Women's Basketball Closes Out Season at Dartmouth Tuesday
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard looks to finish the season off with a win when it closes out the 2011 season with a trip to Dartmouth.
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 dropped a close contest to Ivy League champion Princeton Saturday, 68-59. Senior co-captain Christine Matera led four Crimson players in double figures.
Matera was 5-of-9 from the field with three three-pointers for a total of 13 points. Brogan Berry and Victoria Lippert scored 12 each, while Christine Clark contributed with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson finished the season 8-2 at home posted a 12-1 record at Lavietes Pavilion in 2009-10, which was the best home record since going unbeaten in 1997-98.
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 236-156 all-time against its league foes. The Crimson holds the lead in all seven conference series with the closest series record coming against Dartmouth. Brown has won 32 games against the Crimson and Dartmouth has earned 31 victories against its travel partner.
Harvard had its best start in league play since the 2002-03 season going 5-0 to open the 2010-11 Ivy campaign.
The Dartmouth Series
Harvard and Dartmouth have met on the court 68 times over the past 35 years, with the Crimson leading the series, 37-31. The Big Green has won five of the past 10 meetings, including four of the last five.
Last Time We Met
Harvard defeated Dartmouth, 82-49, Jan.15 in one of the most lopsided games in series history. The 33 point margin of victory equaled the largest win in program history for the Crimson, set in 1993. Christine Clark led the Crimson with her first collegiate double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Clark was 7-of-10 from the field, equaling a career-high in points and pulling down a collegiate-best 10 boards. Brogan Berry contributed 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Emma Markley had 16 points, four steals and four blocks in the winning effort.
Harvard played its 450th conference game against Dartmouth (Jan. 15).
On the Line
Christine Matera has started 55 games in a row for the Crimson. Brogan Berry has a streak of 70 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 84 of the 85 games she has suited up for. Berry has 74 straight games with at least one point. Victoria Lippert has scored in 57 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 637 rebounds to her credit. Markley is eighth in scoring with 1,272 career points.
Brogan Berry is sixth on the all-time assists list. She has 393 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).
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 Tuesday's game with 1,054 points. and 13th on the list.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry is sixth on the all-time career assists list with 393 handouts. She is nine away from tying Heidi Kosh '91, who is fifth with 402. Jennifer Monti '02 holds the program record of 558.
Buckets and Boards
With 1,272 points and 637 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.
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 71.8 points per game, 2.2 better than second-place Princeton.
The Crimson ranks 30th in the nation in scoring as well.
The Right Touch
Four of the top-10scorers in the Ivy League don the crimson and white. Brogan Berry is second (13.8 points per game), Victoria Lippert is fourth (13.7 ppg), Emma Markley is sixth (12.7ppg) and Christine Clark is 10th (11.8 ppg).
Harvard scored 20 points off 19 Dartmouth turnovers Jan. 15. The Crimson also scored 20 second chance points, 19 fast break points and got 19 points from its bench.
Harvard held Dartmouth to 42 points (Jan. 15), Cornell to 36 points (Jan. 29) and Columbia to 46 points (Feb. 19). Harvard held its opponents under 50 points twice last year.
Stellar Free Throw Shooting
The Crimson is shooting 76.3 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 81.9 clip from the charity stripe.
Five for Fighting
Harvard has had five different starting lineups this season. Brogan Berry, Christine Matera, Christine Clark, Victoria Lippert and Emma Markley; Jasmine Evans, Matera, Clark, Lippert and Markley; Berry, Clark, Lippert, Matera and Miriam Rutzen combined for a start; Berry, Matera, Clark, Rutzen and Markley; and Alemany, Berry, Clark, Markley and Matera.