Women's Basketball Opens Four Game Homestand Friday with Cornell
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
The Crimson looks to bounce back from its road trip with the first two games of a four-game homestand this weekend.
Harvard will play Cornell and Columbia this weekend and welcomes Brown and Yale to close out the month.
Watch & Listen From Home
Can't make it to Cambridge this weekend watch and listen to the game on GoCrimson.com. Greg Kadetsky will have the call for both games this weekend, while Matt Noonan from ESPNBoston.com will add color comementary Friday night. Visit the multimedia center for more details or click on the audio link above. Live statistics will also be available.
Welcome Back Alumnae
This weekend is the annual Alumnae game, which will be played Saturday at 1 p.m.
Saturday is Harvard's Pink game. Anyone who wear's pink to the game Saturday will receive free admission. Proceeds from t-shirts, raffle tickets and bounce for bucks will all be donated to charity.
Last Time Out
Despite outscoring the Bears by eight in the second half, Harvard fell to Brown, 57-56, Saturday night at the Pizzatola center. Senior Emma Markley led the Crimson with her second double-double of the season, putting up 22 points and pulling down 11 boards.
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 232-154 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 had its best start in league play since the 2002-03 season going 5-0 to open the 2011-11 Ivy campaign.
The Empire State Ivies
Harvard holds a 100-13 overall record against Columbia and Cornell, including a 57-2 mark at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson is 47-2 all time versus Columbia and is 51-11 against Cornell.
The Cornell Series
Harvard has more wins against Cornell than any other school it has faced. The Crimson is 52-11 all-time against the Big Red. Harvard, who has won five straight and nine of the last 10, is unbeaten at home against the Big Red.
Last Time We Met
Harvard downed Cornell, 67-36, Jan. 29 at Newman Arena in a game in which 11 Crimson players contributed to the scoring effort
It was the first time since Feb. 2, 2007, the Crimson has held an opponent to 40 or less points.
Victoria Lippert and Miriam Rutzen lead the Crimson in scoring with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Lippert went 7-for-13 from the field, while Rutzen connected on 5-of-7 shots including two from beyond the arc. Christine Clark led the Crimson on the glass, pulling down eight boards, while Brogan Berry handed out six assists.
Harvard holds a 48-2 lead in the all-time series that began in 1980. The Crimson and Lions split the series in 2008-09 with each team winning away from their home court. Harvard's two losses (the other Feb. 12, 1999) were both at Lavietes Pavilion.
Last Time We Met
Christine Clark hit a jumper with 3.5 seconds on the clock to give Harvard a 69-68 win over Columbia Jan. 28 at Levien Gymnasium.
Victoria Lippert led four Crimson players in double figures with 20 points including four in the final minute of the game. Brogan Berry added 15 points, while Emma Markley added 15 and Clark put up 10.
WBCA Pink Zone History
The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. The late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006.
Overall, the WBCA Pink Zone has raised nearly $3.3 Million, has reached almost 2.7 Million fans, and has unified over 4,700 participants in only four years.
Emma Markley moved into 10th on the all-time rebounds list at Harvard after the Crimson's win over Columbia (Jan. 28). She has 604 rebounds to her credit. Markley is 10th in scoring with 1,214 career points.
Brogan Berry is sixth on the all-time assists list. She has 368 to her credit.