CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Harvard University [14-8, 6-2] women’s basketball team earned an important win against Cornell University [5-18,2-7] on Friday, 73-68, as well as swept the season series too.
“We knew [Cornell would] be scrappy. They played Princeton real tough last weekend [and] they didn’t narrow the margin quite as much, [but] they basically were with them and they had the lead for a lot of the game, so they’re young, they’re scrappy, they’re playing for pride and that’s what we saw tonight,” said Harvard head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Harvard secured an early lead during the opening minutes and kept it for the remainder of the game.
The Crimson relied heavily upon Brogan Barry and Emma Markley, who combined for 26-points. Barry led the squad with 8-assists while Markley finished the game with 11-rebounds.
The Big Red at times did take advantage of the Crimon’s mistakes on defense, which allowed Cornell to keep pace with Harvard for the entire 40-minutes.
“I wasn’t unhappy with the defense a lot of the time. A few times we didn’t have our hands up, but most of the time you’ve got to credit Cornell for just chucking [up shots],” said Delaney-Smith.
Cornell did attempt a late comeback during the final few minutes, but were unsuccessful and extended their current losing streak to six games. The Big Red haven’t won a contest since January 28, when they defeated Dartmouth College.
With the win, Harvard remains in second place behind Princeton University [18-4, 7-1] in the Ivy League standings and will look to earn another victory on Saturday, as they host Columbia University [5-18, 4-5] at 6pm at Lavietes Pavilion.
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