CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off an 18-win season, the 2011-12 Harvard women's basketball team will play 12 home games at Lavietes Pavilion where it has posted a 26-4 record in its last 30 games.
Behind head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, now in her 30th year at the helm, and team MVP Brogan Berry, the Crimson will make its 2011 debut Nov. 12-13 at the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa. Harvard begins play against the host Iowa team and will play either Butler or UNLV the following day.
Berry, a rising senior, took home team MVP honors for a second-straight year in 2010-11 after leading the team in scoring and ranking second in the Ivy League at 13.9 points per game. She also led the team and the Ivy League in assists per game, averaging 4.6. Her 2.25 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 10th nationally and led the Ancient Eight. She joined the 1,000 point club in February and moved into 13th on Harvard's all-time scoring list.
After a Nov. 18 road game at Providence, Harvard opens its home schedule Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. against the University of Rhode Island. That game kicks off a three-game homestand which also sees the Crimson host Holy Cross (Nov. 27) and Boston University (Nov. 30).
The month of December sees the Crimson travel to New Hampshire on the 6th before taking to the road for the two-day Minnesota Tournament, Dec. 9-10, with opposing teams yet to be determined.
After a holiday recess, St. John's visits Lavietes Pavilion on Dec. 22 for a 3 p.m. game. The Red Storm becomes the first Big East team to play in Lavietes since Providence in 2007. The last BCS team to visit Lavietes was Boston College in 2009 with Harvard defending home court in an 82-81 victory over the Eagles.
Harvard then takes to the road for three games, at Hartford (Dec. 29), at Massachusetts (Jan. 3) and at Texas Christian University (TCU) on Jan. 7. Harvard also opens its Ivy League slate on the road at Dartmouth on Jan. 14.
To bridge the gap between a 13-day rest in league play, Harvard plays its final nonleague contest against North Dakota on Jan. 17.
Ivy League weekend play begins in earnest Jan. 27-28 with home games against Yale and Brown. As it has in recent years, Harvard will play Friday night home games at 7 p.n. and Saturday games at 6 p.m.
The Crimson opens the month of February at Cornell and Columbia (Feb. 3-4) before returning home against Feb. 10-11 against Penn and Princeton. Harvard's toughest road trip takes place the weekends of Feb. 17-18 and 24-25 at Brown-Yale and Princeton-Penn, respectively.
The Crimson closes its weekend games against Columbia and Cornell March 2-3 before its finale versus Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 6.