Women's Basketball Looks to Stay in Postseason Race at Penn, Princeton
Photo courtesy of Gil Tablot.
Harvard plays its final three games of the season on the road, starting with a weekend trip to Penn and Princeton. The Crimson looks to equal its 11-3 Ivy finish of the past two seasons and earn a spot in the postseason with victories on the road.
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Thank You Seniors
The Class of 2011 has seen tremendous success in a crimson and white uniform. The four seniors have won 65.5 percent of their games and 78.4 percent of their Ivy contests heading into the final three games of the season.
Harvard has won an Ivy League title and made the first two WNIT appearances in program history during the Class of 2011's time at Harvard.
The foursome was a part of Harvard's 500th win in program history and helped Kathy Delaney-Smith earn her 400th and 450th career coaching victories.
Last Time Out
Harvard fell to Yale Saturday night, 78-64. Senior Emma Markley led the Crimson with 17 points, while two other Crimson players reached double figures.
Markley was 7-for-10 from the field with four rebounds. Victoria Lippert added 14 points included two threes. Brogan Berry also reached double figures with 13 points and led the Crimson with eight rebounds and four assists.
The Penn Series
Harvard has won 14 in a row against the Quakers and leads the series, 45-21. The Crimson is 19-11 against the Quakers at The Palestra.
Last Time We Met
Harvard needed a little extra time to secure a win over Penn Feb. 5. The Crimson defeated Penn, 88-84 in double overtime.
Emma Markley scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds, collected four steals and blocked two shots in the win. Brogan Berry added 17 points for the second night in a row, including clutch free throws down the stretch, to go along with eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Victoria Lippert chipped in with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while Christine Clark added 11 points.
The Crimson led by only one at the half and battled back and forth with the Quakers throughout the game.
The Princeton Series
Harvard leads the all-time series with the Tigers, 38-29. The Crimson had won six in a row before falling to Princeton in both games last year.
Last Time We Met
The Crimson had three players in double figures and shot 50 percent from the field to improve in a 73-67 win over Princeton Feb. 4.
Christine Clark equaled a then career-high in points for the fourth time, scoring 18 against the Tigers. She was 5-for-11 from the field and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. She also pulled down five rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Brogan Berry added 17 points on a 7-for-10 shooting performance and eight assists. Victoria Lippert scored 14 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
The Crimson held a 35-25 lead at the half before Princeton cut into the advantage and took a 62-59 led in the final minute of the game.
On the Line
Christine Matera has started 53 games in a row for the Crimson. Brogan Berry has a streak of 68 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 82 of the 83 games she has suited up for. Berry has 72 straight games with at least one point. Victoria Lippert has scored in 55 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 628 rebounds to her credit. Markley is ninth in scoring with 1,257 career points.
Brogan Berry is sixth on the all-time assists list. She has 388 to her credit.
Joining the Club
Emma Markley became the 14th women's basketball player at Harvard to score at least 1,000 points. She scored her 1,000th career point when her eighth point of the game with 4:43 left against BU (Nov. 23).
Two months later, Brogan Berry became the 15th player to accomplish that feat, when her third basket of the game against Columbia (Feb. 19) gave her 1,001 career points. She enters the weekend with 1,032 points.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry is sixth on the all-time career assists list with 388 handouts. She is 14 away from tying Heidi Kosh '91, who is fifth with 402. Jennifer Monti '02 holds the program record of 558.
A 1,000 Points
Brogan Berry and Emma Markley reached the 1,000 point mark during the 2010-11 season. It is 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 is first in Ivy League scoring putting up 72.9 points per game, 3.7 better than second-place Princeton.
The Crimson ranks 30th in the nation in scoring as well.
The Right Touch
Four of the top-eight scorers in the Ivy League don the crimson and white. Brogan Berry is third (14.0 points per game), Victoria Lippert is fourth (13.8 ppg), Emma Markley is sixth (13.1 ppg) and Christine Clark is eighth (12.0 ppg).
Stellar Free Throw Shooting
The Crimson is shooting 76.5 percent from the free throw line, best in the Ivy League and 11th in the nation.
Christine Clark is first in the Ivy League and 54th in the nation with an 83.0 clip from the charity stripe.
In the Hoop
Harvard holds the second through fourth position in the top five in field goal percentage in the league. Victoria Lippert is second at .518, followed by Christine Clark (.512) and Emma Markley (.472). Brogan Berry (.459) is seventh.