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Women's Basketball Hosts Ivy League's Top Two Teams in Pivotal Showdown

Harvard will honor the careers of its four graduating seniors prior to Saturday's game against Penn (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will welcome the top two teams in the Ivy League to Lavietes Pavilion this weekend as it hosts first-place Princeton and second-place Penn. The Crimson will first face the Tigers Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. before taking on the Quakers Saturday, March 2 at 6 p.m.

A live video stream will be available through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky and analyst Helen Williams on the call. Live stats will also be provided.

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Last Time Out
It was another big night for Victoria Lippert as she and Christine Clark combined for 39 points and 19 rebounds to top Yale Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion, 69-66.

A sold out crowd of 2,123 was on hand to witness the Crimson win its 11th straight game at home. Harvard led the entire way and was on top by as many as 15, but needed to survive a late push by the Bulldogs.

Lippert finished with 19 points and six rebounds one night after turning in a season-high 24 points. Clark registered her first double-double of the year with 20 points and 13-rebounds while Miriam Rutzen turned in an eight-point, 10-rebound performance.

Harvard combined to shoot 45.6 percent (26-57) from the field while holding Yale to 39.7 percent (25-63) shooting. The Crimson also went 12-of-13 from the charity stripe and outrebounded the Bulldogs by a 45-27 spread.

Thank You, Seniors!
Harvard will celebrate the accomplishments of its four graduating seniors prior to Saturday's game against Penn. Emma Golen, Elle Hagedorn, Victoria Lippert and Miriam Rutzen have helped guide the Crimson to 71 victories over the last four years, including a 38-7 record in Lavietes Pavilion.

Where We Stand
The Crimson entered the weekend in third place of the Ivy League standings with a 6-3 conference mark. Three-time defending champion Princeton is the lone unbeaten team in the Ancient Eight at 9-0, and has won 33 straight Ivy League games dating back to 2010-11. Penn is in second place with a 7-2 conference record and is one game up on the Crimson for the league's automatic bid to the WNIT.

Trending

  • Harvard is a perfect 8-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season and has won 11 consecutive games at home dating back to last year.
  • Harvard has outrebounded its opponents in 11 straight games and has held a double-digit rebounding advantage six times during this stretch.
  • Harvard has had a 20-point scorer in three of the team's last four outings, including each of the last two.
  • The Crimson is seeking to end Princeton's 33 game win streak against the Ivy League while avoiding back-to-back losses to Penn for the first time since 2000-01.

Top Plays
GoCrimson.com introduced a new video feature to its lineup for the 2012-13 season, "Top Plays of the Month," counting down the greatest moments from your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams from the previous calendar month. Use the hashtag #CrimsonTop10 to nominate your favorite plays for inclusion.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 8-0 at home in 2012-13  and has won 11 straight home games dating back to last year. Harvard boasts a 61-17 record in Lavietes since 2006-07 and went a near-perfect 12-1 during the 2009-10 campaign which included 11 straight victories at home to begin the year.

Hitting the Century Mark
Senior Victoria Lippert will make her 100th career start against Penn on Saturday, becoming only the second Crimson student-athlete to reach the century mark. Lippert currently ranks fifth in program history with 110 career appearance, and last week classmates Elle Hagedorn and Miriam Rutzen joined Lippert among a group of only 15 Crimson to have played 100 games.

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has earned 15 weekly awards from the Ivy League this season, matching the number put up by the 2009-10 Princeton squad for the most in league annals. Harvard had previously earned 13 weekly awards on two occasions, 1994-95 and 2008-09.

2012-13 Ivy League Honors
Nov. 12 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Nov. 19 – Victoria Lippert, POW
Nov. 26 – Christine Clark, POW
Dec. 3 – Victoria Lippert, POW
Dec. 10 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Dec. 17 – Temi Fagbenle, POW & ROW
Dec. 31 Temi Fagbenle, POW & ROW
Jan. 7 – Christine Clark, POW & Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Jan. 14 – Christine Clark, POW
Jan. 28 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Feb. 4 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Feb. 25 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW

Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle earned her ninth Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor on Feb. 22, the fifth highest total in conference history. Fagbenle's eight honors is also the second most in Crimson history, behind only the nine awards taken home by Allison Feaster '98 in 1995. The all-time record for most rookie of the week honors was sent at 10 in 1998 by Penn's Diana Carmanico '01.

Fagbenle has won a total of 10 weekly awards from the Ancient Eight on the season after having also been named player of the week twice. Earlier this season, she became the first student-athlete to sweep the weekly awards twice in the same season since Penn's Alyssa Baron in 2010-11.

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle has posted five double-doubles this season, the most for the Crimson since Emma Markley '11 turned in seven as a junior in 2009-10. Fagbenle's first double-double came the opening weekend at North Dakota, making her the first Crimson rookie to record a double-double 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.

Owning the Boards
Temi Fagbenle has led the Crimson in rebounding in 11 of the team's last 14 games and 14 times overall. Fagbenle has averaged 8.8 rpg during this stretch and has posted double-digit rebounding totals six times.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson outrebounded Yale 45-27 on Feb. 23, marking the team's largest rebounding margin (+18) since March 2, 2012 when it owned a 55-32 advantage on the glass in an 88-64 win over Columbia.

As a team, the Crimson has outrebounded its opponent in 18 of 23 games, including 11 straight, and owns a 14-4 record when doing so.

Turn it up to 11
Temi Fagbenle set a new career-high with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting at Penn, marking the most field goals made for an individual member of the Crimson since Christine Clark went 11-of-14 from the field for 28 points against Columbia on Feb. 19, 2011.

Impacting the Game
The Crimson boasts two 1,000-point scorers in its lineup whose play directly affects the outcome of games. Harvard is 12-4 this season when Christine Clark scores at least 15 points and is 9-1 when Victoria Lippert reaches the same benchmark. By comparison, Harvard is 3-4 when Clark does not score 15 points and is 6-7 in games Lippert does not score 15.

Scoring in Bunches
Christine Clark has a penchant for quick scoring outbursts and boasts 12 stretches this season in which she has scored at least six points in 2:20 or less. These outbursts have included just three three-pointers and have all come in games when Clark has scored at least 15 points.

Balling
Junior Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 14 for the second straight week and the third time this season after scoring a game-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting with a team-best seven rebounds against Dartmouth. Clark now boasts six career player of the week honors, tying her with former Crimson Tammy Butler '95 and Emma Markley '11 for 10th place on the Ivy League's all-time player of the week list.

D-Fence
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 20-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 31-8 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Comeback Kids
Harvard has won three games this season when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a 35-33 halftime deficit to earn a 68-58 win at Brown.

Overtime
The Crimson owns a 2-1 record in overtime games this season. Harvard did not play a single overtime game in 2011-12 and has not played multiple overtime games in the same season since 2009-10. The Crimson is 12-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and is 13-6 all-time in overtime.

20 or Bust
Christine Clark scored 20-plus points in three straight games from Jan. 6 - 26, averaging 21.3 ppg during this stretch. Victoria Lippert was the last Crimson to accomplish the feat, averaging 24.0 ppg over four games in February of 2010.

Block Party
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 92 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in 16 of the 21 games she has played and has registered multiple blocks eight times. For her career, Rutzen has 21 multi-block performances.

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 121 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09, the second longest streak in program history. The record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer stands at 172, a streak which began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard entered the weekend ranked first in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage (44.4) and three-point percentage (35.6), and ranks 18th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and 23rd in three-point percentage. 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 deep.

At The Line
Christine Clark opened the year going 28-of-28 at the line and had a streak of 30 consecutive makes at the charity stripe dating back to last season, surpassing her previous career best of 29 straight successful free-throw attempts. Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, is 49-of-55 at the line this season and has made 65 or her last 71 attempts dating back to last year.

Harvard ranks first in the Ivy League at 73.8 percent at the line and entered the weekend ranked 44th in the NCAA.

Pollsters
Harvard has once again fallen from the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 after returning to the poll last week at No. 24. The Crimson has been ranked in the poll in 10 of the last 12 weeks, reaching as high as No. 22. Three of Harvard's 2012-13 opponents are currently featured in the rankings, including No. 15 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 12 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT) and No. 4 Princeton (L, 67-51).

Lighting Up The Scoreboard
The Crimson has scored at least 80 points thiree times this season and is averaging 68.3 ppg, second best in the Ivy League. Harvard scored more than 80 points just twice in 2011-12 after turning in seven 80-plus point performances in 2010-11.
 
Club 1,000
Junior Christine Clark became the 18th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club on Jan. 2 as she scored 19 points against UMass. Clark reached the milestone in just her 71st career game, making her the fastest Crimson to reach 1,000 points since Reka Cserny '05 did so in her 60th career appearance. She now ranks 14th in program history with 1,163 points.

Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in seventh place in program history with 1,414 points.

Including this year, Harvard has had at least one 1,000 point scorer on the floor in four of the last five seasons. Additionally, each of Harvard's 18 1,000 point scorers has been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.

Lights-Out Lippert
Senior Victoria Lippert was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Dec. 3 for the second time this season after averaging 21.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Crimson. Lippert tallied 21 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead Harvard past New Hampshire on Wednesday then turned in 21 points at Hofstra on Saturday with seven coming in overtime.

You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 81 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 67 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and 12 games in which she has scored at least 20.

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" moved to one episode per week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning on Jan. 30, after running a two-man weave with shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the first three months of the season. 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.