Cambridge, MA- The Brown women's basketball team came up short tonight, falling to Harvard University 72-59 at Lavietes Pavilion. Sophomore guard Victoria Lippert lit up for 20 points to improve the Crimson to 16-8 overall and 8-2 in the Ivy League. Sophomore guard Lindsay Nickel knocked in 15 points to lead the Bears offense, as Brown dropped to 7-16 overall and 3-8 in league play.
The squads traded buckets over the first five minutes of the half as the Bears gained a 7-6 lead at the 15:38 media timeout. Harvard's Christy Clarke then made the next two baskets to give the Crimson a 10-7 edge, but Sheila Dixon knocked in a long trey to even the score at the 12:24 mark.
The Crimson went off in the next 3:39 going on a 19-2 run, which included a five-of-five performance from the three and 11 points from Victoria Lippert.
But the Bears buckled down on defense and came alive on offense and went on a 20-6 run of their own over a span of 6:17. Junior forward Aileen Daniels sparked the offense with a jumper in the paint, as Dixon and Nickel knocked in three's to cut Brown's deficit to seven with 5:14 on the clock. Then, Sophie Beutel drained in a jumper in the paint over two Harvard defenders to place the score at 31-26 with 3:43 on the clock.
The Bears continued to chip away at their deficit as Nickel connected on her second trey of the game to bring Bruno within one with 59 seconds left in the half. Neither team scored in the final minute of play, as Harvard headed into the locker room at half with a 35-34 lead.
Harvard came out ready after the intermission and outscored Brown 15-6 in the first seven minutes of play to gain a 50-40 advantage at the 13:30 mark. Aileen Daniels hit a jumper and converted the free throw after the foul, and Nickel hit her fourth to bring the Bears within four points of the Crimson.
The Crimson gained a 62-51 lead with 4:56 remaining in the game after a three by sophomore guard Elle Hagdorn, and continued to push ahead eventually earning the win to split the series.
The Bears finished the game shooting 46 percent from the field (21-of-46) and went 47 percent from beyond the arc. Nickel led the Brown attack with 15 points and five rebounds, while both Lauren Clarke and Sheila Dixon added 11 points apiece.
Lippert's 22 points was a Harvard high, as Christine Clark added 12 points and Brogan Berry chipped in with 11. Harvard was 37 percent from the floor (23-62) and 39 percent from the three.
The Bears will now head to Hanover, New Hampshire to take on the Dartmouth Big Green at 7 p.m. tomorrow.