Photo of Lindsay Louie courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard travels to Newark, N.J., to take on the Highlanders of New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Last Time Out
Brogan Berry led three Crimson players in double figures as Harvard beat the UMass Minutewomen, 72-60, Wednesday night in Amherst.
Berry had 16 points and seven assists while Emma Markley and Christine Matera added 14 points each. Markley grabbed nine rebounds and had four blocks while
The Crimson trailed just one time in the game and used a 21-2 run early in the first half. Harvard connected on their first seven shots, including five from beyond the arc.
The Minutewomen used a 21-4 spurt in the second half to cut the Harvard lead to as little as five, but an 11-0 Crimson run put the game out of reach.
Way to Start
Harvard’s 8-4 record through 12 games is its best start since the 2002-03 season when the Crimson finished 22-5 overall and a perfect 14-0 in Ivy League play.
Harvard Runs This Town...
The Crimson won all three of its games against Boston area schools this season. Harvard defeated Boston College (82-81), Boston University (85-68) and Northeastern (90-85) all on its home court. The Crimson averaged 85.6 points per game against its Beantown neighbors.
...Make That This State
For just the third time in program history, the Crimson played all five other Division I programs in the Bay State.
In addition to the teams in Boston, Harvard defeated Holy Cross, 74-57, last month and beat UMass, 72-60, Jan. 6. The sweep of the in-state teams gives Harvard its first unofficial state title.
Scouting the Highlanders
NJIT fell to Yale, 68-58, Saturday afternoon at the Fleisher Athletic Center. Taiwo Oyelola led the Highlanders with 14 points and five rebounds.
The Highlanders trailed 36-28 at halftime following a 6-4 Yale run to end the opening stanza. After the break, the Highlanders kept the game close, and used an 11-0 run to cut the Bulldog lead to just one, but was unable to keep the game in reach as Yale went on a run of their own, outscoring NJIT 10-1.
Kehinde Oyelola added 12 points and five rebounds for the Highlanders, while Jessica Gerald scored 12 points and had two blocks.
This is the first time the Crimson and the Highlanders will meet on the hardwood.
Against the UMass Minutewomen on Jan. 6, the Crimson made their first seven shot attempts to start the game, including five from behind the arc. Harvard did not miss a shot in the first seven minutes of the game.
Block That Shot
Junior Emma Markley has 25 blocks this season for an average of 2.1 per game (first in the Ivy League). 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.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson is off to its best start at home since the 1997-98 season with a 6-0 record at Lavietes Pavilion this season.
Harvard has had the scoring touch at Lavietes Pavilion averaging 79 points per game at home this season.
League Leaders (as of Jan. 11)
Brogan Berry leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.5), assists (6.4) and free throw percentage (.862).
Harvard ranks first the Ivy League in scoring offense with 73.6 points per game. The Crimson also leads the Ancient Eight in free throw percentage (.777) and blocked shots (4.8 per game).
Harvard has four players who average 10.0 points per game or more. Emma Markley leads the team with 16.0 ppg, followed by Brogan Berry with 14.3 ppg, Victoria Lippert with 12.6 ppg and Christine Matera with 10.4 ppg.
First Time for Everything
Harvard made its first trip to Colorado in program history over Thanksgiving. It also played New Orleans and Navy for the first time on the hardwood. New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is the final first time opponent for the Crimson of the season.
Harvard is 2-0 against first time opponents in 2009-10.
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 427-303 record 12 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.