Berry and Clark Named First Team All-Ivy, Lippert Second Team
Harvard has had three student-athletes named to either the first or second team each of the last three season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brogan Berry, Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert were named to the All-Ivy League teams on Friday after leading the Harvard women’s basketball team to the program’s third WNIT appearance in four years.
Berry was named to the first team for a second consecutive year after leading the Ivy League in assists (4.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). She also ranks ninth in scoring (12.1), leads the conference in free-throw percentage (86.3) and is second in minutes played (35.2). The senior was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week honoree and was named to the honor roll three times. She turned in back-to-back 20-point performances for the first time in her career against Penn and Princeton, with her 26 points against the Quakers marking her season high. Berry also recorded the first double-double of her career this season with a 12-point, 10-assist effort at UMass, and led the team in assists 20 times and in scoring nine times.
Berry joins Allison Feaster ’98, Hana Peljto ’04 and Reka Cserny ’05 as only the fourth student-athlete in Harvard history to be named All-Ivy League four times in her career. She was an honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2009, a second team honoree as a sophomore in 2010 and has earned first team honors in each of the least two seasons. Berry was also named the 2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was selected to the all-rookie team. She became the first student-athlete in Ivy League history to record 1,400 points and 500 assists this year, and is only the 49th student-athlete in NCAA women’s basketball history to do so as well. Berry currently ranks sixth in program history and 29th in Ancient Eight annals with 1,411 career points, while her 517 assists are tied for second most in Crimson history and fourth all-time in the Ivy League with former teammate Emily Tay ’09.
Clark joins Berry on the All-Ivy League first team, marking just the ninth time in school history and first since 2004 that Crimson teammates have been named to the first team. Clark was a force at both ends of the court this season, ranking fifth in the conference in scoring (15.2), 10th in steals (1.6) and 12th in rebounding (5.7). The sophomore was also third in free-throw percentage (84.8), eighth in minutes played (31.8) and 13th in field-goal percentage (40.7). She was named the conference’s player of the week three times in 2011-12 as well as being selected to the honor roll four times, and turned in a team-leading three double-doubles. Clark tallied 20-plus points five times including a season-high 28 points in the opener at Iowa, and tied the program record with a perfect 12-of-12 performance at the line at Columbia. Clark scored in double-digits in 26 of Harvard’s 28 games while leading the team in scoring 14 times, in rebounding eight times and in assists four times. Clark was an Ivy League All-Rookie selection last season.
Lippert was named to the conference’s second team for the third consecutive season after ranking 10th in scoring (11.9), fifth in three-point percentage (36.4), sixth in field-goal percentage (44.7) and sixth in three-point field goals made (1.7). She became the 16th member of Harvard’s 1,000 point club this season and currently ranks 14th in program annals with 1,090 points, and was a three-time honor roll selection. Lippert scored in double-digits in 20 of 28 games, leading the team in scoring on five occasions and in rebounding and assists twice. The junior registered her third career double-double with 13 points and 10 boards against Columbia, teaming with classmate Elle Hagedorn to become the first Crimson duo to record a double-double in the same game since she did so with Emma Markley ’11 in 2009. Lippert has been named to the All-Ivy League second team in each of her three seasons at Harvard and was also an all-rookie selection in 2010.
This marks the third consecutive season Harvard has had three student-athletes named to either the first or second team. Since 1978, when the conference first established the award, Harvard has earned 91 All-Ivy honors including 34 first team, 30 second team and 17 honorable mention selections.