIT coach Margaret McKeon had seen enough and called for a timeout.
The visitors still had no luck with their shots, and soon the ball was once again in the hands of Berry, who passed to Rutzen at the top of the arc for an open three, extending the lead to 10-0.
The Highlanders kept having troubles from close range, unable to make shots off the backboard. After two wasted NJIT possessions, freshman guard Christine Clark drained another three in the face of a defender.
Trailing by 13 with 14:52 left in the half, the Highlanders called for another respite.
“We had a really good game today,” Berry said. “After a tough loss to BC and putting a great effort there, we wanted to carry that effort and teamwork over. We really executed early in the game and got up early. Everybody came in to play, and it was a great team effort.”
Right out of the timeout, guard Jessica Gerald hit a trey for NJIT's first points of the contest. The senior guard was the game’s scoring leader, finishing with 25 points on 9-for-19 shooting.
But the Crimson kept lighting up the scoreboard, especially after sophomore Victoria Lippert came into the game. Lippert opened up her scoring with a shot from downtown, and on the following possession, she found sophomore guard Jasmine Evans for another three-pointer.
Harvard made 10 shots from beyond the arc in the first half, three of which came from Berry.
Crimson Still Without Victory in Division PlayThe Crimson (8-13, 0-7 EVIA) lost in two divisional matchups at New York University (18-8, 5-3) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (7-19, 1-6).
Harvard To Close Season At HomeHarvard will try to end its skid in its final game of the season against the New Jersey Institute of Technology (7-19, 1-6) at the Malkin Athletic Center tomorrow afternoon.
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