Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard returns home for the first of three straight contests at Lavietes Pavilion Wednesday night against Holy Cross.
Keep Up At Home
Wednesday's game will be broadcast live on GoCrimson.com for a small fee. WHRB will also cover the game as will 100.1 FM in Worcester. Live Statistics will be available free of charge. Click on the links above for more information.
For the third year in a row, the Crimson men and women are playing a doubleheader in the month of December. The men will play Rice beginning at 8:15 p.m.
Home Sweet Home
After four games on the road, the Crimson returns home for three contests. All three of Harvard’s home opponents in December are from the state of Massachusetts.
Last Time Out
Harvard lost a heartbreaker Saturday night to Colorado, 67-65, in the championship game of the Omni Hotels Classic. Emma Markley scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots to lead the Crimson.
Harvard trailed by just one, 33-32, at the half thanks to a buzzer beating three pointer from Christine Matera. A fast start to the second half allowed the Crimson to take a nine point lead in the second stanza. The Buffaloes answered with a run of their own and regained the lead with two minutes left to play.
With the score tied at 65, Chucky Jeffery scored with four second left in the game to lift her team to victory. Brogan Berry made a valiant effort in the final seconds of the game, her shot from half court hit the rim and rolled out.
Victoria Lippert scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half. Jackie Alemany grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, while the Crimson outrebounded the Buffs, 34-31.
Emma Markley was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Nov. 30 after averaging 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game last week. It is the second time in three weeks, Markley has earned the honor.
Markley was 10-15 from the field with seven rebounds, four blocks and a steal against Colorado. In the first game of the tournament, Markley had eight points, including a 4-for-4 effort from the free throw line, six blocks and two steals. Markley earned a spot on the all-tournament team and broke the Colorado tournament recorded for blocks in a game with six. Markley also scored a team-high 21 points for the Crimson Tuesday against New Hampshire.
Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross, who is 3-4 on the young season, wraps up its eight game road swing tonight against the Crimson. The Crusaders are coming off a 52-48 loss to Penn State in the championship game of the Dead River Company Classic Saturday night. Holy Cross also has wins over Central Connecticut State and Bryant.
Bethany O’Dell leads three Crusaders in double-digit points. She averages 13.9 points per game, while Whitney Fremeau and Brianna McFadden, average 12.4 and 11.4 ppg., respectively. Fremeau leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 per game.
Holy Cross averages 53.1 points per game, while its opponents average 64.1. The Crusaders have also been outrebounded, 44.1-30.9 rebounds per game.
Four Crimson players scored in double figures to lead Harvard to a 73-57 win over Holy Cross Nov. 20, 2008 at the Hart Center. Niki Finelli ’09 led the Crimson with 15 points, while Claire Wheeler recorded her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds,
Holy Cross leads the series 6-4, but Harvard has had the upper hand in the last two games. The series began in 1978, but the two teams only met five times between then and 1999. The Crimson renewed the series in 2006 and have met every year since.
Emma Markley earned a spot on the Omni Hotels Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts in Harvard’s two games in Colorado. Markley averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 blocks and 4.0 steals per game in the Centennial State.
First Time for Everything
Harvard made its first trip to Colorado in program history last week. It also played New Orleans for the first time on the hardwood. Other first time opponents this season include, Navy, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and New Orleans.
Emma Says No
Emma Markley blocked six shots in Harvard’s win over New Orleans. She was two shy of her career record of eight blocked shots set Feb. 14, 2009 against Columbia.
The Crimson went 15-for-15 from the free throw line against New Orleans last week to equal the Crimson’s school record for free throw percentage. Harvard went 15-for-15 from the line one other time in program history, against Fairfield Nov. 24, 2001.
Reaching a Milestone
Harvard recorded its 500th program win Jan. 30, 2009 against Penn. Harvard is the first Ivy League school and first Division I program in Boston to accomplish that feat. The Crimson has 512 victories heading into the weekend trip to Colorado.
Bay State Ballers
Five teams from Massachusetts dot the Crimson this season. Harvard played Boston College, to open the season and will face Boston University, Holy Cross, Massachusetts and Northeastern later this season.