Women's Basketball Welcomes Princeton, Penn in Crucial Ivy Games
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
There will be only one unbeaten team in the Ivy League after Friday night's game as Harvard (3-0) and Princeton (3-0) meet in a game to determine first place in the Ancient Eight.
The Crimson welcomes Penn, who enters the weekend with a 1-2 Ancient mark and the third best non-conference mark in the league, Saturday.
Watch From Home
Can't make it to Cambridge this weekend 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.
Last Time Out
Harvard downed Cornell, 67-36, Jan. 29 at Newman Arena in a game in which 11 Crimson players contributed to the scoring effort
Victoria Lippert and Miriam Rutzen lead the Crimson in scoring with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Lippert went 7-for-13 from the field, while Rutzen connected on 5-of-7 shots including two from beyond the arc. Christine Clark led the Crimson on the glass, pulling down eight boards, while Brogan Berry handed out six assists.
Harvard used a 30-9 run in the first half to break open a 9-8 game and take a 38-18 lead at half. The Crimson led by many as 32 in the second and shot 43.1 percent for the game.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 5-1 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.
Why We're Wearing Red?
Members of the coaching and support staff will wear red Friday as part of National Wear Red Day. It's a way to speak up against heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in America. Wear red, spread the word and save lives.
On National Wear Red Day, companies, hospitals, and organizations nation-wide will wear red to show their commitment to the fight against heart disease in women and help raise funds for research and education. This is the third year Harvard women's basketball is taking part in National Wear Red day.
Another Win in the Books
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith picked up her 450th career coaching victory against Cornell Jan. 29. She is one of 36 active Division I coaches to have 450 wins under their belts.
Harvard and the Ivy League
Harvard is 230-152 all-time against its league foes. The Crimson hold the lead in all seven conference series with the closest series record coming against Dartmouth. Brown and Dartmouth have both won 31 games against the Crimson.
The Penn Series
Harvard has won 13 in a row against the Quakers and leads the series, 44-21. The Crimson is 24-10 at home against the Quakers. Penn has not won at Lavietes Pavilion since Feb. 6, 2004.
The Princeton Series
Harvard leads the all-time series with the Tigers, 37-29. The Crimson had won six in a row before falling to Princeton in both games last year. Harvard has not lost three in a row to the Tigers since the 1985-86 to 1986-87 seasons and has not lost two straight at home since 1981-82 to 1982-83.
Harvard played its 450th conference game against Dartmouth (Jan. 15).
Won't Happen Twice
The Crimson has not lost back-to-back regular season Ivy League games since the 2003-04 season.
On the Line
Christine Matera has started 45 games in a row for the Crimson. Brogan Berry has a streak of 60 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 74 of the 75 games she has suited up for. Berry has 64 straight games with at least one point. Victoria Lippert has scored in 47 straight games.
Emma Markley moved into 10th on the all-time rebounds list at Harvard after the Crimson's win over Columbia (Jan. 28). She has 580 rebounds to her credit. Markley is 10th in scoring with 1,148 career points.
Brogan Berry is just four assists away from taking over sixth on the all-time assists list. She has 340 to her credit.
Make it 100
Christine Matera played in her 100th game in a Harvard uniform against Dartmouth Jan. 15, while Emma Markley made her 100th appearance in a crimson and white uniform against Seattle Jan. 22.
Harvard faced six teams that advanced to the postseason last year. Boston University, Dayton, Florida, Hartford, Oral Roberts and Princeton had extended seasons last winter. Dayton, Hartford and Princeton competed in the NCAA Tournament while BU, Florida and Oral Roberts played in the WNIT.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry is seventh on the all-time career assists list with 340 handouts. She is four away from tying Elizabeth Proudfit '96 who is sixth with 344. Jennifer Monti '02 holds the program record of 558.
1,000 Point Scoring Watch
Brogan Berry enters the weekend with 921 points, needing just 79 points to become the 15th player in women's basketball history at Harvard.
If Berry accomplishes that feat before the end of the season, it will be only the second time in Crimson history that two players reached 1,000 points in the same year. Deb Flandermeyer '93 and Erin Maher '93 did it during the 1992-93 season.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Entering the week, Harvard was first in Ivy League scoring putting up 73.5 points per game, 4.0 better than second-place Princeton.
The Crimson ranks 33rd in the nation in scoring as well.
The Right Touch
Four of the top-12 scorers in the Ivy League standings don the crimson and white. Brogan Berry is second (14.1 points per game), Victoria Lippert is fourth (13.6 ppg), Emma Markley is sixth (128 ppg) and Christine Clark is 12th (11.1 ppg).
The Crimson is averaging a +21.7 margin of victory in its three league games to start the season after picking up 30-plus point wins over Cornell and Dartmouth.