Photo of Elle Hagedorn courtesy of Gil Talbot.
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Harvard hosts local rival Boston University in the second of three straight games at Lavietes Pavilion.
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Home Sweet Home
The Crimson is 3-0 on its home court this season. Harvard has had the scoring touch at Lavietes Pavilion averaging 76.0 points per game at home this season.
Last Time Out
Four Crimson players scored in double figures and Emma Markley recorded her first double-double of the season as the Harvard women’s basketball team rolled over Holy Cross, 74-57, Wednesday night at the Lavietes Pavilion.
Markley scored a game-high 18 points on an 8-for-16 effort and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore Brogan Berry went 5-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line for 16 points and handed out seven assists. Freshman Victoria Lippert added 13 and Christine Matera had 12, all from beyond the arc.
The Crimson ran out to a 19-0 lead to start the first half, holding the Crusaders scoreless for the first six minutes of the game. Harvard lead by as many as 23 in the first 20 minutes, but saw its 39-25 halftime lead shrink to three six minutes into the second session. The Crimson quickly turned it around pulling away to a double-digit lead with eight minutes to play.
Block That Shot
Junior Emma Markley has 16 blocks this season for an average of 2.3 per game. She set a Colorado Tournament record for blocks in a game with six against New Orleans (Nov. 27), while Harvard’s 10 blocks against the Privateers was also a tournament record.
Scouting the Terriers
After beginning the season with two straight losses, Boston University has won three of its last four, including two straight. The Terriers defeated Brown, 87-58, Wednesday night in Providence.
Led by Alex Young, three Terriers average double figures. Young has 14.3 points per game, while Caitlyn Moran and Kristen Sims average 14.0 and 10.5 ppg., respectively. Moran leads the team in assists (3.3 per game) and steals (2.0 per game). Aly Hinton and Caroline Stewart lead the team in rebounds with 6.3 per game.
Boston University is averaging 68.5 ppg., while its opponents are outscoring them with an average of 70.3 ppg. The Terriers are also getting outrebounded, 44.0-38.3 rebounds per game.
Jesyka Burks-Wiley scored 21 for BU, while four other Terriers scored 10 or more to lead Boston University to an 80-61 victory over Harvard on Dec. 9, 2008.
Emma Markley led the Crimson with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Boston University leads the series, 13-11, and has won four of the last five meetings. Harvard snapped a three-game losing skid against the Terriers in the last match up at Lavietes Pavilion on Dec. 11, 2007.
The crosstown rivals have met every year since 1992. The series started in 1976 and the teams played from 1979-81 and then again in ’86, ’87.
Junior Emma Markley recorded her first double-double of the season and ninth of her career against Holy Cross. She scored 18 points and pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds. She has six double-doubles as a sophomore and two as a rookie.
Help Me, Help You
Sophomore Brogan Berry has 47 assists this season, averaging 6.7 per game. She has handed out nine, three times so far.
Among the Best
Entering this week, Emma Markley ranked 24th in the nation in blocks (2.3 per game). Brogan Berry ranked 13th in the nation in assists (6.7 per game) and 28th in assist/turnover ratio (2.67).
League Leaders (as of Dec. 3)
Claire Wheeler leads the league in free throw percentage, shooting 93.3 percent from the charity stripe. The junior captain is 15-of-16 from the line. Emma Markley paces the league in blocked shots with 2.3 per game, while Brogan Berry leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.6)
Harvard is second in the Ivy League in scoring offense with 70.7 points per game. The Crimson leads the Ancient Eight in free throw percentage (.770) and blocked shots (4.6 per game).
Harvard has three players who average 10.0 points per game or more. Emma Markley leads the team with 16.0 ppg, followed by Victoria Lippert with 13.7 ppg. and Brogan Berry with 11.1ppg.
Random Number 28
Harvard has scored exactly 28 field goals in its three home games this season. The Crimson has totaled 82, 74 and 72 points in its first three home games.
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.
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 423-302 record seven games into her 28th 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.