Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
The Crimson hosts Northeastern in its third straight home contests Wednesday night. This is Harvard’s last game before a 20-day layoff for exams and winter break
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Home Sweet Home
The Crimson is off to its best start at home since the 1997-98 season with a 4-0 record at Lavietes Pavilion this season.
Harvard has had the scoring touch at Lavietes Pavilion averaging
78.3 points per game at home this season.
Last Time Out
Brogan Berry led four Harvard players in double figures with 19 points as the Crimson handed Boston University an 85-68 loss Sunday afternoon.
Junior Emma Markley had her second straight double-double as she scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Junior co-captains Christine Matera and Claire Wheeler joined Berry and Markley in double figures with 16 and 14, respectively.
The Crimson turned a 13 points early second half deficit into a 17-point victory. Harvard shot 66.7 percent in the second half and connected on eight three-pointers to turn the game around.
Way to Start
Harvard is off to its best start since the 2004-05 season. A win against the Huskies will give the Crimson a 6-3 mark and its best record to start the season since 2001-02.
Harvard vs. the Bay State
The Crimson is 3-0 in games against teams from its home state. Harvard has two more contests against Bay Staters this season, Wednesday against Northeastern and Jan. 6 at Massachusetts.
Block That Shot
Junior Emma Markley has 17 blocks this season for an average of 2.1 per game. She set a Colorado Tournament record for blocks in a game with six against New Orleans (Nov. 27), while Harvard’s 10 blocks against the Privateers was also a tournament record.
Scouting the Huskies
Northeastern has gotten back on track after a tough loss to Connecticut to start the season. The Huskies have won three straight and five of its last six games. Northeastern is coming off an 89-82 double overtime win over Holy Cross Saturday on the road.
Brittany Wilson paces the Huskies in scoring with 16.4 points per game. Kendra Walton, Kashaia Cannon and Jamie Conroy average just over 10 ppg. Conroy leads the team in rebounding with 5.1 per game.
Northeastern is averaging 71.7 points per game and giving up 68.9 ppg. The Huskies are shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 78 percent from the free throw line and 29.1 percent from three-point land.
It took a little extra time, but Harvard closed out the 2008 calendar year with a 78-72 overtime win over Northeastern Dec. 31 at Solomon Court. Niki Finelli ’09 was one of four Crimson players in double figures with a game-high 18 points.
The Crimson led 29-28 at the half in a game that went back and forth throughout both halves. Harvard outscored the home team, 11-5, in the overtime frame to pick up the win.
Harvard and Northeastern have meet 26 times on the hardwood with the Huskies owning a 16-11 lead in the all-time series. Harvard’s overtime win last year was the first victory against Northeastern since 2002 (six meetings). The Huskies have won seven of the last 10 games.
Junior Emma Markley recorded her second double-double of the season and 10th of her career against Boston University. She scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against the Terriers. She has six double-doubles as a sophomore and two as a rookie.
Among the Best
Entering this week, Emma Markley ranked 31st in the nation in blocks (2.1 per game). Brogan Berry ranked 11th in the nation in assists (6.8 per game) and 17th in assist/turnover ratio (2.57).
League Leaders (as of Dec. 6)
Emma Markley paces the league in blocked shots with 2.1 per game, while Brogan Berry leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.6)
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring offense with 72.5 points per game. The Crimson leads the Ancient Eight in field goal percentage (.441), free throw percentage (.783) and blocked shots (4.8 per game).
Player of the Week
Emma Markley was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Dec. 6 after recording back-to-back double-doubles. Markley is a three time POW selection this season.
Markley averaged 17.0 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. She scored 18 points, pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds, blocked two shots and collected two steals in a 74-57 win over Holy Cross and then scored 16 point, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked a shot and collected a steal in a come-from-behind 85-68 win over Boston University.
The Crimson From Three
Harvard is averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game after eight contests, which ranks 25th in the nation. The Crimson hit 11 threes against Boston College and Boston University and posted double-digit treys three times. Harvard is shooting 40 percent from downtown, which stands 18th in the nation.
On the Bench
Kathy Delaney-Smith, the winningest coach in program history, is in her 28th 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 424-302 record eight games into her 28th season.
Assistant Coach Bri Fecteau is back for her seventh season, while Kelly Finley returns for her second. She served as a volunteer assistant in 2008-09. Todd Earl, another Colorado State graduate, joins the staff as a volunteer coach this season.