The Crimson has set a new record for most Ivy League awards won in a single season (Gil Talbot).
CAMRBDIGE, Mass. – Christine Clark and Temi Fagbenle have been rewarded for their efforts in a weekend sweep of Princeton and Penn by being named Ivy League player and rookie of the week, respectively.
The wins helped lift the Crimson into a tie with Penn for second place in the conference standings and pulled Harvard within two games of Princeton for the conference lead. The Crimson also improved to 10-0 at home this season and moved its winning streak at Lavietes Pavilion to 13 games.
Harvard has now earned 17 weekly awards from the Ivy League this year, surpassing the previous single-season record of 15 set by Princeton in 2009-10. Fagbenle's nine rookie of the week honors tie her with Harvard great Allison Feaster '98 and current Princeton Tiger Niveen Rasheed for the second most in league annals, behind only Diana Caramanico's '01 total of 10 from 1997-98. Clark, meanwhile, has received four player of the week nods this season and is tied for seventh in conference history with seven awards for her career.
Clark provided steady offense for the Crimson all weekend as she averaged 16.0 ppg on 81.3 percent shooting. The junior was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field against Princeton on Friday to total 14 points, and on Saturday she was 7-of-10 from the floor en route to a game-high 18 points. Clark also added seven rebounds against the Quakers and averaged 4.5 rpg on the weekend.
Fagbenle turned in 11.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg against the Tigers and Quakers beginning with a nine-point, nine-rebound, three-block performance on Friday. Fagbenle totaled 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting on Saturday while also registering seven rebounds and three assists.
Clark will enter the final weekend of play ranked second in the Ancient Eight in scoring (16.0), ninth in assists (2.4) and 11th in rebounding (5.2). Fagbenle currently boasts the league's best field goal percentage (57.3) while also ranking third in blocked shots (1.3), fourth in rebounding (7.6) and ninth in scoring (12.5).
Harvard will embark on its final Ivy League road trip of the season this weekend to face Columbia Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. and Cornell Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
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
March 4 - Christine Clark, POW & Temi Fagbenle, ROW