Women's Basketball Heads to Brown and Yale to Close Out First Round of Ivy Play
Photo courtesy of Gil Tablot.
Harvard takes its unbeaten Ivy mark on the road for the last two games of the first round of Ivy play. The Crimson heads to Yale Friday night and Brown Saturday before back-to-back home weekends to close out February.
Last Time Out
Harvard won two Ivy tests on the weekend, including snapping Princeton's 22-game conference win streak Friday night. The Crimson held of Penn, 88-84, in double overtime Saturday to stay undefeated conference action.
Harvard shot 50 percent for the game and lead 35-34 at the half. Penn won the battle of the boards, 40-34. Alyssa Baron had 38 points for the Quakers.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson, which is 7-1 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.
Another Win in the Books
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith picked up her 450th career coaching victory against Cornell Jan. 29. She is one of 36 active Division I coaches to have 450 wins under their belts.
Harvard and the Ivy League
Harvard is 232-152 all-time against its league foes. The Crimson hold the lead in all seven conference series with the closest series record coming against Dartmouth. Brown and Dartmouth have both won 31 games against the Crimson.
Harvard is off to its best start in league play since the 2002-03 season. The Crimson is 5-0 in Ancient Eight play.
The Crimson has seven wins in a row and is just one victory away from equaling last year's eight game win streak.
The Brown Series
Saturdays' game is the 71st meeting between Harvard and Brown. The Crimson has faced the Bears more than any other team in the league and leads the series, 39-31. Harvard has won eight straight against the Bears.
The Yale Series
Harvard leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 41-27, and has won four straight. The Crimson has won six of the last seven meetings.
Won't Happen Twice
The Crimson has not lost back-to-back regular season Ivy League games since the 2003-04 season.
On the Line
Christine Matera has started 47 games in a row for the Crimson. Brogan Berry has a streak of 62 straight games with at least one assist. She has one or more hand outs in 76 of the 77 games she has suited up for. Berry has 66 straight games with at least one point. Victoria Lippert has scored in 49 straight games.
Emma Markley moved into 10th on the all-time rebounds list at Harvard after the Crimson's win over Columbia (Jan. 28). She has 589 rebounds to her credit. Markley is 10th in scoring with 1,178 career points.
Brogan Berry is sixth on the all-time assists list. She has 356 to her credit.
Welcome to the 80s
Harvard is 36-1 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).
Moving On Up
Brogan Berry is sixth on the all-time career assists list with 356 handouts. She is 46 away from tying Heidi Kosh '91 who is fifth with 402. Jennifer Monti '02 holds the program record of 558.
1,000 Point Scoring Watch
Brogan Berry enters the weekend with 955 points, needing just 45 points to become the 15th player in women's basketball history at Harvard.
If Berry accomplishes that feat before the end of the season, it will be only the second time in Crimson history that two players reached 1,000 points in the same year. Deb Flandermeyer '93 and Erin Maher '93 did it during the 1992-93 season.
Harvard played just its fourth double overtime game in program history against Penn Feb. 5. The Crimson last played the extra 10 minutes against Northeastern Dec. 9, 2009. Harvard is 4-0 when it goes to double OT.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Entering the week, Harvard was first in Ivy League scoring putting up 74.2 points per game, 4.5 better than second-place Princeton.
The Crimson ranks 26th in the nation in scoring as well.
The Right Touch
Four of the top-10 scorers in the Ivy League standings don the crimson and white. Brogan Berry is second (14.4 points per game), Victoria Lippert is third (13.6 ppg), Emma Markley is sixth (13.1 ppg) and Christine Clark is 10th (11.6 ppg).
Stellar Free Throw Shooting
The Crimson is shooting 77.3 percent from the free throw line, best in the Ivy League and eighth in the nation.
Christine Clark is second in the Ivy League with an 85.5 clip from the charity stripe, while Berry is fourth, shooting 82.4 percent.
The Crimson leads the Ivy League in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 6.9 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.