BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Niki Finelli scored a career-high 22
points, and added nine rebounds and five assists as Harvard
defeated San Jose State 83-62 in the third place game of the Contra
Costa Times Classic Sunday.
Emily Tay and Christiana Lackner both had double-doubles for the
Crimson (1-6) -- Tay with 13 points and 10 assists, and Lackner with
12 points and 10 rebounds.All five starters were in double figures for Harvard, as Katie
Rollins had 14 points and Lindsay Hallion added 13.Brittany Helms topped the Spartans (0-8) with 17 points and six
rebounds. San Jose State's program, already dealing with head coach
Janice Richard's battle with breast cancer, was rocked Friday when
interim coach Greg Lockridge was placed on paid administrative
leave.The San Jose Mercury News reported Friday that Lockridge was
being investigated for inappropriately addressing his team.
Lockridge denied the allegations.Derrick Allen, previously an assistant to men's coach George
Nessman, is the new interim coach.Harvard took full advantage of the Spartans' disarray, jumping
off to a 6-0 lead and then steadily extending it. It was 45-27 at
half and San Jose State never mustered any kind of a threat.Harvard had lost by eight points or more in each of its first
six games. The battle of the beatens -- both teams were winless
coming in -- matched two schools in the seventh percentile of RPI,
according to Jerry Palm's CollegeRPI.com.Harvard was 313th and San Jose State was 332nd.