Women's Basketball Will Close 14-Game Tournament Tuesday versus Columbia
The Crimson will go for its 20th win against Columbia to close out the regular season (Rose Lincoln/Harvard Gazette)
The Harvard women's basketball team will put a bow on the 14-game tournament as it hosts Columbia Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in both team's regular-season finale.
A live video stream featuring play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky and analyst Helen Williams will be available during Tuesday's game through GoCrimson.com. Live stats will also be available.
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- .@HarvardHoops has clinched its 2nd straight @WomensNIT appearance and will be making its 4th postseason appearance in 5 years
- Seniors @imEMMAude, @whatsthatsmELLE, @TheVictator25 & @MRutzen25 will be making their 3rd postseason appearance, a program record
- .@HarvardHoops is carrying a 6-game win streak into Tuesday's game against @GoColumbiaLions, its longest since 2010-11
- .@HarvardHoops owns the 8th longest home winning streak in the NCAA with 13 straight victories at Lavietes, including 10 this season
- .@TemiFagbenle has tied the @Ivy_Athletics record for most ROW honors in a season with 10, she has 12 POW & ROW awards total this year
- .@HarvardHoops' 18 @Ivy_Athletics awards this year is a new record with 12 by @TemiFagbenle, 4 by Christine Clark and 2 by @TheVictator25
Last Time Out
A 20-point night from Christine Clark and a double-double by Temi Fagbenle helped lift the Harvard women's basketball team to a 66-56 win over Cornell Saturday night, securing the Crimson its second straight berth to the WNIT.
Harvard moved in to sole possession of second place in the Ancient Eight standings thanks to Penn's loss at Yale, 70-65. With one game remaining and the Crimson owning the tiebreaker over the Quakers, Harvard has locked up the conference's automatic bid to the WNIT. This will mark the Crimson's second straight appearance in the tournament and is its fourth in five years.
The victory also improved the Crimson's win streak to six, its longest since 2010-11.
Clark scored a game-high 22 points to pace the Crimson, shooting 6-of-13 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line. Fagbenle registered her second straight double-double with 16 points and 11 boards as she shot 7-of-10 from the field. Victoria Lippert chipped in 13 points.
The Crimson has earned its second straight trip to the WNIT and its fourth in the last five years. Last season, Harvard made history as the first team in the Ivy League to win a first-round game in the tournament with a 73-71 win at Hofstra.
Harvard's senior class will be making its third appearance in the postseason, matching only the senior class of 1998 for most career postseason appearances.
Harvard will carry a six-game win streak into Tuesday's contest, marking the team's longest winning steak since taking seven in a row in 2010-11. The Crimson has averaged 64.1 ppg during this stretch while allowing 59.0 ppg, and has shot 42.6 percent from the field.
Defending Home Court
The Crimson is a perfect 10-0 at home in 2012-13 and has won 13 straight at Lavietes Pavilion dating back to last year, the eighth longest streak in the NCAA. The last time Harvard went unbeaten at home was in 1997-98 when the team posted an 11-0 record en route to a 23-5 overall mark.
Harvard's senior class is 40-7 in its career at Lavietes Pavilion and has helped the Crimson to seven consecutive winning seasons at home.
20 Times 10
At 19-8, the Crimson needs just one more win to record the 10th 20-win season in program history. All nine of the previous 20-win seasons have come under the guidance of Kathy Delaney-Smith with the last occuring in 2009-10.
And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has earned 18 weekly awards from the Ivy League this season, setting a new record for most awards won in a single season. The previous mark of 15 had been set by the 2009-10 Princeton Tigers, edging out Harvard's previous best of 14 set in both 1994-95 and 2008-09.
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle has taken home a total of 12 Ivy League honors this season, including two player of the week nods. She has been named rookie of the week a record 10 times, matching the totals posted by Penn's Diana Carmanico '01 and Dartmouth's Elisa Morrison '07.
Junior Christine Clark has been named the conference's player of the week four times in 2012-13, the ninth-best total in Ancient Eight annals. Clark now boasts seven career player of the week awards, ranking her seventh all-time.
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
March 11 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
- Harvard is a perfect 10-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season and has won 13 consecutive games at home dating back to last year.
- The Crimson enters Tuesday having won six straight games, its longest win streak since taking seven in a row in 2010-11.
- Harvard has earned its second straight appearance in the WNIT and the team's fourth in five years, marking the first time Harvard will have made four postseason appearances over a five-year span.
- At 10-3 in the Ivy League, Harvard has posted a double-digit win total in conference play for the seventh straight year and the 18th time overall under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
- Temi Fagbenle has recorded a double-double in each of the team's last two games and will be going for a third straight Tuesday against Columbia.
Hitting the Century Mark
Senior Victoria Lippert made her 100th career start against Penn on Senior Night, becoming only the second Crimson student-athlete to reach the century mark. Lippert currently ranks third in program history with 114 career appearances, while classmates Elle Hagedorn (105) and Miriam Rutzen (104) rank seventh and eighth, respectively.
Harvard enters Tuesday ranked first in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage (43.9) and three-point percentage (33.9), and ranks 23rd in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and 43rd 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 63-of-69 at the line this season and has made 81 or her last 87 attempts dating back to last year.
Harvard ranks first in the Ivy League at 75.4 percent at the line and entered the weekend ranked 26th in the NCAA.
Harvard remains out of the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 after spending 10 of the last 13 weeks in the rankings, reaching as high as No. 22. Three of Harvard's 2012-13 opponents are currently featured in the poll, including No. 14 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 12 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT) and No. 5 Princeton (L, 67-51, W, 58-55).
Harvard is 9-6 in true road games this season and 9-8 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. Last year the Crimson posted a 9-7 record away from home, marking the program's first winning road record since 2008-09.
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 24-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 35-8 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
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.
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.
Temi Fagbenle has posted seven 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 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.
Harvard has posted a total of nine double-doubles with Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert each boasting one.
Owning the Boards
Temi Fagbenle has led the Crimson in rebounding in 14 of the team's last 18 games and 17 times overall. Fagbenle has averaged 9.0 rpg during this stretch and has posted double-digit rebounding totals eight times.
Getting off on the Right Foot
The Crimson posted a 4-1 record to begin Ivy League play, marking the third straight year Harvard has begun 4-1 or better in the conference.
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.
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 98 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in 19 of the 25 games she has played and has registered multiple blocks 10 times. For her career, Rutzen has 23 multi-block performances.
Harvard closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 9-5 record, making the program's third best non-conference record under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and the fifth best non-conference record all-time. Harvard has earned 11 out-of-league victories twice under Delaney-Smith, turning in an 11-3 record in 1997-98 and going 11-4 in 1985-86. The 1976-77 squad owns the program record for non-conference wins at 13-4 while the 1978-79 Crimson went 12-9 away from the Ivy League.
Harvard has now posted at least eight non-conference wins in five straight seasons.
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 13th in program history with 1,222 points.
Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in sixth place in program history with 1,472 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.
What a Start
Harvard's 7-3 record to start the season ranks as the second-best record through 10 games in program history. The Crimson has gone 8-2 three times, most recently in 1997-98 en route to a 23-5 overall record and an Ivy League title. Both the 1976-77 and 1987-88 squads went 8-2 to begin the year with the 1987-88 team also capturing an Ancient Eight crown.
Leader of the Pack
Junior Christine Clark led Harvard in scoring in each of its first six 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 season, the fourth-highest total in program history, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.
Allison Feaster '98 owns the program record for consecutive games led in scoring at 17, 16 of which came to open the 1997-98 campaign. Feaster led the team in scoring in 25 of 26 games that year, averaging an Ancient Eight record 28.5 ppg en route to her third straight Ivy League Player of the Year honor.
You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 85 games for the Crimson over the last three-plus years and has scored in double-digits 70 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and 13 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.