Women's Basketball Outlasted By Harvard, 91-71

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard Crimson registered four players in double figures on Friday night en route to a 91-71 victory over the Brown women's basketball team at the Pizzitola Sports Center.  The Bears fall to 7-12 (1-4 Ivy) on the season while Harvard stays atop the Ivy League standings at 14-5 (4-1 Ivy). 

Christine Clark (19 points), Metoyer (17 points), Temi Fagbenle (14 points), and Jasmine Evans (10 points) paced the Crimson on Friday.

Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the Bears with 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field while Jordin Juker (Boise, Idaho) deposited a career-high 10 points in just 12 minutes of action on Friday.  Prior to the game, Clarke was recognized for being Brown's all-time leader in three-point field goals made, she currently sits at 186 career treys.

 

Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ont.) provided another strong performance for the Bears as she tallied six points, seven rebounds, and three steals while shooting 3-of-5 from the field.  Junior Nelly Weledji (Overland Park, Kan.) notched five points and a career-high six assists as she recorded her highest point total since netting seven points at Columbia on February 15, 2013.

 

Brown also got 14 points from the nation's leader in three-point field goal percentage, Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.), as she hit on 3-of-6 attempts from long range.

 

The Crimson opened the first 20 minutes with a sizzling 19-of-25 (.760) shooting performance, putting the Bears into a 12-0 hole right out of the gate on Friday.  Jessica Eason (Mansfield, Mass.) got the Bears on the board at the 16:12 mark but Harvard answered with seven straight points to stake themselves to a 19-2 lead.

 

Despite connecting on five treys in the first half, Brown couldn't cut the deficit to under 10 as the Crimson extended its lead to 22 points on Shilpa Tummala's jumper with 1:14 to play.

 

The Crimson achieved its largest lead of the game at 31 points on Kit Metoyer's trey with 7:52 to play.  Brown found more success in the second half, shooting 46.4-percent from the field and playing the Crimson to a 38-38 draw in the final 20 minutes of play.

 

Brown returns to action against Dartmouth (3-16, 0-5 Ivy) on Saturday for the Play4Kay game at 6 p.m.