Women's Basketball To Play Twice Over Thanksgiving Weekend
The Crimson will face Michigan and Eastern Michigan for the first time ever over the holiday break (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's basketball team will be in action twice over Thanksgiving weekend as it takes on Michigan Friday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. and Eastern Michigan Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. This will mark the first time the Crimson has faced either team.
A live video stream and live stats will be available for both games through MGoBlue.com and EMUEagles.com.
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- .@imEMMAude is 12-15 (80%) from 3-pt range this season, the highest 3-pt percentage through 4 games in @HarvardHoops history #MaudeCantMiss
- .@HarvardHoops is looking to go 4-1 to start the season for the 1st time since 2004-05
- Christine Clark (35-36) & Victoria Lippert (29-30) are a combined 64-66 at the free throw line dating back to last season
- .@HarvardHoops shot 50% or better from the field in back-to-back games against BYU and Holy Cross for the 1st time since Feb of 2011
- Christine Clark is the first player to lead @HarvardHoops in scoring in each of the first 4 games since Hana Peltjo in 2002-03
- Victoria Lippert was named the @Ivy_Athletics Player of the Week on Monday for the 2nd time in her career and 1st time since 2011
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's basketball team shot 50 percent from the field for a second straight game and rolled to an 80-63 victory Tuesday night at Holy Cross.
Christine Clark put on a dominant performance with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 shooting from three. Clark scored 17 points in the first half and added six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Missy Mullins was the only other Crimson to reach double-digits as she scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting while going 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
Harvard finished the night shooting 50.0 percent (31-62) from the field and 47.4 percent (9-19) from three. Four Crimson hit at least one three-pointer, including Emma Golen who turned in a 3-of-5 performance for nine points.
What a Start
Harvard is off to a 3-1 start for the second time in three year's and has matched the program's best four-game record since the 1987-88 team opened the year 5-0. With a win Friday at Michigan, the Crimson will be 4-1 for the first time since 2004-05.
Harvard shot 50.9 percent against BYU and 50.0 percent at Holy Cross, marking the first time the Crimson has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in back-to-back games since Feb. 4-5, 2011 against Princeton and Penn. Harvard last shot 50.0 percent or better in three straight games Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2004 against Columbia, Penn and Princeton.
Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 12-of-15 three-point attempts (80.0%) to start the season, including a 4-of-4 performance at North Dakota State. Her 12 makes through four games are the fifth-most in program history behind Erin Maher '93 (1992-93) and Beth Wambach '91 (2989-90) who each hit 14, and Maher (1991-92) and Amy Reinhard '96 (1993-94) who hit 13. Golen's 80.0 percent clip, meanwhile, ranks first among Crimson student-athletes with at least 10 attempts in the first four contests.
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage and three-point percentage, shooting 48.9 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from three. Harvard last led the league in both categories in 2008-09 when it connected on 43.8 percent of its attempts from the floor and 33.8 percent of its attempts from three.
Leader of the Pack
Junior Christine Clark has led Harvard in scoring in each of its first four games, becoming the first Crimson student-athlete to do so since Hannah Peltjo '04 led the team in six straight contests to open the 2002-03 campaign. Peltjo went on to average 21.3 ppg for the year, the fourth-highest total in program history, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.
At The Line
Christine Clark is a perfect 14-of-14 at the line and has hit 35 of her last 36 attempts dating back to last season. Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, is 12-of-13 at the charity stripe this season and 29 for her last 30.
Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 82.7 percent at the line after going 9-of-10 at Holy Cross on Tuesday.
Senior Victoria Lippert was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after registering a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in the Crimson's win over BYU. Her greatest contribution came late with the game on the line, scoring five points in the final 1:01 to secure the victory.
Victoria Lippert, Christine Clark and Miriam Rutzen will each look to cement their places in Harvard women's basketball history this season as they climb the career ranks.
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1. Allison Feaster '98 2,312
11. Sarah Duncan '89 1,228
12. Barbarann Keffer '87 1,169
13. Victora Lippert '13 1,158
-- Christine Clark '14 871
Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 140
Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
4. Tammy Butler '95 301
5. Elaine Holpuch '83 233
6. Christine Clark '14 231
Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
4. Reka Cserny '05 122
5. Tammy Butler '95 78
6. Miriam Rutzen '13 69
Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 13th in program history with 1,158 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 871 points through two-plus seasons.
Including this year, Harvard has had a 1,000 point scorer on the floor in four of the last five seasons. Additionally, each of Harvard's 17 1,000 point scorers have been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 14-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 20-4 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Nov. 12 after averaging 12.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 2.5 bpg in the first two games of her career. Fagbenle is the first Crimson to earn the award since Christine Clark won it three times in 2010-11, and is the first to take home the first honor of the year since Allison Feaster '98 did so to open the 1994-95 campaign.
Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert combined for two double-doubles through the team's first three games. It took the Crimson six games to record its first double-double last season while its second didn't come until game 12.
Fagbenle became the first Crimson rookie to register a double-double since Christine Clark's 18-point, 10-rebound performance against Dartmouth on Jan. 15, 2011, and was the first Crimson rookie to do so in her first weekend of action since Hannah Peljto '04 went for 21 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against St. Peter's on Nov. 17, 2000.
3's are Wild
The Crimson went 12-of-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc on opening night, marking the team's highest three-point percentage with a minimum of 10 attempts since going 14-of-27 (51.9%) against NJIT on Jan. 9, 2011. Harvard's 12 made three's were also a team high dating back to that same matchup with the Highlanders.
Welcome to the Show
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle made her collegiate debut at North Dakota State, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals. Fagbenle's 12 points were the most for a Crimson student-athlete making her debut since Victoria Lippert registered 14 in an 82-81 win over Boston College on Nov. 14, 2009. She also became the first Crimson to lead her team in both rebounding and assists while making her debut since Brogan Berry's '12 10-rebound, five-assist performance against Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 15, 2008.
You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 62 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 52 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and eight games in which she has scored more than 20 points.
The last Crimson student-athlete to start every game of her career was four-time All-Ivy League selection Brogan Berry '12, who holds the program record with 115 starts.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Emma Golen and Miriam Rutzen have been voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012-13 season. Golen started 29 games for the Crimson last year, averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Rutzen, meanwhile, started all 30 games and put up 5.5 points with 6.3 boards.
Inside Ivy League Basketball
"Inside Ivy League Basketball," a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League men's and women's basketball, returns for its second season in 2012-13.
Hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside Ivy League Basketball" takes in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy League men's and women's basketball on and off the courts. "Inside" runs a two-man weave this season with episodes on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com with every episode available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.
Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the Ancient Eight' segment. With its 'Program Profile' segment, the show visits with players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League men's and women's basketball, both past and present. With its 'Ivy Insights' segment, local and national media join the show to give their thoughts and perspectives on covering the conference.
Via Facebook (search Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops), fans and alumni can follow the show and get a chance to test their Ivy acumen with the 'Trivia Talk' segment. The first person posting the correct answer to each week's trivia question wins a gift certificate to the League's official online store at shop.ivyleaguesports.com.
Check IvyLeagueSports.com each week for this season's episode schedule and guest lineups.