Women's Basketball Returns to Lavietes Sunday Against NJIT
The Crimson will host NJIT at Laveites Pavilion Sun. Jan. 9. The game is the third since the New Year for each school.
NJIT enters the game having defeated Harvard's Ivy League foe Brown, 63-61, Jan. 6. The Crimson will be looking to rebound from an 80-78 loss to Boston College the same night.
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Last Time Out
Boston College knocked off the Crimson, scoring a put-back shot with a second left on the clock, Thursday night.
Harvard shot 50 percent from the field, but were outrebounded 42-29 in the game, including allowing the Eagles to grab 21 offensive boards.
Brogan Berry was one of five Crimson players to score in double figures, leading the team with 17 points against BC.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 3-1 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.
A Welcome Break
The game against NJIT concludes a Crimson streak of four games in 11 days. A win over the Highlanders will give Harvard a 2-2 record over that stretch after defeating Massachusetts at home a week ago and dropping road contests to Dayton and Boston College.
The Crimson will have six days off before hosting Dartmouth to open the Ivy League schedule.
Harvard will be seeking its second win in back-to-back seasons against the Highlanders. The first ever game between the schools occurred last season on Jan. 12, 2010. The Crimson came away with a 69-53 victory.
On the Line
Emma Markley has started 43 straight games for the Crimson and 69 total contests.
Brogan Berry has a streak of 55 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 69 of the 70 games she has suited up for. The Beavercreak, Ohio native has 59 straight games with at least one point.
Victoria Lippert has scored in 41 straight games.
Make it 100
Emma Markley is three games away from her 100th appearance in a crimson and white uniform.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Entering the week, Harvard was first in the Ivy League in scoring offense, putting up 73.8 points per game, 2.1 better than second-place Princeton.
The League's Choice
Victoria Lippert was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Jan. 3 for her performances against Dayton and UMass.
Lippert averaged 19.5 points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench in a win and a loss for the Crimson last week. She scored a season-high 22 points and handed out a career-high four assists at Dayton. Lippert posted 17 points, including 10 in the first half in an 83-70 win over Massachusetts. She has six rebounds, two steals, a block and a steal against the Minutewomen.
Lippert, who was also named Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week, earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week four times last year.
Stellar Free Throw Shooting
Berry entered the week of Jan. 3 ranked 28th nationally, and is currently fourth in the Ancient Eight in free throw shooting. She has converted 44-of-52 attempts, good for 84.6 percent.
As a team, the Crimson is shooting 77.9 percent from the free throw line, best in the Ivy League.
The Crimson are second in the Ivy League in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 6.67 per contest this season.
Harvard is unbeaten when allowing between 50-59 points, when it has more assists, when it is shooting 35 percent from downtown, on Friday nights and against the America East.
Cashing in Dimes
Led by Brogan Berry's 3.92 assists per game, three Crimson players average 2.0 or more assists a game. Christine Matera (2.3) and Christine Clark (2.3) have also had the helping hand.
As well as leading the Ivy League in assists per game, Berry's turnover-to-assist ratio of 1.96 ranks 29th in the nation.
Harvard is 3-1 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), hit 33-of-63 from the floor against Hartford (Dec. 3) and went 36-of-70 versus New Hampshire (Dec. 10). The lone loss came Jan. 6 against BC when the Crimson shot 30-of-60 (50 percent), yet lost 80-78.
In the Hoop
Freshman Christine Clark leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage, hitting 56.8 percent of her shots.
Second Half Scoring
Harvard has scored 494 of its 886 points in the second half which means 55.8 percent of the Crimson scoring has come in the second 20 minutes of action.
In 2008-09, Brogan Berry (100) and Emily Tay '09 (151) become just the third set of Harvard teammates to hand out 100 assists each in a season. Jessica Holsey '06 (132) and Katie Murphy '05 (104) were the last to do it, while Maura Healy '92 (150) and Erin Maher '93 (117) first turned the trick during the 1991-92 season.