Photo of Emma Golen courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard dives into Ivy League play with a road trip to New York state to take on Columbia and Cornell. The Crimson looks to extend its longest win streak of the season.
Last Time Out
Harvard downed Seattle, 69-55, Saturday afternoon at Connolly Center thanks to four Crimson players scoring in double digits. The Crimson battled back from a 10-point-second half deficit to earn its third win in a row.
Miriam Rutzen recorded her first collegiate double-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists – all career highs. Brogan Berry tallied 16 points and led the team with four steals. Victoria Lippert and Emma Markley joined them in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 5-1 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.
Harvard and the Ivy League
Harvard is 298-152 all-time against its league foes. The Crimson holds 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.
Harvard vs. the New York Ivies
Harvard holds a 98-13 overall record against Columbia and Cornell, including a 57-2 mark at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson is 47-2 all time versus Columbia and is 51-11 against Cornell.
The Columbia Series
Harvard holds a 47-2 lead in the all-time series that began in 1980. The Crimson and Lions split the series in 2008-09 with each team winning away from their home court. Harvard's two losses (the other Feb. 12, 1999) were both at Lavietes Pavilion.
The Cornell Series
Harvard has more wins against Cornell than any other school it has faced. The Crimson is 51-11 all-time against the Big Red. Harvard, who has won four straight and nine of the last 10, is unbeaten at home against the Big Red.
Harvard played its 450th conference game against Dartmouth (Jan. 15).
Won't Happen Twice
The Crimson has not lost back-to-back regular season Ivy League games since the 2003-04 season.
On the Verge of a Milestone
The Crimson is two wins away from recording its 300th Ivy League victory. Only Dartmouth has surpassed the 300 mark with a 301-131 mark against it Ancient Eight foes.
On the Line
Christine Matera has started 43 games in a row for the Crimson. Brogan Berry has a streak of 58 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 72 of the 73 games she has suited up for. The Beavercreak, Ohio native has 62 straight games with at least one point.
Victoria Lippert has scored in 45 straight games.
Emma Markley had a streak of starting 45 straight games heading into Harvard's game at Seattle. The senior came off the bench against the Red Hawks after an illness earlier in the week limited her availability.
Make it 100
Christine Matera played in her 100th game in a Harvard uniform against Dartmouth Jan. 15, while Emma Markley made her 100th appearance in a crimson and white uniform against Seattle Jan. 22.
Crashing the Top-10
Emma Markley is one rebound away from cracking the top-10 in rebounds at Harvard. She has 575 boards thus far and needs 576 to make the top-10.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry is seventh on the all-time career assists list with 333 handouts. She is 11 away from tying Elizabeth Proudfit '96 who is sixth with 344. Jennifer Monti '02 holds the program record of 558.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Entering the week, Harvard was first in the Ivy League in scoring offense, putting up 74.2 points per game, 3.5 better than second-place Princeton.
The Crimson ranks 30th in the nation in scoring offense as well.
The Right Touch
Four of the top-10 scorers in the Ivy League standings don the crimson and white. Brogan Berry is third (14.5 points per game), Victoria Lippert and Emma Markley and are tied for sixth (12.9 ppg) and Christine Clark is 10th (11.6 ppg).
Miriam Rutzen went 6-of-7 from the field for 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out five assists (all career highs) in Harvard's win at Seattle. She also blocked two shots and collected two steals in 37 minutes of action.
Must Have Been the Jetlag
Harvard struggled in the first half against Seattle scoring just 19 points and committing 18 turnovers in 20 minutes. But the Crimson rallied in the second stanza with 50 points and just three turnovers.
Stellar Free Throw Shooting
Berry is 29th nationally, and second in the Ancient Eight in free throw shooting. She has converted 51-of-59 attempts, good for 86.4 percent.
As a team, the Crimson is shooting 76.1 percent from the free throw line, best in the Ivy League and 17th in the nation.
The Crimson leads the Ivy League in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 7.2 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.
Emma Says No
Emma Markley leads the league and is 43rd in the nation in blocked shots. She averages 2.0 per game.