Women's Basketball Opens Beantown Slate With Boston University
Photo of Claire Wheeler courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard makes the short trip to Case Gymnasium for a city matchup with Boston University Tuesday at 7 p.m. Both teams will be looking to get back in the win column after falling in their last games.
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Unofficial Beantown Title
Last year Harvard won the unofficial Boston city title after beating Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern. Tuesday is Harvard's first chance to defend its title. .
Last Time Out
Harvard nearly erased a 26-point Navy lead late in the second half, before falling to the host Mids, 65-60, Saturday night in the final game of the Navy Classic. .
Navy dominated the first half, holding Harvard to just 28 points, while the Crimson turned the tables in the second stanza by shooting 50 percent from the field, grabbing 20 rebounds and dominating in the paint. .
After Friday night's win over Oral Roberts, the Crimson was the only team in the Ivy League without a loss. .
A History Lesson
Boston University leads the series, 13-12, and has won three of the last five meetings. Harvard snapped a three-game losing skid against the Terriers in the matchup two years ago at Lavietes Pavilion on Dec. 11, 2007. .
Harvard is 5-6 against the Terriers on the road and have lost three straight at Case Gymnasium. .
The crosstown rivals have met every year since 1992. The series started in 1976 and the teams played from 1979-81 and then again in '86 and '87.
The History Book Says
Harvard is 41-46 against teams from the America East conference. The Crimson faces four teams from the AE this winter; BU (12-13), Hartford (4-3), New Hampshire (7-17) and has already played Maine (5-6). .
Harvard's stretch of five road games to start the season is 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 440-308 record after 28 seasons. .
Kelly Finley returns for her third season with the Crimson and first as top assistant. Missy Traversi begins her first season with the Crimson, while Jonah Goldschlag joins the staff as a volunteer coach this season. .
The College Insider
CollegeInsider.com has released the Women's Mid-Major Top 25 for the first time this year. .
Harvard was one of three Ivy League teams to be recognized in the preseason poll. Princeton was sixth in the first poll, while Columbia and Harvard received votes. .
The Crimson will face three teams in the most recent poll (Nov. 16): No. 4 Princeton, No. 22 Hartford and No. 13 Oral Roberts.
Adding Up the Points
Emma Markley is just eight 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 eighth on the all-time career assists list with 283 handouts, and she is three assists away from moving into seventh. .
Harvard upset Mid-Major No. 13 Oral Roberts Friday night. The Crimson held the team to just 28 first-half points and 76 total. The Golden Eagles had averaged 115 points through their first two games. .
Painting It Crimson
Harvard scored 30 points in the paint against Navy, including 26 in the second half. .
Harvard handed out 23 assists against Oral Roberts, which equals the team-high from last year. Harvard handed out 23 helpers against UMass (1/6/10) and Columbia (1/29/10). .
First Year Honored
Christine Clark was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/22) for her play at the Navy Classic. She averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds. 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game on the weekend. She scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Mid-Major No. 13 Oral Roberts. .
Freshman Christine Clark and sophomore Jasmine Evans made their collegiate debuts against Maine. Evans missed all of last season due to a preseason injury. .
11/15 Brogan Berry POW
11/22 Christine Clark ROW
Harvard Runs This Town...
The Crimson won all three of its games against Boston area schools in 2009-10. Harvard defeated Boston College (82-81), Boston University (85-68) and Northeastern (90-85) all on its home court. The Crimson averaged 85.6 points per game against its Beantown neighbors. .
...Make That This State
For just the third time in program history, the Crimson played all five other Division I programs in the Bay State. In addition to the teams in Boston, Harvard defeated Holy Cross, 74-57, in December and beat UMass, 72-60, Jan. 6. The sweep of the in-state teams gives Harvard its first unofficial state title. .
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. .