Women's Hoops All About the Huddle

Published by B. Marjorie Gullick on November 10, 2010 at 2:24AM

When it comes to inspiration in sports, many people tend to focus on the pre-game speech or the build-up before a final touchdown or foul shot. But for the Harvard women’s basketball team, it’s all about the huddle. The huddle offers the chance for the Crimson to discuss its biggest two motivations for the season: banners and rings. Harvard, currently ranked second in the Ivy League, looks to improve upon its 20-win season last year and capture the elusive banner and ring that represent an Ancient Eight title.

"This year, our new favorite phrase for the huddle has become ‘banners and rings,’ to help us remember what our long-term goals are for the season: an Ivy title and championship rings,” sophomore Elle Hagedorn said. “The phrase is just a way to pump us up and keep our mission in mind."

Last season, the Crimson missed a banner and ring to only one team: Princeton, which was picked to win the league title again in 2010-11.  Harvard begins its quest to reclaim the crown on Saturday at Maine. But first, be sure to check out The Crimson’s basketball preseason supplement, on newsstands Friday!

The Full-Court Press: Keith Wright '12

Published by Alex Sopko on November 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

With its first game on Saturday, the men’s basketball team is gearing up for what’s sure to be an eventful season. Keith Wright, the team’s big man on campus, wouldn’t have it any other way. The bear-like junior co-captain is excited to take the court and chase down Harvard’ first Ivy League title. In this exclusive interview, Wright discusses gummies, awkward moments, and Taylor Swift. Naturally. Every week, The Full Court Press gives you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Name: Keith Wright

Year: 2012

Stats: In his freshman year, Wright was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice and scored in double figures in each of the last five games. In his sophomore season, Wright picked up where he left off, averaging 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He saved his best for the Crimson’s upset win at Boston College where he poured in 21 points.

Bring on the questions!


Harvard Women Help Beat Canada on Ice

Published by Kate Leist on November 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

In a rematch of February’s Olympic gold-medal game in women’s hockey, the U.S. select team beat Canada, 3-2, in a shootout in the Four Nations Cup opener for both squads last night in Newfoundland.

Though the host Canadians came back to tie the game twice in regulation, American goalie Jessie Vetter stopped all three shots in the shootout to hand her team the win. Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight beat Shannon Szabados for the only goal of the shootout.

Team USA—which is led by Harvard coach Katey Stone and features Crimson skaters Julie Chu ’06-’07, Caitlin Cahow ’07-’08, and sophomore Josephine Pucci—jumped out to a quick lead 11 seconds into the game.


Around the Water Cooler: It's Good to Be From Philly

Published by Robert S Samuels on November 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

In this week's Around the Water Cooler, Penn's ruling the roost, but Yale's men's hockey team is off to a quick start too.

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, meaning the end of fall sports. While we look ahead to the winter season, there are still some loose ends that need to be tied. The men’s soccer title will be decided this weekend, and we’ll have a pretty good idea of who will win the Ivy League football crown after Saturday’s games. And as we’ll show you in a little tour around the water cooler, it’s a good time to be a Quaker.

To take the league crown in women’s soccer, all Penn needed to do was tie Princeton on Saturday in the de facto Ivy League Championship.  When after 110 minutes of play neither side ceded a goal, the Quakers took their second league crown in four years and earned their fourth NCAA championship berth in school history. In its first round contest on Friday, Penn will square off against cross-state rival Penn State. Though the Nittany Lions have a wealth of experience in NCAA play, with 13 straight Big Ten championships, the Quakers have a shot at advancing: Penn State lost to Yale and Dartmouth, teams that Penn beat and tied, respectively.


Sound Off: Columbia's Norries Wilson Talks Miscues (Sort Of)

Published by Max N. Brondfield on November 09, 2010 at 3:11AM

The football team beat Columbia, 23-7, in a home game on Saturday.

In the modern era of sports, being a college coach carries with it the burden of constant media attention. Facing dozens of reporters at press conferences, head coaches have gotten savvier—they say what they need to and leave the rest up for speculation. Here at The Back Page, we’re happy to decode some of these media sessions, showing the average fan what we think coaches’ answers “really” mean.

With two big weeks looming ahead of it, Harvard had every reason to look past Columbia last Saturday on the gridiron. But the Crimson showed up to play at Harvard Stadium, handing the Lions a 23-7 loss and frustrating Columbia coach Norries Wilson. Particularly irritating to the Lions’ head coach was the number of miscues in what could have otherwise been a close game. Wilson vents some of his disappointment in this week’s edition of Sound Off.