Home Sweet Home: Women's Basketball Hosts Hartford in First Game at Lavietes
Photo of Miriam Rutzen courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Ivy League Release (Week 4)
Harvard hosts Hartford in its home opener Friday night. The Crimson plays at Lavietes Pavilion after five games on the road to open the season.
Watch From Home
Can't make it to Cambridge on Friday, watch and listen to the game on GoCrimson.com. Visit the multimedia center for more details or click on the audio link above. Live statistics will also be available.
Wear white to the game to support the Harvard Crimson. Free t-shirts for students and free pom-poms for all.
Last Time Out
Jasmine Evans scored a career-high 12 points, while Victoria Lippert and Christine Clark added 12 apiece but it wasn't enough to stop a hot shooting Holy Cross squad that went on to win 72-53 Sunday in Worcester.
Brogan Berry led the Crimson with five rebounds while Evans, Lippert and Markley each pulled down four.
Harvard's 3-1 record to start the season, matched 2004-05's strong start. A win Friday would give the Crimson a 4-2 mark, which would equal the Crimson's record through six games in 2008-09.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson posted a 12-1 record at Lavietes Pavilion in 2009-10, which was the best home record since going unbeaten in 1997-98.
After Nov. 19's win over Oral Roberts, the Crimson was the only team in the Ivy League without a loss.
A History Lesson
Harvard and Hartford met seven times from 1984-91. The Hawks won the last two meetings after the Crimson took four of the first five games. Friday will be the first meeting in 19 years.
The History Book Says
Harvard is 42-46 against teams from the America East conference. The Crimson faces four teams from the AE this winter; Hartford (4-3) and New Hampshire (7-17) and has already played BU (13-13) and Maine (5-6).
Harvard's stretch of five road games to start the season is 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 442-310 record five games into the season.
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.
The College Insider
CollegeInsider.com 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 have two teams in the most recent poll (Nov. 23) on their schedule: No. 5 Princeton, No. 22 and No. 24 Oral Roberts, who the Crimson defeated Nov. 19.
Joining the Club
Emma Markley became the 14th women's basketball player at Harvard to score at least 1,000 points at Harvard. She scored her her 1,000th career point when her eighth point of the game with 4:43 left in the first half to put the Crimson up by nine.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry moved into seventh on the all-time career assists list with 287 handouts. She is 57 away from tying Elizabeth Proudfit '96 who is sixth with 344. Jennifer Monti '02 holds the program record of 558.
Board and Buckets
With 1,002 points and 515 rebounds to her credit, Markley joins only six other Harvard players to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in their careers. She joins Allison Feaster '98, Hana Pelijto '04, Reka Cserny '05, Tammy Butler '95, Deb Flandermeyer '93 and Sarah Duncan '89.
Markley is also one of four players to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks. Only Reka Cserny '05, Sarah Duncan '89 and Deb Flandermeyer '93 have also accomplished that feat.
Cashing in Dimes
Led by Brogan Berry's 3.6 assists per game, three Crimson players average 2.4 or more assists a game. Christine Matera (2.8) and Christine Clark (2.4) have also had the helping hand.
Harvard leads the league in scoring offense (67.8 ppg.), free throw percentage (.800), field goal and defensive rebounds (27.0).
Lippert leads the league in field goal percentage (.568), while Brogan Berry leads in assists (3.60) and assist/turnover margin (1.80).
Harvard is 1-0 on the season when shooting 50 percent from the field or better. The Crimson connected on 28-of-55 attempts from the field for a 50.9 percent shooting effort against Boston University (Nov. 23).
Second Half Scoring
Harvard has scored 205 of its 339 points in the second half which means 60 percent of the Crimson scoring has come in the second 20 minutes of action.
Crashing the Boards
The Crimson is 2-0 when winning the battle on the boards. Harvard outrebounded Oral Roberts, 42-30, and BU, 43-31.
Go Back to the 80s
Harvard is 31-0 since 2004-05 when scoring 80 or more points in a game. The last time Harvard scored 80 points and did not pick up the win was Jan. 10, 2004 against Dartmouth (93-88).