Photo of Emma Markley courtesy of DSPICS.com.
Harvard opens the 2009-10 season at home against Boston College. It’s the first time Harvard will play its first contest of the season at home since the 2002-03 season when the Crimson opened up against Syracuse.
Keep Track at Home
Harvard will once again provide a live broadcast and live statistics for all home games. A season pass is available for an audio and video broadcast of the game through stretch network. Click on the link above for more details. Live stats are available free of charge at GoCrimson.com.
Harvard and Season Openers
The Crimson looks to snap a four-game streak of falling in the first contest of the season. Harvard is 1-4 in season openers over the last five years. Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith is 14-13 in the first game of the season, while the Crimson is 17-18. The Crimson’s last win on opening day came in 2004 against Fairfield, 71-68.
Harvard has a young squad this season with no seniors on the roster. The Crimson boasts four juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen this year.
Meet the Rookies
Harvard’s five freshmen hail from four different states. Jasmine Evans (Menlo Park, Calif.), Emma Golen (Novi, Mich.), Elle Hagedorn (Ambler, Pa.), Victoria Lippert (Del Mar, Calif.) and Miriam Rutzen (Blandinsville, Ill.).
Sophomore Brogan Berry is the only returning player to start in all 29 games last season. Junior Emma Markley came close, making 28 starts, after missing the nod on senior day last March. Juniors Jackie Alemany and Claire Wheeler appeared in the starting lineup nine and seven times, respectively.
Two of Harvard’s top three scorers return for the Crimson this season. Emma Markley led the Crimson with 14.0 points per game in 2008-09, while Brogan Berry was third in scoring with 11.7 ppg. The twosome accounted for 37 percent of the scoring, while Harvard’s six returning players from last season scored 54.4 percent of the points.
Preseason Ivy League Picks
Harvard was picked to finish second in the Ivy League Preseason Media and Sports Information Poll. The media chose Dartmouth to repeat as Ivy League champions, with 123 votes followed by the Crimson with 115 votes. The Big Green garnered 11 first-place votes, while the Crimson had five.
2009-10 Ivy League Media/SID Preseason Poll
1. Dartmouth (11) 123
2. Harvard (5) 115
3. Princeton 86
4. Columbia 83
5. Cornell 57
7. Penn 36
8. Brown 19
A History of Winning
Harvard has won 60 percent of its games in the last three years and 83 percent of its Ancient Eight contests.
Harvard has 11 Ivy League trophies. The Crimson has won two of the last three conference crowns and five of the last eight.
On the Bench
Kathy Delaney-Smith, the winningest coach in program history, is in her 28th season on the bench for the Crimson. Delaney-Smith, who has led the Crimson to 11 Ivy League titles, recorded her 400th career victory with a 68-47 win over Brown on March 7, 2008. She sports a 419-299 record heading into the 2009-10 season.
Assistant Coach Bri Fecteau is back for her seventh season, while Kelly Finley returns for her second. She served as a volunteer assistant in 2008-09. Todd Earl, another Colorado State graduate, joins the staff as a volunteer coach this season.
Leading the Way
Juniors Christine Matera and Claire Wheeler will serve as captains for the Crimson. They are the first junior captains since Dina Hadrick ’91 served as captain in 1990.
Bring ’Em On
Four of Harvard’s 2009-10 opponents reached the postseason last winter. Dartmouth went to the NCAA Tournament as the representative of the Ivy League, while Boston College, Boston University and Marist played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
Bay State Ballers
Five teams from Massachusetts await the Crimson this season. Harvard will play Boston College, Boston University, Holy Cross, Massachusetts and Northeastern this season.
First Time for Everything
When Harvard travels to Colorado later this month it will be the first trip to the Centennial State for the Crimson.
If Harvard plays Georgia Southern in the Omni Hotels Classic in Boulder, it will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Other first time opponents this season include, Navy, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and New Orleans.
A Quick Look at the Eagles
Boston College finished the 2008-09 season with a 23-12 overall record. The Eagles, who return all five starters, advanced to the WNIT Final Four last April.
BC was picked to finish sixth out of 12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Carolyn Swords was picked for the Preseason All-ACC Team.
History of the Series
Boston College leads the all-time series that dates back to 1977, 8-7. Harvard has won four of the last five meetings, including the last meeting in 2006. The Crimson defeated the Eagles, 68-58 at Conte Forum.
Christiana Lackner ’07 recorded a double-double and Lindsay Hallion ’08 scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Crimson to a 68-58 win Dec. 28, 2006.
The Harvard defense held the Eagles to 35.4 percent shooting. Boston College held a slim 43-42 advantage in rebounds, while the Crimson had a season low 14 turnovers.
Despite only playing Boston College, three years ago, no one on the Harvard roster was a member of the team in 2006-07.
The Crimson and the ACC
Harvard is 8-19 against schools currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Entering the Hall of Fame
Four women’s basketball players or coaches associated with Harvard were inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in October. Jessica Gelman ’97 was inducted for her play at Harvard. She was a two-time All-Ivy League recipient, earning second-team honors in 1996 and first team in 1997. Gelman broke the all-time assists record at Harvard in her final season and currently stands third on the list with 485 hand outs.
Current assistant coach Bri Fecteau was inducted for her high school career in Maine, while former assistants Ann McInerny and Stephanie Pemper were invited for their high school career and coaching careers, respectively.