Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Complete Game Notes
Harvard returns to the hardwood after a 20 day lay-off. The Crimson is on the road for the first and only time in December at Marist.
Way to Start
The Crimson at 6-3 is off to its best start to the season since 2001-02.
Last Time Out
Brogan Berry scored a career-high 31 points, while Emma Markley and Victoria Lippert recorded double-doubles in a 90-85 double overtime win over Northeastern Dec. 9.
Berry’s 31 points came on a 10-for-18 effort from the field. She connected on 3-of-4 from downtown and went 8-for-9 from the charity stripe and added eight assists and a steal. Junior Emma Markley recorded her third straight double-double scoring 20 points and pulling down 15 rebounds, while freshman Victoria Lippert posted her first collegiate double-double putting up 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Berry fired off seven straight points to put the Crimson up 35-31 at the half. Harvard could not get ahead by more than seven points as the Huskies kept up with the Crimson and took a late second half lead before Lippert’s jumped forced overtime.
Harvard pulled away in the second extra session with points from the free throw line to earn the victory.
Victoria Lippert was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Dec. 14) for her efforts in Harvard’s win over Northeastern.
Lippert recorded her first collegiate double-double, scoring 21
points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Lippert scored 19 points after
the halftime break, including 11 in the extra frames. Her jumper
with 28 seconds left in regulation forced overtime, while another
basket with three seconds on the clock in the first overtime
session again tied the score and set up another five minutes of
Harvard vs. the Bay State
The Crimson is 4-0 in games against teams from its home state. Harvard has one more contests against Bay Staters this season, Jan. 6 at Massachusetts.
Block That Shot
Junior Emma Markley has 17 blocks this season for an average of 2.1 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 Red Foxes
The Red Foxes used a 60.7 percent field goal percentage in the second half to overcome a 31-28 halftime deficit and defeat Northeastern, 76-69 at home on Dec. 22.
Marist is 7-4 on the season and have won three in a row. The Red Foxes have gone 5-1 at McCann Center this year.
Rachel Fitz paces the team in scoring and rebounding with 20.0 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. She also has the most accurate shot, connecting on 61.6 percent of her attempts.
Marist leads the nation in free throw percentage, making 83.0 percent of its shots from the charity stripe.
Marist handed Harvard a 76-63 loss Nov. 23, 2008 at Lavietes Pavilion. Emma Markley led three Crimson players scored in double figure, but a 48.1 shooting percentage from the Red Foxes helped Marist turn a 29-24 halftime lead into a 13 point victory.
Marist has won all three meetings in the series dating back to 2005. Tuesday’s meeting is only the second in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Harvard played just its third double overtime game in program history against Northeastern. The Crimson last played the extra 10 minutes against Liberty in 2003. Harvard is 3-0 when it goes to double OT.
Counting to 30
Brogan Berry is just the third Harvard player since the 2004-05 season to score 30 or more points in a game. Emily Tay ’09 had 34 against Yale in 2009, while Reka Cserny ’05 had three 30 point games in 2004-05.
When Harvard scored 90 points against the Huskies it was only the second time since 2005-06 that the Crimson has posted 90 or more points in the game. Harvard last accomplished the feat against Yale (91) March 7, 2009.
Harvard grabbed 52 rebounds against Northeastern. Its the most boards by a Crimson team since Harvard grabbed 51 against Holy Cross, Nov. 20, 2008.
Three Players With 20 or More
Harvard has not had three players score 20 or more points in a game in the last seven years.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson is off to its best start at home since the 1997-98 season with a 5-0 record at Lavietes Pavilion this season.
Harvard has had the scoring touch at Lavietes Pavilion averaging 80.6 points per game at home this season.
Junior Emma Markley recorded her third straight double-double and Victoria Lippert posted her first collegiate double-double in Harvard’s 90-85 win over Northeastern. The Crimson is 3-0 when a Harvard player notched a double-double.
Help Me, Help You
Sophomore Brogan Berry has 62 assists this season, averaging 6.8 per game. She has handed out nine, three times so far.
Among the Best
In all games through Dec. 20, Emma Markley ranked 46th in the nation in blocks (1.9 per game). Brogan Berry ranked eighth in the nation in assists (6.9 per game) and 11th in assist/turnover ratio (2.58).
Harvard is fifth in free throw percentage (.796) and 13th in three-point field goal percentage (.441).
League Leaders (as of Dec. 20)
Brogan Berry leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.6) and assists (6.9).
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring offense with 74.4 points per game. The Crimson leads the Ancient Eight in field goal percentage (.441), free throw percentage (.796) and blocked shots (4.4 per game).
Harvard has three players who average 10.0 points per game or more. Emma Markley leads the team with 16.4 ppg, followed by Brogan Berry with 14.2 ppg, and Victoria Lippert with 13.6 ppg.
Random Number 28
Harvard 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 games at Lavietes Pavilion.
Player of the Week
Emma Markley was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Dec. 6 after recording back-to-back double-doubles. Markley is a three time POW selection this season.
Markley averaged 17.0 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. She scored 18 points, pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds, blocked two shots and collected two steals in a 74-57 win over Holy Cross and then scored 16 point, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked a shot and collected a steal in a come-from-behind 85-68 win over Boston University.
The Crimson From Three
Harvard is averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game after nine contests, which ranks 27th in the nation. The Crimson hit 11 threes against Boston College and Boston University and posted double-digit treys three times. Harvard is shooting 40 percent from downtown, which stands 13th in the nation.