CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –Victoria Lippert scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Harvard University women's basketball team to Wednesday night's 63-44 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Lavietes Basketball Pavilion.
UNH is 3-2 overall while Harvard, with its third consecutive victory vs. the Wildcats, improves to 5-2.
Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) recorded team highs in points (10), rebounds (six) and assists (four) for the 'Cats, who shot 34.0% from the floor and were outrebounded 43-27, including 18-9 on the offensive glass. UNH had outrebounded the opposition each of its first four games.
Lippert netted 17 second-half points and Christine Clark chipped in with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds). The Crimson shot 38.6% from the floor, including 38.9% (7-for-18) from 3-point range, and made 12 of 13 foul shots.
UNH opened the game with consecutive baskets by Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine; nine points) to take a 4-0 lead, but Harvard responded with a 9-0 run, including five straight points from Temi Fagbenle, to build a 9-4 advantage at 15:16. Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) ended that spurt with a jumper at 14:23 and that sparked an 8-2 Wildcats' run that gave the visitors a 12-11 lead on another Frame bucket at 11:57.
That advantage was short-lived, however, as Erin McDonnell hit a basket at the other end of the court on the next Harvard possession and Christine Clark followed with a 3-pointer to give the Crimson at 16-12 edge at 10:37. The home team led the rest of the game.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) made the score 16-14 at 7:50, but the 'Cats were held scoreless for nearly six minutes until Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) buried a 3-pointer at 2:00 to lift New Hampshire within 23-17. UNH made a defensive stop and then Reed's layup in transition made it a four-point game at 1:30.
Lippert's field goal closed the first-half scoring to give Harvard a 25-19 lead at halftime.
Ali Curtis and Lippert opened the second half with consecutive 3-pointers to extend the advantage to 31-19 and the lead remained double digits the rest of the way. The 'Cats got as close as 10 points at 31-21 (at 18:16) and 35-35 (16:47).
Harvard scored the next six points to build a 16-point cushion and the home team led by as many as 22 points, 59-37, when Emma Golen hit a 3-pointer at 4:59.
The 44 points marked UNH's lowest scoring output in 27 lifetime meetings against Harvard. The previous low of 45 points occurred Nov. 28, 2000 (54-45 road loss).
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 1-2 at the Brown Classic and UNH tips off against Quinnipiac on Saturday's opening day at 4 p.m. The Wildcats will face either Brown University or Rider University on Sunday. UNH's next home game is Dec. 5 (5:30 p.m.) against intrastate rival Dartmouth College as part of a women's and men's doubleheader at Lundholm Gym.