Rhody Edged Out By Harvard, 63-56

Rhody Edged Out By Harvard, 63-56

Rhody Starters:
Boone, Cloutier, Thomas, Straumann, Gaspar

Harvard Starters:
Curtis, Golen, Fagbenle, Littert, Clark

Rhody Leaders:
Points: Thomas (15)
Rebounds: Johnson (8)
Assists: Whittaker (5)
Steals: Cloutier (2)
Blocked Shots: Thomas (1)
Minutes Played: Thomas (33)

Harvard Leaders:
Points: Clark (21)
Rebounds: Fagbenle (10)
Assists: Hagedorn (4)
Steals: Hagedorn (3)
Blocked Shots: Fagbenle, Lippert (1)
Minutes Played: Clark (35)

How it Happened:

Harvard jumped out to an 11-point lead (15-4) over the first five minutes but Rhody used a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to four (15-11) with 12:45 left to play in the first half. Neither team could get much going over the next six minutes as the only points scored were three by Harvard to increase its advantage to 18-11. The Crimson remained on top through the rest of the half, taking a 28-23 into the break.

Rhode Island returned to the court and stormed back with an 11-3 push to move in front 34-31 after three minutes of play. The Rams and Crimson traded baskets - as well as the lead - over the next 10 minutes with neither team pulling ahead by more than four points. With the score tied 46-46, Harvard's Victoria Lippert hit a three-pointer that put Harvard on top for good with 4:14 left to play.

Inside the Box Score:

  • With the loss, Rhode Island wraps up its non-conference slate with a 5-10 record. Harvard, meanwhile, improves to 9-5.
  • As a team, Harvard shot 42.9-percent from the field and hit 5-of-10 attempts from the perimeter. 
  • The Crimson also held a 39-33 rebounding advantage.
  • The game featured eight lead changes - all of which came in the second half. 
  • Rhode Island scored 17 points off Harvard's 18 turnovers. 
  • Freshman Brianna Thomas led Rhode Island with a career-high 15 points while classmate Tati Johnson recorded a team- and career-best eight rebounds.
  • Megan Straumann also scored in double figures for the Rams, finishing with 10 points.
  • Christine Clark (21) and Victoria Lippert (11) led Harvard in scoring while Temi Fanbenle nearly double-doubled with 10p/9r.
  • For the second game in a row, URI's top two scorers - freshmen Tayra Melendez (10.6 ppg) and Samantha Tabakman (9.1 ppg) - both missed the game with injuries.

What's Next:
The Rams travel to Philadelphia to open up Atlantic 10 play at La Salle on Jan. 12.Rhody is 2-13 all-time against the Explorers, with the Rams' last win coming in Philly, on Jan. 27, 2009.