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Women’s basketball roundup: Harvard tops Cornell

Senior guard Jasmine Evans scored a career-high 21 points and Christine Clark added 20 to move into fifth place on Harvard’s all-time scoring list, and the Crimson did what they always seem to do at Lavietes Pavilion: win.

Harvard (17-5, 7-1) pulled away from Cornell, 84-69, Saturday night to win for the 21st straight time on its home court and maintain its place atop the Ivy League standings. Stephanie Long led Cornell (12-10, 4-4) with 17 points.

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The Crimson ripped off a 15-4 run that spanned both halves to take control. Clark’s 20-point outing gave her 1,583 points, 1 better than Erin Maher (Class of ’93) on the scoring list. Next up is Tammy Butler (1995), who finished with 1,605.

The 7-1 start in Ivy League play is the program’s best since the 2006-07 squad went 13-1. Harvard remains a half-game better than Penn and Princeton, whom the Crimson host next weekend.

Holy Cross 76, Lehigh 68 — Raquel Scott scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Crusaders (16-9, 8-6 Patriot) pulled away to beat the Mountain Hawks (11-13, 4-9) in Worcester.

BU 74, Loyola (Md.) 55 — Danielle Callahan hit six 3-pointers on her way to a 20-point performance, leading the Terriers (11-16, 6-8 Patriot) past the visiting Greyhounds (5-20, 2-12) for their third straight win.

George Washington 78, UMass 54 — Kim Pierre-Lewis scored 14 points and Kiara Bomben added 13 but the Minutewomen (3-23, 0-12 Atlantic 10) suffered their 16th straight loss when the host Colonials (18-8, 9-4) pulled away in the second half.

Penn 78, Brown 51 — Alyssa Baron scored 22 points and the host Quakers (16-5, 6-1 Ivy) built a 28-point halftime lead and coasted past the Bears (8-14, 2-6), who were led by Lauren Clarke’s 14 points.

Princeton 96, Yale 75 — Blake Dietrick scored 28 points and the Tigers (15-6, 6-1 Ivy) raced out a 16-point halftime edge and cruised past the visiting Bulldogs (10-12, 4-4). Sarah Halejian led Yale with 17 points and seven assists.

Columbia 65, Dartmouth 59 — Lakin Roland scored 22 points and Nicola Zimmer added 20 — both career highs — but the Lions (5-17, 2-6 Ivy) held off the Big Green (3-19, 0-8) in Hanover, N.H.

Creighton 85, Providence 64 — Alexis Harris led five players in double figures with 13 points but the host Bluejays (15-10, 9-4 Big East) broke the game open in the second half to beat the Friars (6-19, 1-13), who dropped their ninth straight.

VCU 70, Rhode Island 44 — Samantha Tabakman had 17 points and seven rebounds but the host Rams (7-18, 2-10 Atlantic 10) were no match for Virginia Commonwealth (18-7, 6-6).

Stony Brook 79, UMass-Lowell 68 — Junior guard Shannon Samuels scored a career-high 35 points for the River Hawks (5-19, 4-9 America East) in their regular-season home finale but the Seawolves (18-7, 9-3) erased a 2-point halftime deficit and prevailed.

Bryant 81, Fairleigh Dickinson 51 — Naana Ankoma-Mensa scored 16 points and Courtney Schissler added 15 as the Bulldogs (13-11, 8-5 Northeast) blew past the host Knights (2-22, 1-12).

Robert Morris 66, Central Conn. 49 — Ten players scored for the Blue Devils (9-14, 3-10 Northeast) but none hit double figures in a loss to the host Colonials (15-9, 11-2). Johnna Fisher (9 points) and Kayla Miller (8) came off the bench to lead Central Connecticut, which sank 18 of 60 shots (30 percent), including 1 of 13 3-pointers.

Mount St. Mary’s 76, Sacred Heart 63 — The visiting Mountaineers (14-11, 9-4 Northeast) dealt the Pioneers (10-14, 7-6) their fourth loss in a row. Gabrielle Washington scored 18 points for Sacred Heart.

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