Women's Basketball Opens Season at Maine Saturday
Photo of senior captain Jackie Alemany courtesy of Gil Talbot photography.
Harvard opens its 37th season of women's basketball on the road at Maine Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson play its first five games of the season on the road. It's the first time in program history Harvard has started the season with that many road games.
On the Bench
Kathy Delaney-Smith, the winningest coach in program history, is in her 29th 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 439-308 record after 28 seasons.
Getting to Know the Crimson
Sixteen players make up the 2010-11 Harvard roster. There are four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen on this year's team.
The Crimson hails from 10 states and one Canadian province. Harvard represents Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.
Leading the Way
Seniors Jackie Alemany and Christine Matera will serve as captains this season, Matera was a captain last season as well making her just the sixth person in program history to captain the team for two years.
The Maine Connection
Harvard has two connections to the state of Maine, including one to the Black Bears specifically. Assistant coach Missy Traversi was a first-team All-America East basketball player for Maine. She was a team captain and is a member of the 1,000 point club. Director of basketball operations Kristan Strout is from nearby Bangor.
A Winning Season
Harvard had its 24th winning season in program history and 20th under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith last year. It was the fourth year in a row with a record of .500 or better and eighth since 2000.
Harvard secured its ninth 20-win season in program history last year. Prior to last season, Harvard last accomplished that feat in the 2004-05 season. All of the 20-win seasons have come under the direction of current head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
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 first, while Harvard was second. The Tigers earned the league's top bid with 135 points and 16 first-place votes.
The Crimson played in the postseason for the third time in four years and second straight last season. Harvard competed in the WNIT for the second year in a row.
Harvard suffered an 87-68 loss March 18, 2010 in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at Syracuse.
Brogan Berry led four Crimson players in double figures as she scored 15 points on the points on 6-for-10 shooting, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Victoria Lippert added 13 points and Christine Matera tallied 12 points. Emma Markley scored 10 points and grabbed four boards.
Harvard vs. the America East
Harvard has faced off against teams from the America East 86 times in program. The Crimson trails 40-46 in those games.
Harvard trails 4-6 in the all-time series with Maine but has won last three meetings.
The Crimson captured the 2007 Dead River Company Classic at the Harold Alfond Sports Arena. Harvard defeated Maine, 82-78, and Hofstra, 63-56, to win the tournament title.
Harvard and Season Openers
Harvard snapped a four-game streak of falling in season openers last year when they stunned local rival Boston College in the first game of the season. The Crimson is 1-4 over the last give years in season openers.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith is 15-13 in the first game of the season, while the Crimson is 18-18.
Adding Up the Points
Emma Markley is just 57 points away from scoring her 1,000 career point. Thirteen players have reached the 1,000 point mark in Crimson history.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry moved into second on the all-time single season assist list with 169 hand outs last year. She is also ninth on the all-time career assists list with 269 handouts, and she is five assists away from moving into eighth.
Bring 'Em On
Harvard faces six teams that advanced to the postseason last year. Boston University, Dayton, Florida, Hartford, Oral Roberts and Princeton had extended seasons last winter. Dayton, Hartford and Princeton competed in the NCAA Tournament while BU, Florida and Oral Roberts played in the WNIT.
Harvard has 11 Ivy League trophies. The Crimson has won two of the last four conference crowns and five of the last nine.