Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard steps out of league play for its final non-conference game of the season. The Crimson travels to Seattle Saturday for the first meeting in program history.
Last Time Out
Harvard improved to 1-0 in Ivy League play and 5-1 at home with an 82-49 win over Dartmouth Saturday. Christine Clark led the Crimson (8-6,1-0 Ivy) with her first collegiate double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Clark was 7-of-10 from the field, equaling a career-high in points and pulling down a collegiate-best 10 boards. Brogan Berry contributed 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Emma Markley had 16 points, four steals and four blocks in the winning effort.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 5-1 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.
A Welcome Break
After playing four games in 11 days, Harvard has just two contests during a 14 day stretch. The Crimson faced Dartmouth last Saturday and then meets Seattle this Saturday.
First Time for Everything
Saturday's game against Seattle will be the first meeting in program history. The Crimson already had two first time meetings this season taking on Oral Roberts (Nov. 19) and Dayton (Dec. 30).
Harvard at the RedHawks
The Harvard men's basketball team traveled to Connelly Court last year. The Crimson won 92-71 in their first ever meeting.
The Crimson was picked to finish second in the Ivy League by a panel of media and league sports information directors. Princeton was picked to finish atop the League.
The Tigers went 14-0 last season to win the Ivy League title. Harvard picked up 115 points and one first-place vote. Dartmouth was voted to finish third (96), followed by Yale (84), Columbia (73), Brown (50), Cornell (39) and Penn (19).
Harvard has 11 Ivy League trophies. The Crimson has won two of the last four conference crowns and five of the last nine.
On the Line
Emma Markley has started 45 straight games for the Crimson and 71 total contests.
Brogan Berry has a streak of 57 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 71 of the 72 games she has suited up for. The Beavercreak, Ohio native has 61 straight games with at least one point.
Victoria Lippert has scored in 43 straight games.
Make it 100
Christine Matera played in her 100th game in a Harvard uniform agaisnt Dartmouth Jan. 15. Emma Markley is one game away from her 100th appearance in a crimson and white uniform.
Welcome to the 80s
Harvard is 35-1 since 2004-05 when scoring 80 or more points in a game. The Crimson went 33-0 when scoring 80 or more until its 101-80 loss to Dayton (Dec. 30). Prior to that the last time Harvard scored 80 points and did not pick up the win was Jan. 10, 2004 against Dartmouth (93-88).
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 list with 1,123 points (10th all-time).
Crashing the Top-10
Emma Markley is nine rebounds away from cracking the top-10 in rebounds at Harvard. She has 567 boards thus bar and needs 576 to make the top-10.
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry is seventh on the all-time career assists list with 329 handouts. She is 15 away from tying Elizabeth Proudfit '96 who is sixth with 344. Jennifer Monti '02 holds the program record of 558.
Buckets and Boards
With 1,123 points and 567 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.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Entering the week, Harvard was first in the Ivy League in scoring offense, putting up 74.6 points per game, 3.9 better than second-place Princeton.
The Crimson ranks 31st in the nation in scoring offense as well.
The Right Touch
Four of the top eight scorers in the Ivy League standings don the crimson and white. Brogan Berry is third (14.4 points per game), Emma Markley and Victoria Lippert are tied for sixth (12.9 ppg) and Christine Clark is eighth (12.3 ppg).
Harvard scored 20 points off 19 Dartmouth turnovers Jan. 15. The Crimson also scored 20 second chance points, 19 fact break points and got 19 points from its bench.
Harvard held Dartmouth to just 42 points Jan. 15. It was the first time an opponent was unable to score 50 or more points this season. Harvard accomplished that feat twice last year.
Stellar Free Throw Shooting
Berry is 41st nationally, and fourth in the Ancient Eight in free throw shooting. She has converted 47-of-55 attempts, good for 85.5 percent
As a team, the Crimson is shooting 76.1 percent from the free throw line, best in the Ivy League and 16th in the nation.
The Crimson is second in the Ivy League in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 7.29 per contest this season.
Harvard is unbeaten when allowing between 50-59 points, when it has more assists, when it is shooting 35 percent from downtown, on Friday nights and against the America East.
The Crimson drained 14 three-pointers against NJIT, just two shy of the program record for trifectas in a game.
How Can I Assist
Harvard handed out 25 assists on 30 baskets against NJIT. Nine players had at least one helper, while Brogan Berry (6) and Christine Clark (4) combined for 10.
Christine Clark scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. It was the third time this season she has scored 18 points, a career best, and first time reaching double figures in rebounds.
Cashing in Dimes
Led by Brogan Berry's 4.29 assists per game, three Crimson players average 2.0 or more assists a game. Christine Clark (2.4) and Christine Matera (2.2) have also had the helping hand.
As well as leading the Ivy League in assists per game, Berry's turnover-to-assist ratio of 2.22 ranks 19th in the nation.