Photo of Miram Rutzen courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard heads to the state of Colorado for the first time in program history to face New Orleans and Colorado or Georgia Southern in the Omni Hotels Classic.
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A Long List of First
Not only is this the first trip to the Centennial State, its the first meeting between the Crimson and the Privateers on the hardwood. If Harvard meets Georgia Southern in the second game of the Omni Hotel Classic it will also be a first.
Long Road Ahead
This weekend’s games are the third and fourth in a row on the road for the Crimson. It equals Harvard’s longest stretch away from Lavietes Pavilion this season. The Crimson returns home Dec. 2 for three straight contests before winter break.
Last Time Out
New Hampshire outlasted Harvard, 78-65 in overtime Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Emma Markley led the Crimson with a game-high 21 points. Brogan Berry had 15 and Victoria Lippert added 13. Jackie Alemany pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds.
After a slow start, the Crimson battled back from a 15 point first half deficit to tie the game late in the second and send it into overtime. All 13 of Lippert’s points game in the second half, while Berry combined for 13 in the second half and extra session.
First Time for Everything
Other first time opponents this season include, Navy, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and New Orleans.
Harvard shot just 16.7 percent from the field in the first half against New Hampshire. The Crimson, entered the week as the second best shooting team in the Ivy League at 46.8 percent.
The Crimson collected 11 steals against New Hampshire to match its season high set against Maine. Jackie Alemany and Brogan Berry each had three stolen balls in the game.
In the Extra Frame
The overtime game against New Hampshire was just the second overtime contest in four years for the Crimson. Harvard went into overtime with Northeastern (12/31/08), but prior to that had not played the extra frame since Jan. 8, 2005, at Dartmouth.
It was the eight overtime game for the Crimson since the turn of the century. Harvard is 4-4 in extra frame contests since February 2000.
Harvard has three players who average 10.0 points per game or more. Emma Markley leads the team with 15.5 ppg, followed by Victoria Lippert with 15.0 ppg. and Brogan Berry with 11.3 ppg.
Crash Those Boards
Jackie Alemany grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds against New Hampshire It’s the most rebounds for a Harvard player so far this season.
Reaching a Milestone
Harvard recorded its 500th program win Jan. 30, 2009 against Penn. Harvard is the first Ivy League school and first Division I program in Boston to accomplish that feat. The Crimson has 512 victories heading into the weekend trip to Colorado.
A Glance at the Privateers
New Orleans opened the season with wins over McNeese State (62-53) and Nicholls (60-50) before falling to Southern Methodist (63-52).
Brittany Helm leads the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game, while Candice McGee has dominated the rebounding, averaging 9.0 boards per game. Talisha Young and Talisha Bridges are also scoring threats with 9.3 and 9.0 ppg.
The Privateers are shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from the three-point line and 68.6 percent from the free throw line.
New Orleans is averaging 58.0 points per game and allowing just 55.3 ppg. The Privateers have been outrebounded by its opponents, 125-111, so far this season.
This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Scouting the Buffaloes
Colorado started the season off with wins over UC Irvine (61-56) and Illinois-Chicago (63-49)before falling to Minnesota (87-78)on the road.
Colorado has three players averaging double figures, led by Brittany Spears, who has 21.3 ppg. She is a double threat, averaging 11.3 rebounds per game. Bianca Smith and Whitney Houston average 12.7 and 10.5 ppg.
This is just the second meeting between the two teams. Colorado won the first meeting, 85-81, at the Subway Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 22, 2003.
Scouting the Eagles
Georgia Southern heads to Colorado with a 1-2 record after falling to Auburn 62-56 Tuesday night. The Eagles lone win came against Brewton-Parker (96-44).
J’Lisia Ogburn has led the Eagles in scoring in all three games and averages 13.3 points per game. Jessica Geiger leads the team in rebounds with 6.7 per game.
Despite a 1-2 record, Georgia Southern has outscored its opponents, 194-175.
This would be the first meeting between the two schools.