Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and the Harvard women's basketball team will welcome five freshmen this fall.
The newcomers include Jasmine Evans (Menlo Park, Calif.), Emma Golen (Novi, Mich.), Elle Hagedorn (Ambler, Pa.), Victoria Lippert (Del Mar, Calif.) and Miriam Rutzen (Blandinsville, Ill.).
Harvard, who has won two of the last three Ivy League titles, returns seven players, including four who have appeared in the starting lineup.
Jasmine Evans/Menlo Park, Calif./Henry M. Gunn/Guard
Earned four letters in basketball and one in track and field ... Captained basketball squad all four years ... Named MVP by De Anza League ... Daily News and Mercury News Basketball Player of the Year ... Named first-team All De Anza League and first-team All-Mercury News ... Earned third-team All Nor-Cal Basketball and all-state honors ... Named MVP of KSA Classic, Burlingame Basketball Tournament and the Pinewood Basketball Tournament ... Cal-Hi Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Senior and Junior School Athlete of the Year ... Helped team to first league title, first undefeated league campaign and best overall record (29-2) in school history ... Team finished season ranked 11th in Nor- Cal after making first championship appearance at Central Coast Sections ... Nominated to represent California at the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2007 and 2008 ... Received Gunn High School awards for outstanding performance and contribution in chemistry and geometry in 2007 ... National Society of High School Scholars ... Involved in various fundraising for Gunn High School.
Emma Golen/Novi, Mich./Detroit Country
Four-year letterwinner in basketball and two-year participant in track and field ... A Street & Smith's Sporting News honorable mention All-American selection in 2008 and 2009 ... McDonald's High School All-American nominee in 2009 ... Named to Oakland County top 50 for girls basketball players by MIPrepZone and the Detroit Free Press top 100 in 2008-09 ... Michigan High School State Athletic Association state finalist in the discus in 2007 ... High school won Class B state championship in 2008 and 2009 ... Graduated Magna Cum Laude ... Member of the Community Service Club ... Chaired school blood drive and co-founded team's annual fundraising for HAVEN, domestic violence shelter.
Elle Hagedorn/Ambler, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph
Played basketball and soccer and competed in track and field ... Three-time league all-star ... League MVP as a senior ... Received the Ferguson Award as a senior for excellence in academic and basketball and was the Player of the Year for the Catholic Academies League from the Markward Club of Philadelphia ... Named second-team all-state by the Associated Press ... Second-team all-area in ESPN Rise Magazine ... Received second team All-Southeast Pennsylvania ... High School won the PIAA AAA State Championships in 2008 and went undefeated during the regular season in 2009 ... Scored 1,162 points ... First Honors all four years of high school ... Graduated with Distinguished Honor ... National Merit Commended Student ... Member of the National and French Honor Societies ... Tutor at St. Vincent's and assistant coach of St. Anthony's-St. Joseph's CYO track team.
Victoria Lippert/San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic
Was a four-year letterwinner in basketball ... Served as captain in final two seasons ... Name to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State freshman team (2006), sophomore team (2007) and junior team (2008) ... Earned Cal-Hi Sports All-State Division III in 2008 and 2009 ... A four-time All-San Diego Section honoree ... Named San Diego Union-Tribune Newcomer of the Year in 2006 ... Three-time Western League Player of the Year and four-time team MVP ... Led Cathedral Catholic High School to San Diego Section Division III championship in 2008 ... Three-time Western League champion ... Scored 2,398 points, which is a school record and ranks ninth in section history ... Averaged 20.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a senior ... San Diego Union-Tribune Student-Athlete of the Year in 2009 and two-time all-academic recipient ... Cathedral Catholic Female Student-Athlete of the Year ... Therapeutics Recreations Services volunteer and camp leader for YMCA.
Miriam Rutzen/Blandinsville, Ill./West
Earned four varsity letters in basketball and track and field and two in volleyball ... A two-year captain of the basketball team and one-year captain for track ... Named first-team All-State 1A by the Chicago Sun Times in 2008 and 2009 ... Earned 1A/2A first-team honors from IBCA in 2009 and second-team in 2007 and 2008 ... A three-time first-team all-conference selection ... Named to the Register Mail All-Area team three times and selected as player of the year twice ... Made the Peoria Journal Star All-Area team and the Burlington Hawk Eye All-Area team from 2007-2009 ... Scored 1,000 career points ... Valedictorian ... Received Academic Excellence Award four times ... High Honor Roll all four years ... National Honor Society ... Student Body President and member of Student Council ... Co-chair of student spirit committee and chair of marquee committee ... Founder of Showcase Night ... Member of the concert, marching and pep band ... Part of the Lincoln Trail Conference Honor Band and St. Ambrose Honor Band ... Founding member and co-chair of VOICES (student government reform group) ... Member of Youth Group, Youth Coalition, 4-H, Illini Girl State, DAR Good Citizen and WYSE, Art, Science, Math and Spanish Clubs.
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