ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Clark and Lippert Tabbed All-Ivy First Team, Fagbenle Rookie of the Year and Second Team

The Crimson placed three on the All-Ivy teams for the fourth consecutive year (OAC).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team was rewarded for its 20-win season with three All-Ivy selections on Thursday, including a pair of first team recipients.

Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert were each named to the first team while Temi Fagbenle was the unanimous pick for Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was also named to the second team.

The trio has helped the Crimson to its 10th 20-win season under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and the program's fourth WNIT appearance in five years. Harvard also finished the year unbeaten at home, its first perfect season at Lavietes Pavilion since 1997-98, and boasts the seventh longest home winning streak in the nation with 14 straight victories dating back to last year.

This marks the 10th time that a pair of Crimson teammates have been named to the All-Ivy League first team and the fourth straight year that Harvard has had three selected to the all-conference teams. Fagbenle is the sixth rookie of the year recipient in program history and the first to also earn a place on either the first or second team since Reka Cserny'05 did so in 2001-02.

Clark has been honored by the league each of the last three seasons and has now been named to the first team two years in a row. As a freshman, Clark earned a place on the all-rookie team.

The Tucson, Ariz., native ranks second in the Ivy League with 15.7 ppg and was named the conference's player of the week four times. She also ranks third in free throw percentage (84.5), fourth in field goal percentage (46.1), ninth in assists (2.3) and is 13th in rebounding (5.1). Clark has recorded 23 double-digit scoring performances this season and seven 20-plus point performances, including a three-game stretch in January in which she averaged 21.3 ppg. In only three seasons with the Crimson she ranks 12th in program history with 1,235 points and boasts the eighth best career scoring average all-time (14.4).

Lippert, a native of San Diego, Calif., earned all-conference recognition for the fourth consecutive season after being named to the second team for three straight years as well as garnering all-rookie honors as a freshman. She joins Allison Feaster '98, Hana Peljto '04, Reka Cserny '05 and Brogan Berry '12 as only the fifth student-athlete in Harvard history to be named All-Ivy League four times in her career.

The senior is currently ranked sixth in the conference in scoring (13.5) while also ranking first in free throw percentage (91.5), sixth in three-point percentage (38.2) and 10th in field goal percentage (41.8). Lippert has scored in double-digits 20 times in 2012-13 while reaching 20 points five times, and has led the Crimson in scoring in six of its last 10 games. A two-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection this season, Lippert ranks sixth in school annals with 1,486 points and is second all-time with 181 career three-pointers.

Fagbenle, who earned a total of 12 Ivy League weekly awards including a record 10 rookie of the week accolades, is the first unanimous selection as rookie of the year since Princeton's Niveen Rasheed in 2009-10. She is the fourth member of the Crimson to garner the award by a unanimous vote, joining Feaster, Peljto, Cserny and Berry.

The London, England, native made an impact on each end of the court this season, ranking first in the conference in field goal percentage (57.0), third in rebounding (7.8), fourth in blocked shots (1.3) and ninth in scoring (12.3). Her seven double-doubles are the most by a member of the Crimson since 2009-10 as she has reached double-figures in scoring 19 times and in rebounding nine times. Fagbenle has led the team in rebounding a total of 17 times throughout the year, including 14 of the last 19 outings.

Since 1978, when the conference first established the awards, Harvard has earned 94 All-Ivy honors including 36 first team, 31 second team and 17 honorable mention selections.