Photo of Jasmine Evans courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard returns home for its first contest in 2011. The Crimson hosts Massachusetts in the first of two straight games against Bay State opponents and the second against an A10 foe.
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All Cambridge and Allston-Brighton residents will have free admission to Sunday's contest. In addition, all children ages 12 and under will be admitted for free.
Last Time Out
Victoria Lippert scored a season-high 22 points to lead three Harvard players in the double figures but it wasn't enough in a 101-80 loss to Dayton Thursday night.
Harvard shot 44.3 percent from the floor and pulled down 38 rebounds.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 2-1 at home this season, posted a 12-1 record at Lavietes Pavilion in 2009-10, which was the best home record since going unbeaten in 1997-98.
Busy Road Ahead
Harvard enters a busy stretch coming out of the holiday break with four games in 11 days. Sunday's game against Massachusetts is the second in that stretch and the first of three games in eight days. Harvard makes the short trip to neighbor Boston College for a Jan. 6 contest and welcomes NJIT Jan. 9.
We Meet Again
Massachusetts holds a 12-4 lead in the all-time series with the Crimson, but Harvard has had the upper hand winning the last three meetings, including a 72-60 victory in Amherst last year.
UMass won the first 10 meetings beginning in 1977. Last year's game was the first meeting since 1991.
The History Book Says
Harvard has two Atlantic 10 teams on its schedule for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Crimson faced off against Dayton in Ohio Dec. 30. Entering Sunday's game, the Crimson was 4-13 against teams from the A10.
The Crimson has played seven teams that currently reside in the Atlantic 10. The Crimson is 13-25 overall against those teams. Harvard will face two A10 opponents this season marking the first time since the 2005-06 season when the Crimson played Rhode Island (W, 77-48) and Richmond (L, 63-47).
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 444-313 record 10 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.
That's a Streak
Harvard went 385 games without letting its opponent reach the century mark. Dayton (Dec. 30) scored 101 points on the Crimson, prior to that game, the last time an opponent accomplished that feat was March 15, 1996 against Vanderbilt in the NCAA tournament (100).
Welcome to the 80s
Harvard had gone 33-0 since 2004-05 when scoring 80 or more points in a game until its 101-80 loss to Dayton (Dec. 30). Prior to that the last time Harvard scored 80 points and did not pick up the win was Jan. 10, 2004 against Dartmouth (93-88).
She Calls it Home
Harvard will play in five states that the Crimson call home. Jackie Alemany and Emma Markley (New York), Brogan Berry (Ohio), Elle Hagedorn (Pennsylvania), Christine Matera (New Jersey) and Claire Wheeler (Maryland).
Second Half Scoring
Harvard has scored 412 of its 725 points in the second half which means 57 percent of the Crimson scoring has come in the second 20 minutes of action.