Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard's second game of 2011 is also its second straight against a Bay state opponent as the Crimson travels to Boston College Thursday. The series record between the two schools is tied at eight wins with Harvard taking an 82-81 win over the Eagles in last season's opener.
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Last Time Out
Four Crimson players scored in double figures, as Harvard downed Massachusetts, 83-70, at Lavietes Sunday.
Brogan Berry led Harvard with 18 points, facilitated by converting 9-of-11 free throw attempts. Victoria Lippert, coming off a 22-point performance at Dayton, tallied 17, while Christine Clark dropped in 16 and Emma Markley contributed 13 for the Crimson.
The Crimson tied a season-high with 11 steals against the Minutewomen.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 3-1 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.
Busy Road Ahead
The game against BC will be the third in eight days for the Crimson. Harvard fell to Dayton, 101-80 Dec. 30, but rebounded to defeat Massachusetts Jan. 2, 83-70. The Crimson will play its fourth game in 11 days when it welcomes NJIT Jan. 9 to Lavietes.
Harvard and BC each have eight wins when going head-to-head. The Crimson has won five of the last six meetings with the Eagles dating back to Nov. 28, 1987.
BC won the seven meetings prior to that, while Harvard won the first three meetings in the series which dates back to Jan. 15, 1977.
The History Book Says
Harvard played two Atlantic 10 teams for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Crimson went 1-1 this season, falling at Dayton on Dec. 30 but defeated Massachusetts on Jan. 2. The Crimson has played seven teams that currently reside in the Atlantic 10. The Crimson is 14-26 overall against those teams.
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 445-313 record 11 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.
On the Line
Emma Markley has started 42 straight games for the Crimson and 68 total contests.
Brogan Berry has a streak of 54 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 68 of the 69 games she has suited up for. The Beavercreak, Ohio native has 58 straight games with at least one point.
Victoria Lippert has scored in 40 straight games.
Make it 100
Emma Markley is four games away from her 100th appearance in a crimson and white uniform.
That's a Streak
Harvard went 385 games without letting its opponent reach the century mark. Dayton (Dec. 30) scored 101 points on the Crimson, prior to that game, the last time an opponent accomplished that feat was March 15, 1996 when Vanderbilt scored points against Harvard in the NCAA tournament.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Harvard is currently first in the Ivy League in scoring offense, putting up 73.5 points per game, 3.5 better than second-place Princeton.
She Calls it Home
Harvard will play in five states that the Crimson players call home. Jackie Alemany and Emma Markley (New York), Brogan Berry (Ohio), Elle Hagedorn (Pennsylvania), Christine Matera (New Jersey) and Claire Wheeler (Maryland).
The League's Choice
Victoria Lippert was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Jan. 3 for her performances against Dayton and UMass.
Lippert averaged 19.5 points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench in a win and a loss for the Crimson last week. She scored a season-high 22 points and handed out a career-high four assists at Dayton. Lippert posted 17 points, including 10 in the first half in an 83-70 win over Massachusetts. She has six rebounds, two steals, a block and a steal against the Minutewomen.
Lippert, who was also named Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week, earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week four times last year.
Stellar Free Throw Shooting
Berry is currently ranked 28th nationally, and second in the Ancient Eight in free throw shooting. She has converted 37-of-42 attempts, good for 88.1 percent.
Christine Clark also ranks in the top 50 nationally from the charity stripe. She is converting at an 86.1 clip, good for 46th in the nation.
As a team the Crimson are shooting 78.3 percent from the free throw line, best in the Ivy League.
The Crimson leads the Ivy League in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 6.64 per contest this season.
In the Hoop
Freshman Christine Clark leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage, hitting 58.3 percent of her shots.