Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard plays the final contests in a five-game road swing to open the 2010-11 season Sunday at Holy Cross.
Last Time Out
Four Crimson players scored in double figures and Harvard shot better than 50 percent from the field to defeat Boston University, 69-58, Tuesday night.
After a back-and-forth start to the game, Harvard used a three-pointer to take the lead with 15:40 to play and never relinquished it. Harvard led by as many as 16 in the second half. The Crimson scored 10 second chance points and had 19 tallies from the bench.
Harvard is 3-1 on the season, matching last year's start. A win against the Crusaders will allow the Crimson to match a 4-1 last accomplished 2004-05.
Harvard vs. Bay State Schools
Harvard, which won the unofficial Massachusetts title last season by beating Boston University, Boston College, Holy Cross, Massachusetts and Northeastern is 1-0 against schools from the Bay State in 2010-11.
After Nov. 19's win over Oral Roberts, the Crimson was the only team in the Ivy League without a loss.
A History Lesson
Holy Cross leads the series 6-5, but Harvard has had the upper hand in the last three games. The series began in 1978, but the two teams only met five times between then and 1999. The Crimson renewed the series in 2006 and have met every year since.
The History Book Says
Harvard has a comfortable 22-13 advantage against schools from the Patriot League. The Crimson has a winning record against four teams: Army (6-2), Bucknell (2-1), Colgate (4-1) and Lafayette (2-1) and is tied with three schools: Holy Cross (5-5), Lehigh (2-2) and Navy (1-1).
Harvard's stretch of five road games to start the season is the first time in program history Harvard has started the season with that many road games.
On the Bench
Kathy Delaney-Smith, the winningest coach in program history, is in her 29th 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 442-309 record three games into the season.
Kelly Finley returns for her third season with the Crimson and first as top assistant. Missy Traversi begins her first season with the Crimson, while Jonah Goldschlag joins the staff as a volunteer coach this season.
Joining the Club
Emma Markley became the 14th women's basketball player at Harvard to score at least 1,000 points at Harvard. She scored her eighth point of the game with 4:43 left in the first half to put the Crimson up by nine.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry moved into second on the all-time single season assist list with 169 hand outs last year. She is also eighth on the all-time career assists list with 285 handouts, and she is one assist away from moving into seventh.
Board and Buckets
With 1,002 points and 511 rebounds to her credit, Markley joins only six other Harvard players to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in their carers. She joins Allison Feaster '98, Hana Pelijto '04, Reka Cserny '05, Tammy Butler '95, Deb Flandermeyer '93 and Sarah Duncan '89.
Markley is also one of four players to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks. Only Reka Cserny '05, Sarah Duncan '89 and Deb Flandermeyer '93 have also accomplished that feat.
Harvard is 1-0 on the season when shooting 50 percent from the field or better. The Crimson connected on 28-of-55 attempts from the field for a 50.9 percent shooting effort against Boston University (Nov. 23).
Crashing the Boards
The Crimson is 2-0 when winning the battle on the boards. Harvard outrebounded Oral Roberts, 42-30, and BU, 43-31.
Go Back to the 80s
Harvard is 31-0 since 2005-06 when scoring 80 or more points in a game. The last time Harvard scored 80 points and did not pick up the win was Jan. 10, 2004 against Dartmouth (93-88).
First Year Honored
Christine Clark was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Nov. 22) for her play at the Navy Classic. She averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds. 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game on the weekend. She scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Mid-Major No. 13 Oral Roberts.
11/15 Brogan Berry POW
11/22 Christine Clark ROW
The Crimson is picked to finish second in the Ivy League by a panel of media and league sports information directors. Princeton was picked first, while Harvard was second.
The Tigers went 14-0 last season to win the Ivy League title. Harvard picked up 115 points and one first-place vote. Dartmouth was voted to finish third (96), followed by Yale (84), Columbia (73), Brown (50), Cornell (39) and Penn (19).
Harvard Runs This Town...
The Crimson won all three of its games against Boston area schools in 2009-10. 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.
...Make That This State
For just the third time in program history, the Crimson played all five other Division I programs in the Bay State. In addition to the teams in Boston, Harvard defeated Holy Cross, 74-57, in December and beat UMass, 72-60, Jan. 6. The sweep of the in-state teams gives Harvard its first unofficial state title.