Photo of Miriam Rutzen courtesy of Gil Talbot
The Crimson plays it final game of the 2010 calendar year at Dayton. It is the first meeting of the two teams in program history.
Last Time Out
Harvard fell to Sacred Heart, 69-60, Dec. 22 at Lavietes Pavilion. Freshman Christine Clark equaled a career-high 18 points to lead the Crimson (5-4).
SHU jumped out to a 14-point lead midway through the first half before Clark scored seven straight and others contributed to pull the home team to 35-33 at the half.
The Crimson took the lead early in the second stanza, but two runs from the Pioneers gave Harvard its first home loss since 2008-09.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 2-1 at home this season, posted a 12-1 record at Lavietes Pavilion in 2009-10, which was the best home record since going unbeaten in 1997-98.
Busy Road a Head
Harvard enters a busy stretch coming out of the holiday break with four games in 11 days. After Thursday's game at Dayton, the Crimson hosts Massachusetts Jan. 2 before traveling to neighbor Boston College for a Jan. 6 contest and welcoming NJIT Jan. 9.
First Time for Everything
Harvard's game against Dayton is the first in program history. The Crimson already had one first time meeting this season taking on Oral Roberts (Nov. 19) and will face Seattle for the first time in school history Jan. 22.
The History Book Says
Harvard has played seven teams that currently reside in the Atlantic 10. The Crimson is 13-25 overall against those teams. Harvard will face two A10 opponents this season marking the first time since the 2005-06 season when the Crimson played Rhode Island (W, 77-48) and Richmond (L, 63-47).
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.
Joining the Club
Emma Markley became the 14th women's basketball player at Harvard to score at least 1,000 points at Harvard. She scored her 1,000th career point when her eighth point of the game with 4:43 left in the first half put the Crimson up by nine against BU (Nov. 23). She has moved into 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,051 career tallies.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry is seventh on the all-time career assists list with 301 handouts. She is 43 away from tying Elizabeth Proudfit '96 who is sixth with 344. Jennifer Monti '02 holds the program record of 558.
Board and Buckets
With 1,051 points and 542 rebounds to her credit, Markley joins only six other Harvard players to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in their careers. She joins Allison Feaster '98, Hana Pelijto '04, Reka Cserny '05, Tammy Butler '95, Deb Flandermeyer '93 and Sarah Duncan '89.
She Calls it Home
Brogan Berry hails from Beavercreek, Ohio just 10 miles outside Dayton.
Harvard is unbeaten when scoring 70 or more points, allowing between 50-59 points, leading at the half, when it shoots better than 50 percent from the floor, when it has more assists, when it is shooting 35 percent from downtown, on Friday nights and against the America East.
Putting the Puzzle Together
Harvard had quite a game against New Hampshire (Dec. 10) with its best shooting performance from the field (51.4), three-point land (64.7) and the free throw line (86.7) of the season.
The Crimson had the second most rebounds (42) and second most assists (19) of the season, while taking away the most steals (11) and committing a season-low nine turnovers.
Margin of Victory
Harvard's 33-point win over New Hampshire (Dec. 10) was the largest margin of victory for the Crimson since a 34-point win (91-57) over Yale March 7, 2009.
Five for Fighting
Harvard has had three different starters through nine games this season. Brogan Berry, Christine Matera, Christine Clark, Victoria Lippert and Emma Markley started the first six games. Jasmine Evans, Matera, Clark, Lippert and Markley were the first five on the court at Florida (Dec. 7) and Berry, Matera, Clark, Miriam Rutzen and Markley were the starters against New Hampshire (Dec. 10).