Women's Basketball Falls to Harvard in Season Finale, 87-67
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A sizzling shooting performance from the Harvard Crimson (21-7, 11-3) in the first half left the Brown women's basketball team with no margin for error in an 87-67 Harvard victory at Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday night. The Bears conclude the 2013-14 campaign at 10-18, 4-10 in Ivy play while the Crimson improves to 21-7, 11-3 in Ivy play.
Brown got 34 points combined from its senior class, Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordin Juker (Boise, Idaho), Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ont.), Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.), and Jessica Eason (Mansfield, Mass.), all played in their final games on Saturday.
Clarke finishes her career seventh on Brown's all-time scoring with 1,304 points while teammate Sophie Beutel set the Brown single-season field goal percentage record, connecting on 57-of-94 attempts from the field this season (.606).
Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) chipped in 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists for the Bears.
After two quick buckets from senior Jordan Juker, the Crimson responded with a 17-3 run to open an 11-point cushion. Similar to their February 7 meeting, the Crimson came out firing as they shot 67-percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play.
In Harvard's visit to the Pizzitola Sports Center last month, the Crimson connected on 19-of-25 (.760) field goals in the opening half en route to a 91-71 win on February 7.
A balanced attack paced the Crimson in the first half as eight players recorded a field goal, led by Temi Fagbenle and Jasmine Evans' eight points each. Brown couldn't find its range in the opening half as they connected on just 1-of-8 attempts from long distance. Newton, Massachusetts native, Sophie Bikofsky, led Brown with eight points and two steals in the early going, finishing with a team-high 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field.
Any thoughts of a Brown comeback were erased after a 10-2 run by the Crimson to open the half extended its lead to 53-26. Despite the deficit, Brown battled in the second half, as Harvard just held a 44-43 edge in the final 20 minutes.
Clarke and Bikofsky each did their damage in the second half, combining for 22 points while Clarke registered a career-high two blocks.
Christine Clark led the Crimson with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field as Harvard finished the game 55.2% from the field overall.