Women's Basketball Hosts Dartmouth in Final Regular Season Game

Women's Basketball Hosts Dartmouth in Final Regular Season Game

Jackie Alemany grabbed seven rebounds against Princeton (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

Game Notes

The Particulars

Harvard closes out its Ivy League season against Dartmouth Tuesday at Lavietes Pavilion. A win against the Big Green would give the Crimson its ninth season with 20 or more wins and best record at home since 2002-03.

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Greg Kadetsky will have the call for the Crimson Tuesday night with Brian Maurer providing color commentary. Click on the audio link above for more information on how to watch and listen to the Harvard women's basketball team this weekend.

Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson sports a 19-8 overall mark and a 10-3 Ivy League record and has won 10 of its last 12 games. Emma Markley continues to lead the team with 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Victoria Lippert is second in scoring with 13.2 points per game. Brogan Berry paces the team in assists with 5.7 per game and is third in scoring with 12.0 ppg.

The Crimson is shooting 43 percent from the field, which is second in the league. Harvard shoots a league-best 37.7 percent from beyond the three-point line and a league-best 74.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Crimson’s 68.9 points per game is second best in the league.

Last Time Out
Emma Markley posted her seventh double-double of the season and two other Crimson players scored in double figures but it wasn’t enough to overcome Princeton as Harvard fell 78-66 Saturday night.

Markley led the Crimson with 21 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 10-of-18 shots from the field. The Yorktown Heights, N.Y., native also had four blocks. Freshman Victoria Lippert added 15 points, while sophomore Brogan Berry had 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals on her 20th birthday. Junior Jackie Alemany also had seven boards.

A Winning Season
Harvard has already secured its 24th winning season in program history and 20th under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. This is the fourth season in a row with a record of .500 or better and eighth since 2000.

Home Sweet Home
The Crimson returns to Lavietes Pavilion after four road contests. Harvard is 11-1 at home this season and could have its best winning percentage at Lavietes since going unbeaten in 1997-98. The Crimson has already posted the most victories at home since 2002-03 with 11.

20 Win Plateau
Harvard is just one win away from its 20th victory of the season. The Crimson has 20 or more wins in one season eight times in program history. Harvard last accomplished that feat in the 2004-05 season.

Moving On Up
Brogan Berry has 156 assists entering the weekend which is second on the Harvard single season assists list. She is also ninth on the all-time career assists list with 256 handouts, she is six assists away from moving into eighth

Harvard Single Season Assists List
1.    Jennifer Monti    178
2.    Brogan Berry     156
3.    Heidi Kosh         152
4.    Jess Gelman      152
5.    Jennifer Monti    152
6.    Emily Tay          151
7.    Maura Jealy       150
8.    Emily Tay          147
9.    Jess Gelman      144
10.  Emily Tay          143
Postseason Action
The Crimson is headed to the postseason for the eighth time in program history and to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the second time in as many years. Harvard has made it to postseason play seven times including six trips to the NCAA tournament. The Crimson has played in the postseason four of the last five years, including a trip to the WNIT last year.

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth enters its final game of the season with an 11-16 overall record and a 6-7 Ivy League record. The Big Green is 2-3 in its last five games, having split with Penn and Princeton in its final home weekend.

Brittney Smith, the 2009 Ivy League Player of the Year, paces the team with 12.1 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game. Dartmouth has one of the stingiest defenses in the league, holding its opponents to just 58.9 ppg.

The Dartmouth Series
Harvard and Dartmouth have met on the court 66 times over the past 34 years, with the Crimson leading the series, 35-31. The Big Green has won eight of the past 11 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.

Last Meeting
Harvard fell to Dartmouth, 45-44, in the Ivy League opener for both teams Jan. 16. Juniors Emma Markley and Christine Matera led the Crimson in scoring with 11 points each. Markley grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the team along with Jackie Alemany. Harvard trailed 25-18 at the break and used the season half to chip away at the lead.

With under a minute to play, a layup by Alemany gave Harvard its first lead of the game since the opening possession to put the score at 44-43. But with five seconds left on the clock, Dartmouth’s Margaret Smith was fouled and sealed the victory for the Big Green as she made both of her free throws.

When Brogan Berry Has…
Nine assists in a game, the Crimson is 3-1.
Eight or more, the Crimson is 5-1.
Seven or more, the Crimson is 12-3.

League Leaders (as of March 7)
Brogan Berry leads the league in free throw shooting (.844) and assists (5.7). Emma Markley paces the conference in blocks per game (2.7) and Christine Matera leads the Ivies in three-point field goals made (2.4).

The Offense
Harvard ranks second in the Ivy League in scoring offense with 68.9 points per game. The Crimson leads the Ancient Eight in free throw percentage (.743), blocked shots (5.4 per game), three point field goal percentage (.377) and three-point field goals (6.9 per game).

Scoring Threats
Harvard has four players who average 10.0 points per game or more. Emma Markley leads the team with 14.3 ppg, followed by Victoria Lippert with 13.2 ppg., Brogan Berry with 12.0 ppg., and Christine Matera with 10.0 ppg.

Down But Not Out
In 2005 and 2008, the Crimson lost its Ivy League opener to Dartmouth and bounced back to win Ivy League titles. Harvard has also won Ancient Eight crowns in 1996, 2002 and 2007 after losing one of its first two conference games.

Block That Shot
Junior Emma Markley has 74 blocks this season for an average of 2.7 per game (first in the Ivy League). 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.

Junior Emma Markley had recorded seven double-doubles through 27 games this season, including a stretch of four in a row. Victoria Lippert posted her third collegiate double-double in Harvard’s win over Yale. The Crimson is 6-3 when a Harvard player notches a double-double.

Help Me, Help You
Sophomore Brogan Berry has 156 assists this season, averaging 5.7 per game. She has handed out nine, four times this season.

The Crimson From Three
Harvard is averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game after 275 contests. The Crimson hit 11 threes against Boston College and Boston University and posted double-digit treys three times. Harvard is shooting 38.0 percent from downtown, which stands 12th 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 438-307 record 27 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.