Photo of Miriam Rutzen courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard travels to UMass in its last game against an in state opponent for the 2009-10 season.
Last Time Out
Victoria Lippert led three Crimson players in double figures as Harvard beat the visiting Navy Midshipmen, 71-55, Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Emma Markley and Brogan Berry added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Markley was 7-for-16 from the floor and Berry was 4-for-7 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
The Crimson trailed just one time in the game and led by as many as 21 in a contest that saw 17 Navy turnovers. Harvard shot beetter than 54 percent in the second half to pull away.
Way to Start
Harvard’s 7-4 record through 11 games matches the start of the 2008-09 season that saw the Crimson finish 19-10 overall.
Harvard Runs This Town
The Crimson won all three of its games against Boston area schools this season. Harvard defeated Boston College (82-81), Boston University (85-68) and Northeastern (90-85) all on its home court. The Crimson averaged 85.6 points per game against its Beantown neighbors.
Harvard also defeated Holy Cross, 74-57, last month to make it 4-0 against teams from Massachusetts. The Crimson will try to make it 5-0 when it plays at UMass on Wednesday.
Scouting the Minutewomen
UMass is 6-8 overall and coming off a 49-65 loss to Maine on Saturday at home.
Kristina Danella leads the Minutewomen in scoring with 13.9 points per game. Nicole Jones and Megan Zullo average 9.6 and 9.4 ppg, respectively. Danella pulls down 6.5 rebounds per game while Diatiema Hill dishes out 3.5 assists per contest.
UMass is shooting 37.5 percent from the field, 33 percent from behind the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line.
Beginning in 1977, Harvard and Massachusetts met on the hardwood every year until 1991 but have not played each other since. Harvard won the last meeting, 55-51, but trails the overall series, 3-12.
Standing on Common Ground
Harvard and UMass have six opponents in common this season: Boston University, Brown, Maine, New Hampshire, NJIT and Northeastern.
Harvard is 3-1 in games against these opponents, with NJIT and Brown ahead on the schedule. UMass was 3-3 against these six teams, beating Boston University, NJIT and Brown.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson is off to its best start at home since the 1997-98 season with a 6-0 record at Lavietes Pavilion this season.
Harvard has had the scoring touch at Lavietes Pavilion averaging 79 points per game at home this season.
Jackie Alemany has had a steal in seven of Harvard’s 11 games this seaon. In five of those games, Alemany grabbed two or more steals.
Among the Best
In all games through Jan. 3, Emma Markley ranks 54th in the nation in blocks (1.9 per game). Brogan Berry ranks 13th in the nation in assists (6.4 per game) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (2.5).
Harvard is ninth in free throw shooting percentage (.778) and 33rd in three-point field goal percentage (.370).
League Leaders (as of Jan. 3)
Brogan Berry leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.5), assists (6.4) and free throw percentage (.862).
Lucky Number 28
In each of Harvard’s six games at home this season, the team has made at least 28 field goals. The Crimson has also shot at least 44 percent in all games at Lavietes Pavilion this season.
First Time for Everything
Harvard made its first trip to Colorado in program history over Thanksgiving. It also played New Orleans and Navy for the first time on the hardwood. Another first time opponent for the Crimson this year is New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Harvard is 2-0 against first time opponents in 2009-10.
On the Bench
Kathy Delaney-Smith, the winningest coach in program history, is in her 28th season on the bench for the Crimson. Delaney-Smith, who has led the Crimson to 11 Ivy League titles, recorded her 400th career victory with a 68-47 win over Brown on March 7, 2008. She sports a 426-303 record 11 games into her 28th season.
Assistant Coach Bri Fecteau is back for her seventh season,
while Kelly Finley returns for her second. She served as a
volunteer assistant in 2008-09. Todd Earl, another Colorado State
graduate, joins the staff as a volunteer coach this season.