Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard takes a road trip to Florida for the first meeting against the Gators in 10 years Tuesday night.
Lippert went 9-of-13 from the field as the Crimson shot 52.4 percent from the floor. Markley scored 16 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and had three blocks, while Brogan Berry added 13 points and five assists and Christine Clark recorded 11 points and two steals.
Harvard led after its first basket and never looked back, leading by as many as 30 late in the second half. After falling behind 39-26 at the half, the Hawks cut the deficit to eight before runs by the Crimson squashed a comeback.
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, which is 1-0 at home this season, 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
Tuesday's meeting will be the third in series history as Florida leads, 2-0. The first meeting was a 95-38 win for the Gators Dec. 20, 1983 in Gainseville. Florida earned its first-ever AP ranking following their victory. The most recent games was Nov. 24, 2000 at the Dead River Company Classic, a 78-56 Florida win. The History Book Says
Harvard has never beaten a team from the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson has had 11 tries in games against Arkansas (0-2), Florida (0-2), Mississippi State (0-1), South Carolina (0-1) and Vanderbilt (0-5).
Florida had never lost to an Ivy League team until Sunday at Brown. The Gators have played against Brown (1-2), Penn (1-0) and Princeton (1-0),
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 443-310 record six 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.
Cashing in Dimes
Led by Brogan Berry's 3.8 assists per game, three Crimson players average 2.0 or more assists a game. Christine Matera (2.6) and Christine Clark (2.0) have also had the helping hand.
Emma Markley pulled down her first double-double of the season and the15th of her career. She scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in win over Hartford (Dec. 3).
Harvard has had three players scored 20 or more points this season. Brogan Berry tallied 20 at Maine (Nov. 13), Emma Markley scored 25 versus Oral Roberts (Nov. 19) and Victoria Lippert recorded 21 against Hartford (Dec. 3).
Harvard is 2-0 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) and hit 33-of-63 from the floor against Hartford (Dec. 3).
Second Half Scoring
Harvard has scored 251 of its 424 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 3-0 when winning the battle on the boards. Harvard outrebounded Oral Roberts, 42-30; BU, 43-31 and Hartford, 42-25.
Go Back to the 80s
Harvard is 32-0 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).
First Year Honored
Christine Clark was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Nov. 22) for her play at the Navy Classic. She averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds. 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game on the weekend. She scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Mid-Major No. 13 Oral Roberts.
Honored by the League
Brogan Berry was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 15) for her performance in Harvard's win. This is her eighth weekly conference award and second selection as player of the week.