The Crimson was tabbed second in Ivy League Preseason Poll for the third straight year.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With three returning All-Ivy selections and coming off an 18-10 season, the Harvard women’s basketball team has been picked second in the 2011-12 Ivy League Preseason Poll.
The Crimson, which has finished second in the conference in each of the past three seasons, received 117 points and garnered three of the poll’s first-place votes. Two-time defending Ivy League Champion Princeton was tabbed first, receiving 133 points and 14 first-place votes, while Yale (103) and Penn (68) rounded out the top four. Brown (66), Columbia (52), Dartmouth (52) and Cornell (21) ranked fifth through eighth, respectively.
Harvard returns 10 letterwinners from last year’s team which went 10-4 in league play and averaged a conference-best 71.4 ppg. Three-time All-Ivy selection Brogan Berry headlines this group after ranking second in scoring (13.9 ppg), first in assists (4.57 apg) and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.25) a year ago. Berry enters the season ranked 13th in program history with 1,071 career points and is sixth all-time with 397 assists.
Also returning to the court for the Crimson in 2011-12 are Victoria Lippert, a two-time All-Ivy pick, and Christine Clarke, who was named to the conference’s All-Rookie team. Lippert was the fourth leading scorer in the Ivy League last year, turning in 13.5 ppg, and also ranked first in three-point percentage (46.8). Clarke, meanwhile, was eighth in scoring (12.1 ppg) and first in free throw percentage (81.9). Lippert (50.7) and Clarke (50.6) ranked second and third, respectively, in field goal percentage.
Harvard’s 2011-12 roster also features co-captain Lindsay Louie, Marissa Brock, Emma Golen, Elise Gordon, Elle Hagedorn, Missy Mullins and Miriam Rutzen. Five newcomers, Ali Curtis, Kaitlyn Dinkins, Temi Fagbenle, Christine Mansour and Erin McDonnell, round of the roster.
The Crimson opens its season Nov. 12-13 versus Iowa, Butler and UNLV at the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa. Harvard’s first of 12 home games at Lavietes Pavilion will take place Nov. 22 against Rhode Island. Season and single-game tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online by clicking here.