Harvard Defeats Bears, 81-57

March 6, 2009

Box Score

Cambridge, MA - Emma Markley's 19 points helped lead the Harvard women's basketball team (18-8, 10-2 Ivy) to a 81-57 victory over the Brown University Bears (3-24, 1-12 Ivy) at Lavietes Pavilion on Friday evening. Sophomore guard Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) has led the Bears in scoring for the third consecutive game with 10 points, as Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) added 10 as well.

The Crimson jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes of play, but sophomore guard Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA) answered with a three pointer and sophomore forward Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA) put in a free throw to put the score at 9-6 with 16:36 on the clock. But Harvard went on a 17-8 run which included six consecutive points from point guard Emily Tay, to take a 26-14 lead at the 7:27 mark.

Junior Courtney Lee (Archer, FL) put in a fast break lay-up and Johnson picked up a steal and nailed a jumper to come within eight, but Harvard increased its lead back up to 12 with 3:58 left to play. Brown made a bit of a run that was started by two free throws by Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA), and Williams added to it scoring the next four points to put the score at 30-24. Delk brought it even closer with two freethrows, but Emily Tay added a jumper at the other end to head into the locker room with a 32-26 lead.

Grace started the second half off with a three to cut Brown's deficit to three, but Harvard went on a 12-0 run in the next three minutes to extend its lead to 44-29 at the 15:35 mark. Harvard continued to build its lead with the help of Claire Wheeler and Emily Markley, who combined for 10 points in the next seven minutes to put the score at 60-44 with 7:10 remaining in the game.

The Bears went 18-23 from the charity stripe, but shot just 27 percent in the second half. Harvard out-rebounded the Bears 47-28, and scored 40 of its points in the paint. Markley led the scoring with 19 points, followed by Tay with 14, Brogan Berry with 13 and Katie Rollins added 12. Following Williams' and Johnson's 10 points was Grace with nine. Lee pulled down a team-high six rebounds and handed out a five assists.

The Bears will end its season when they take on first-place Dartmouth tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.