Photo of co-captain Jackie Alemany courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.
Harvard opens Ivy League play with Dartmouth Saturday. The Crimson looks to earn back-to-back wins at home after defeating NJIT Jan. 9 at Lavietes Pavilion.
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Last Time Out
The Crimson downed NJIT, 76-64, Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Junior Brogan Berry led four Crimson players in double figures with 16 points. Harvard improves to 7-6 on the season and 4-1 at home.
Berry went 6-of-9 from the field, including a 4-of-6 effort from beyond the arc to lead the Crimson in scoring for the third straight game. Senior Emma Markley recorded 13 points, while senior co-captain Christine Matera and sophomore Victoria Lippert had 11 each. Freshman Christine Clark crashed the boards with a career-high eight rebounds.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 4-1 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
After playing four games in 11 days, Harvard has just two contests during a 14 day stretch. The Crimson faces Dartmouth Saturday and then meets Seattle a week later.
After an 0-4 start, the Big Green put together three straight wins including a 75-72 overtime victory at Bryant to improve to 3-4 overall. Dartmouth won just one of its next seven contests after losing Brittany Smith, a two-time first-team All-Ivy League selection and former conference player of the year, to a season-ending injury.
The Big Green is coming off a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Rhode Island, 69-66. Faziah Steen led Dartmouth with 18 points in the loss.
Steen and Sasha Dosenko have taken over the scoring lead, averaging 10.6 and 8.1 ppg. respectively. Cassie Cooper has controlled the rebounding, averaging 5.5 boards per game. .
Dartmouth is shooting 35.5 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 60.8 percent from the charity stripe.
The Big Green is averaging 54.1 ppg. and allowing 58.8.
The Dartmouth Series
Harvard and Dartmouth have met on the court 67 times over the past 35 years, with the Crimson leading the series, 36-31. The Big Green has won six of the past 10 meetings, including the last four. The Big Green last won on Harvard's home turf on Jan. 5, 2008, a feat that has happened just nine times since 1976.
Harvard's 64-59 win March 9 snapped a four-game losing streak to the Big Green.
Harvard and the Ivy League
Harvard is 297-152 all-time against its league foes. The Crimson hold the lead in all seven conference series with the closest series record coming against Dartmouth. Brown and Dartmouth have both won 31 games against the Crimson.
The Crimson is picked to finish second in the Ivy League by the a panel of media and league sports information directors. Princeton was picked to finish atop the League. 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 has 11 Ivy League trophies. The Crimson has won two of the last four conference crowns and five of the last nine.
On the Line
Emma Markley has started 44 straight games for the Crimson and 70 total contests.
Brogan Berry has a streak of 56 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 70 of the 71 games she has suited up for. The Beavercreak, Ohio native has 60 straight games with at least one point.
Victoria Lippert has scored in 42 straight games.
Make it 100
Emma Markley is two games away from her 100th appearance in a crimson and white uniform.
Crashing the Top-10
Emma Markley is 12 rebounds away from cracking the top-10 in rebounds at Harvard. She has 564 boards thus bar and needs 576 to make the top-10.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Entering the week, Harvard was first in the Ivy League in scoring offense, putting up 74.0 points per game, 4.7 better than second-place Princeton.
The Crimson ranks 27th in the nation in scoring offense as well.
Stellar Free Throw Shooting
Berry is 51st nationally, and 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 77.4 percent from the free throw line, best in the Ivy League and 11th in the nation.
The Crimson is second in the Ivy League in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 7.23 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.
The Crimson drained 14 three-pointers against NJIT, just two shy of the program record for trifectas in a game.
How Can I Assist
Harvard handed out 25 assists on 30 baskets against NJIT. Nine players had at least one helper, while Brogan Berry (6) and Christine Clark (4) combined for 10.
Cashing in Dimes
Led by Brogan Berry's 4.08 assists per game, three Crimson players average 2.0 or more assists a game. Christine Clark (2.3) and Christine Matera (2.2) have also had the helping hand.
As well as leading the Ivy League in assists per game, Berry's turnover-to-assist ratio of 2.04 ranks 22nd 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 56.0 percent of her shots.
Second Half Scoring
Harvard has scored 527 of its 962 points in the second half which means 55 percent of the Crimson scoring has come in the second 20 minutes of action.
Honored by the League
Brogan Berry, Victoria Lippert and Christine Clark have been honored by the Ivy League this season as either player or rookie of the week.
11/15 Brogan Berry POW
11/22 Christine Clark ROW
12/6 Christine Clark ROW
12/13 Brogan Berry POW
1/3 Victoria Lippert POW