Photo of Christine Matera courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard travels north to New Hampshire for its second straight road game. The Crimson is looking for its first road win of the season.
Long Road Ahead
Tuesday’s game is the second in a string of four straight contests on the road for the Crimson. After the meeting with the Wildcats, Harvard heads to Colorado for a two contests (Nov. 27 and 28).
Last Time Out
Sophomore Brogan Berry led the Crimson with a season-high 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the long range shooting of Sacred Heart. Harvard suffered its first loss of the season, 92-77, Nov. 21.
Junior co-captain Christine Matera scored a season-high 12, all in the first half, while junior Emma Markley added 10 and sophomore Caitlin Rowland scored a career-high 11.
Harvard led by 10 after four minutes of play, but nine first half three-pointers kept the Pioneers in the game. The score was tied at 43 at the half. A 10-0 run by Sacred Heart to start the second put the Crimson in a hole, they couldn’t get out of.
The Crimson has had three different leading scorers in three games this season. Emma Markley, Victoria Lippert and Brogan Berry
More in Double Figures
Four Crimson players scored in double figures against Maine and Sacred Heart. Harvard accomplished that feat nine times last season.
The Other Team
Harvard has not allowed 90 or more points by an opponent since Southern California scored 95, Dec. 20, 2008. It is only the second time since the start of the 2006-07 season that a team has put up that many points against the Crimson.
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring offense with 77.0 points per game. The Crimson also leads the Ancient Eight in free throw percentage (.778), three-point field goal percentage (.482), three-point field goals made (9.0 per game), blocked shots (4.0 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1).
Harvard has five players who average 10.0 points per game or more. Victoria Lippert leads the team with 15.7 ppg., followed by Emma Markley (13.7 ppg.), Claire Wheeler (10.3 ppg.), Christine Matera (10.0 ppg.) and Brogan Berry (10.0 ppg.)
The Crimson From Three
Harvard is averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game after three contests. The Crimson hit 11 threes against Boston College, 10 against Maine and six at Sacred Heart. Harvard is shooting 48.2 percent from beyond the arc this season.
Crash Those Boards
Jackie Alemany grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Maine. It’s the most rebounds for a Harvard player so far this season.
A Helping Hand
Brogan Berry handed out a career-high nine assists against Boston College and Maine. She leads the team and in second in the Ivy League in assists with 7.3 per game.
A Glance at the Wildcats
New Hampshire is coming off a one-point win over Massachusetts at home Friday night. The Wildcats overcame an 18 point deficit to pick up its second win of the season.
Candace Williams led the team with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Denise Beliveau had 15 points, including 11 in the second half.
Beliveau leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game and Williams is second with 10.7 ppg. Both Wildcats average a team-best 5.7 rebound per game.
UNH is 2-0 at Lundholm Gymnasium after opening the season with a 64-56 win over Saint Joseph’s. The Wildcats’ only loss of the season came on the road at No. 21 Maryland (63-43).
Emma Markley was one of three Crimson players in double figures as Harvard turned a 39-24 halftime lead into an 81-58 victory over the Wildcats Dec. 3, 2008. Niki Finelli ’09 added 15, while Brogan Berry had 14.
The Crimson shot 56.0 percent from the field and dominated the glass, outrebounding UNH, 39-26.
New Hampshire holds a 16-7 lead in the all-time series, but the Crimson has had the upper hand in the last three contests. Two of those wins have been by a combined 10 points, while last year’s victory was a 25 point margin.
The Crimson and the America East
Harvard trails 39-45 in games against teams currently in the America East Conference. The Crimson is 1-0 against the conference this season after defeating Maine, 72-56, Nov. 17, and is 4-1 dating back to last season.