Women's Basketball to Battle Pair of Unbeaten Teams at Navy Classic
Photo of the Crimson against Maine courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.
Harvard continues its string of contests away from home with a pair of games at the Navy Classic. The Crimson will face Oral Roberts for the first time in program history in the first game on the tournament and then meet host Navy in the finale Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard opened the 2010-11 season with a 73-54 win over Maine Saturday. Brogan Berry led the Crimson with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Victoria Lippert (17) and Emma Markley (12) joined Berry in double figures. Lippert also had a team-high six rebounds and equaled Miriam Rutzen's two steals.
Harvard turned a one-point halftime deficit (29-28) into a 19 point lead late in the second. The Crimson shot 57.1 percent from the field (16-of-28) and 100 percent (9-for-9) from the free throw line in the second stanza.
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Honored by the League
Brogan Berry was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week (11/15) for her performance in Harvard's win. This is her eighth weekly conference award and second selection as player of the week.
Christine Clark is the third straight freshman to start the first game of her career. Brogan Berry in 2008 and Victoria Lippert in 2009 are the last two rookies to do so, before that Reka Cserny '05 did it in 2001.
Back-to-Back Season Openers
Harvard won its season opener for the second straight year, a feat not accomplished since 2001-2002.
A History Lesson
This is only the second meeting between Harvard and Navy. The Crimson defeated the Mids, 71-55, Jan. 2, 2010. Victoria Lippert led the Crimson with 17 points.
Harvard holds a 7-2 record against teams from the service academies. The Crimson has faced Navy (1-0) and Army (6-2).
Harvard is 2-2 in games played at service academies. The Crimson has played Army at home four times. This weekend will be Harvard's first trip to Annapolis, Md.
Oral Roberts is the first school from the state of Oklahoma the Crimson will face.
The History Book Says
Harvard has gone 22-12 against teams from the Patriot League. The Crimson has winning records against Army (6-2), Bucknell (2-1), Colgate (4-1), Lafayette (2-1) and Navy (1-0, while the series is tied with Holy Cross (5-5) and Lehigh (2-2).
It Will Be a First
Harvard has never faced a team from the Summit League. Friday's game against Oral Roberts will be the first game.
The Crimson play its first five games of the season on the road. It's the first time in program history Harvard has started the season with that many road games.
On the Bench
Kathy Delaney-Smith, the winningest coach in program history, is in her 29th 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 440-308 record after 28 seasons.
Kelly Finley returns for her third season with the Crimson and first as top assistant. Missy Traversi begins her first season with the Crimson, while Jonah Goldschlag joins the staff as a volunteer coach this season.
They Go Way Back
Navy head coach Stefanie Pompers is no stranger to Harvard basketball. The third-year coach of the Mids was an assistant under Kathy Delaney-Smith from 1996-1998.
The Crimson won at least 20 games during each of her three seasons in Cambridge and posted a 39-3 Ivy League record over that time. Harvard won the conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of her three years.
The College Insider
CollegeInsider.com has released the Women's Mid-Major Top 25 for the first time this year.
Harvard was one of three Ivy League teams to be recognized in the preseason poll. Princeton was sixth in the first poll, while Columbia and Harvard received votes.
The Crimson will face three teams in the first poll: No. 6 Princeton, No. 10 Hartford, No. 19 Oral Roberts.
Making the Most of It
Harvard scored 30 points off 20 Maine turnovers Saturday.
I'll Take That
Harvard recorded 10 steals in the win over Maine Saturday, equaling the most steals since playing Columbia (Feb. 20, 2010). The Crimson had 10 or more steals seven times in 2009-10.
Freshman Christine Clark and sophomore Jasmine Evans made their collegiate debuts against Maine. Evans missed all of last season due to a preseason injury.
11/15 Brogan Berry POW
Adding Up the Points
Emma Markley is just 45 points away from scoring her 1,000 career point. Thirteen players have reached the 1,000 point mark in Crimson history.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry moved into second on the all-time single season assist list with 169 hand outs last year. She is also eighth on the all-time career assists list with 275 handouts, and she is 11 assists away from moving into seventh.