CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ten Lions scored, led by 10 points from first-year Carolyn Gallagher, but Harvard shot 58 percent from field to capture a 99-64 victory Friday Night at Lavietes Pavilion.
The 10 points matched Gallagher’s career-high and marks the second straight game she reached double figures.
The Crimson took control of the action early, building an 11-0 lead through the first six minutes. Gallagher snapped the Lions’ scoreless drought with a triple from straight away at 13:59. The New York City native would score again with a lay-in at the 12:42 mark, but the Harvard offense continued to put up points.
Trailing 19-5, the Lions scored the next six points on triples from junior Miwa Tachibana and senior Taylor Ward to cut the deficit to eight. Harvard regained control of the contest though, putting together a 21-2 run over the next 5:26. The Crimson used an extended zone to cut off passing lanes, forcing a number of long jumpers from the Lions.
Tachibana and Talkov would put together another 6-0 spurt for Columbia late in the half, each draining a shot from 3-point range, but Harvard would take a 48-22 advantage into the intermission. Columbia shot 40 percent from long range, but the Crimson knocked down 7-of-10 long range attempts and shot 68 percent from the field overall in the first stanza.
First-year Tori Oliver scored the first points of the second half, but Harvard picked up where is left with Christine Clark and Elise Gordon both scoring for close range. The scoring continued to come for the first-years for the Lions, with Devon Roeper, Ara Talkov and Binder all scoring over the next few minutes.
Kayla Patton and Campbell Mobley both entered the game just after the 14 minute mark, scoring within a minute of each other. Sophomore Sara Mead and Oliver followed Patton’s bucket with makes from downtown, capping a 10-1 run in the Lions’ favor. Columbia’s run would get them within 27 points of the Crimson, 67-40, the closest they would get the rest of the way.
Columbia would finish the game off hitting on 10-of-23 3-pointers, but just 33 percent overall from the field. Harvard cooled off only slightly in the second half, shooting 58 percent for the game and 8-of-14 from long range.
The Lions will look to bounce back tomorrow night in Hanover, N.H. when they take on Dartmouth at 7 p.m.