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UND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Team out-Smarts Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The new year has been good to the UND women's basketball team. UND improved to 3-1 in 2012 after holding off Harvard 60-57 in Lavietes Pavilion on Tuesday night. Nicole Smart led the way with 12 points, while Brianna Williams ...

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The new year has been good to the UND women's basketball team.

UND improved to 3-1 in 2012 after holding off Harvard 60-57 in Lavietes Pavilion on Tuesday night.

Nicole Smart led the way with 12 points, while Brianna Williams and Megan Lauck added 11 each. Charnay Mothershed chipped in 10 for UND, which improved to 9-9 on the season. Williams also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.

Victoria Lippert led Harvard with 15 points. The Crimson dropped to 8-7.

UND won despite playing without Madi Buck, who leads the team averaging 11.6 points per game.

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"This is a huge step forward for us," UND coach Gene Roebuck said. "We won a game without Madi on the floor because our players stepped up. They worked very hard and they played very hard. I'm proud of the way that we played and now it is on to the conference."

UND used a 7-2 run at the end of the first half to open up a seven-point edge at halftime thanks to a pair of baskets and a free throw by Williams.

UND led by as many as 11 in the second half when Lauck hit a jumper with 13:14 to go. But the Crimson made a charge behind Lippert, who made six of eight field goals, including three 3-pointers.

Brogan Berry's layup with 11 seconds left made it 60-57 UND. Berry then fouled Mothershed, who missed a free throw to give the Crimson a shot to tie it. Christine Clark's three-pointer was off the mark, though.

UND shot 50 percent from the floor in the game compared to Harvard's 40 percent.

Next up for UND is the Great West Conference season. UND's next seven games are conference contests. The only nonconference game remaining on the schedule is a home tilt against Mayville State on Feb. 14.

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