CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard offense was on a roll heading into the Crimson's game against the Yale women's basketball team Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion, and it showed. Having scored at least 71 and as many as 98 points in each of its last three games, the Crimson kept that trend going at Yale's expense, taking down the Bulldogs 83-69.
The teams were coming into the game off dramatically different Friday nights. While Harvard (14-9, 7-3 Ivy) cruised past Brown 98-55, Yale (15-10, 5-5 Ivy League) battled Dartmouth to the end before falling 56-54 on a buzzer-beater by the Big Green. The Crimson took control of this game early, building a 10 point lead (24-14) after the first quarter and expanding that lead to 25 (52-27) at halftime. Harvard shot a blistering 52.8% in the half, and was even better from three-point territory (54.5%). Yale hurt itself with 11 turnovers, which led to 19 Harvard points.
Yale got a scare with 5:13 left in the third when junior guard Roxy Barahman, the team's leading scorer, collided with multiple Harvard players on a drive and hit the floor hard. She remained down for several moments and eventually came out of the game, but wound up going back in at 4:02.
A layup by senior forward Alexandra Maund capped the third for Yale -- part of an 11 point night for the Massachusetts native -- but the Bulldogs still trailed 66-49.
Yale outscored Harvard 20-17 in the fourth but got no closer than within 12. Sophomore guard Tori Andrew finished with a team-high 23 points, shooting 5-for-7 from three. Barahman added 21. Maund led Yale in rebounds with nine, helping the Bulldogs outrebound the Crimson 43-31.
The loss drops Yale into a tie with Dartmouth for fourth in the Ivy League standings. The Bulldogs travel to Cornell next Friday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity
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