The Harvard women’s basketball team welcomes four members of the Class of 2014 this fall. Two guards and two forwards from three different states and Canada make up the Crimson’s newest members. Three of the four players were nominated as McDonald’s All-Americans while one is presently competing with the Canadian National Program.
Harvard, who has won five Ivy League titles in the last 10 years finished either first or second in the Ancient Eight in each of the last four seasons, returns all 12 players from last year’s 20-9 season.
Crimson Class of 2014:
Marissa Brock, 6’2”, Forward, Silver Spring, Md./St. John’s College HS
Christine Clark, 5’11”, Guard, Tucson, Ariz./Tucson
Elise Gordon, 6’1”, Center, San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty
Missy Mullins, 6-0, Guard, Burlington, Ont./Notre Dame Secondary
“Once again we have arguably one of the strongest classes in not only the Ivy League but also in the Northeast” says head coach Delaney-Smith, “This class was highly recruited by a long list of prestigious programs and we are excited to announce they will be in Crimson uniforms next fall.”
Marissa Brock, Forward, 6-2, Silver Spring,
Brock, a McDonald’s All American nominee from St. John’s College High School is ranked No. 53 as a power forward on ESPN HoopGurlz. Brock was a three-time-all-conference recipient who earned a first team-selection as a junior averaging 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4.5 blocks a game. An MVP selection as a junior and senior Brock also served as a team captain in her final season.
Clark, a McDonald’s All American Nominee, from Tucson Magnet High School, is ranked No. 57 as a point guard on ESPN HoopGurlz. As a senior, Clark led her team to a compelling 26-2 record averaging 18.5 points, 4.3 assist, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 steals a game.
During her four years at Tucson Magnet, Clark compiled several accolades including three- time 5A All-State, three-time first-team All-Southern Arizona region, three-time 5A Southern Arizona Player of the Year, and was a nominee for the USA Basketball U-18 team as a senior.
Clark was a two time Tucson Magnet High School Athlete of the Year excelling not only in basketball but also in track and field. Clark was the 2009 State Champion in the 300-meter hurdles, 2010 state champion in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles and finished fifth in the 2010 high jump. She holds the high jump and 100 meter hurdles record at her school.
Clark, a four-sport athlete, was also a finalist for the 2010 Arizona Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Elise Gordon, Forward, 6-1, San Jose,
Gordon played for nationally ranked Archbishop Mitty High School. Gordon finished her senior season with a record of 26-6 while being undefeated in league play. In her tenure, Gordon led her team to a state championship, two Central Coat Section titles, a NorCal team championship and two West Coast Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) titles.
The McDonald’s All American nominee received the NorCal Final Sportsmanship award and was named to the all-tournament teams at the End of the Trials Tournament and the Nike Northwest Invitational, where she played for her AAU program the San Jose Cagers.
Gordon was a member of the Principles Honor Roll and the National Honor Society. She was given the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators Academic Achievement Award and was a member of the Archbishop Mitty African American Student Union.
Gordon also succeeded in track at Archbishop Mitty where she was a three-time all state qualifier in the shot put, an eight time WCAL place winner and a two-time Central Coast Section placer.
Her father, Ed, played basketball at San Diego State and played football for the New England Patriots. Her brother, Drew, plays basketball at the University of New Mexico.
Missy Mullins, Guard, 6-0, Burlington, Ont.
Mullins, a three-time team captain and starting point guard, finished her playing career at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School compiling 2,000 plus points. In her senior season she averaged 18.2 points, 4.0 steals, and 12.6 rebounds a game.
Mullins led her Burlington club squad to two provincial championships and two undefeated campaigns.
Mullins was a member of the Canadian Junior National team that placed fourth in the 2009 FIBA World Championships in Thailand. The highest ever finish for the Canadian JWNT. She also competed in Argentina and France with the National Elite Developmental Academy and played two seasons with Team Ontario.
Mullins was a four-year member of the honor roll, volunteered at local food banks and shelters, and was a children’s Catholic Church group leader as well.
Mullins is currently training with the Canadian Junior Women’s National team at the University of Toronto before participating in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the end of the month.
“This class has the ability to have an immediate impact on both our team and the league,” Delaney-Smith added. “ Marissa, Christine, Elise and Missy, are highly skilled basketball players that will bring great character, work ethic and a commitment to our Harvard family. There is no doubt these players will add to the long standing excellence of our program.”