Crimson women keep rolling
The Harvard women’s basketball team pounded Alcorn State, 78-55, in the first round of the Best Buy Classic in Minneapolis. It was the Crimson’s third straight win and fourth in their last five.
The Crimson (4-4) shot 50 percent (26 of 52) from the field for the first time this season and four players scored in double figures, led by Brogan Berry’s 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. The senior guard shot 4 of 5 from the field and 10 of 12 at the line.
Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert each netted 16 points, and Emma Golen added 11. Miriam Rutzen grabbed 10 rebounds and Lippert added nine to help Harvard to a 44-28 advantage on the glass.
Harvard also hit 19 of 21 from the free throw line, including 16 of 16 in the second half. Clark was 8 of 8 at the line and has made 28 straight from the charity stripe.
The Lady Braves (0-6) briefly tied the score at 7, but an Emma Golen three from the right wing began a 21-3 Harvard run, giving the Crimson a 28-10 advantage.
The Lady Braves used a 9-2 run at the end of the half to send the teams into the locker room with Harvard in the lead, 34-26.
Berry hit a 3-pointer and a spinning drive on consecutive possessions, and made it a 20-point game, 55-35, on a pair of free throws with 12:47 to play.
Alcorn State cut the lead to 7 with 7:29 left, but Christine Clark scored 6 straight points to make it 64-51.
UConn 70, Seton Hall 37 - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Tiffany Hayes, and Caroline Doty had 15 points each to lead the No. 2 Huskies (9-0) to a rout of the host Pirates (5-5) in the Big East opener for both teams. It was the first road game of the season for the Huskies, who have won 56 straight Big East regular-season games.
Providence 66, UMass 45 - Teya Wright led the visiting Friars (5-5) with her ninth double-double of the season, totaling 17 points and 11 boards. Shakia Robinson (15 points), Emilie Teuscher (12), and Jasmine Watson (11) shot a combined 15 for 29 for the Minutewomen (1-8).
UNH 57, Manhattan 42 - Denise Beliveau registered 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Wildcats (4-4) won their first home game of the season, beating the Jaspers (2-6).
Florida 90, Rider 69 - Kenny Boynton scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half and the No. 12 Gators (7-2) had four players in double figures in a win over the Broncs (1-9) in Jacksonville, Fla.
Holy Cross 71, Sacred Heart 60 - Devin Brown’s 22 points propelled the Crusaders (4-6) past the Pioneers (5-6) in a nonconference game.
Bentley 4, UConn 2 - Jared Rickord scored the winner 4:43 into the third period to give the visiting Falcons (5-8-3, 5-3-2 Atlantic) the victory over the Huskies (5-9-2, 4-6-1). Branden Komm had 25 saves for the win.
Quinnipiac 6, Sacred Heart 1 - Jeremy Langlois scored twice and Loren Barron picked up a goal and two assists as the host Bobcats (10-6-3) rolled over the Pioneers (1-15-1).
BC 4, Mercyhurst 2 - Caitlin Walsh, Danielle Welch, Ashley Motherwell, and Alex Carpenter scored for the fourth-ranked Eagles (13-4-1) as they knocked off the No. 6 Lakers (11-4-0) at Conte Forum. Corinne Boyle had a season-high 43 saves to hold off the nation’s second-ranked offense.
Harvard 5, UNH 2 - Samantha Reber scored twice, including the winner 5:52 into the second period, and Laura Bellamy had 17 saves as the host Crimson (8-4-0) knocked off the Wildcats (6-11-3).
Charlotte 1, Creighton 0 - Unseeded Charlotte (17-4-3) beat second-seeded Creighton (21-3) in penalty kicks to advance to the NCAA Division 1 final for the first time in Hoover, Ala.
North Carolina 3, UCLA 2 - The top-seeded Tar Heels defeated the Bruins, 3-1, on penalty kicks at Hoover, Ala., to advance to tomorrow’s final.
UCLA 3, Penn State 0 - Rachael Kidder had 15 kills and the Bruins (27-6) swept the four-time defending national champion Nittany Lions (25-8) in the NCAA Division 1 regional semifinals in Lexington, Ky., to end Penn State’s record 26-game postseason winning streak.