Season Preview: Mix of Veterans and Youth Set to Lead Women's Basketball in 2010-11

Emma Markley has been the Crimson's leading scorer for the last two seasons. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.

The Harvard women’s basketball team returns all 12 players from last year’s squad and welcomes four newcomers in 2010-11. The Crimson will look to build upon a 20-win season that also saw Harvard make its second-straight postseason appearance and third in the last four years.

The Crimson finished second in the Ivy League standings and boasted three All-Ivy League selections in Brogan Berry, Victoria Lippert and Emma Markley last winter. Junior Emma Markley was one of three Crimson players to earn All-Ivy League honors and one of four to average double-digit scoring on the season. For the second year in a row, the Yorktown Heights, N.Y., native led the Crimson in scoring (14.0 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocks (2.7 bpg). She earned a spot on the first-team for the first time in her career.

Sophomore Brogan Berry, who was third on the team and ninth in the league in scoring (11.9 ppg), earned a spot on the second-team. She led the league and was among the top 15 in the nation in assists, averaging 5.8 per game. She handed out 169 assists this season, which is second on the single season assist lists and combined with 100 handed outs from a season ago, stands ninth on the all-time assists list at Harvard with 269 helpers.

Freshman Victoria Lippert earned a spot on the second team and was name to the All-Rookie team as well. She was second on the team and fifth in the league in scoring (13.1 ppg). She was the team’s best shooter, connecting on 46.2 percent of her shots.

Offensively, Harvard returns a team that was second in the Ancient Eight in scoring offense and had three of the top-nine scorers.  The Crimson also had one of the best shooting teams in the league, leading the Ivies in free throw shooting and three-point field goal percentage and was second in field goal percentage. On the defensive side of the ball, the Crimson led the league and 16th in the nation in blocked shots.

Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith shares her thoughts on the upcoming season: