CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Harvard University women used an early nine-point run to seize momentum in a game they would lead throughout en route to a 72-56 victory over the University of Maine Tuesday night.
Forward Samantha Wheeler led the 1-1 Black Bears with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Crimson freshman Victoria Lippert hit 10 of 12 shots from the field overall and 4-of-5 from 3-point range before finishing with 24 points and three steals in 24 minutes for the 2-0 Ivy League team.
Jasmine Rush and Brittany Williams each scored nine points off the bench for Maine. Amanda Tewksbury had eight points and seven rebounds. Katelyn Vanderhoff had seven points, six rebounds and three assists.
After falling behind 14-4 in the first six minutes, Maine would cut the lead to seven points in the first half, but the Crimson went into halftime ahead 33-20 after shooting 53.8 percent (7-for-13) from 3-point range. Harvard would never lead by less than 14 in the second half.
The Bears outrebounded Harvard 44-33 overall and 22-11 on the offensive boards while outscoring the Crimson 11-4 in second-chance points, but Harvard held a big shooting advantage — 45.9 to 32.8 percent from the field in the game — after canning 17 of 30 (56.7 percent) field goals in the second half.
Claire Wheeler scored 15 points off Harvard’s bench and Brogan Berry dished out a game-high nine assists while committing just one of Harvard’s 16 turnovers.
Hartford 62, Louisville 50
At Hartford, Conn., Erica Beverly had 14 points and 11 rebounds to help Hartford upset No. 23 Louisville.
Ilicia Mathis and Diana Delva also scored 14 points for the Hawks (2-0), who have knocked off a ranked opponent for the fifth straight season.
Louisville, which reached the national championship game last season, was sloppy throughout. The Cardinals had 25 turnovers and made just one 3-pointer in 10 tries.
Hartford went on an 11-0 run early in the contest to take a 13-4 lead and Louisville got no closer than seven points the rest of the game. Hartford was up 32-20 at the half and extended it to 41-24 6 minutes into the second half on a short jumper by Beverly.
Louisville scored the next six points, but Mathis followed with a 3-pointer and Harford held a double-digit lead the rest of the game.
Becky Burke led Louisville with 15 points.