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Women's Basketball Looks for Second Straight Win Tuesday at UNH

Clark ranks second in the Ivy League and 66th in the NCAA with 17.7 ppg entering play Tuesday (Jon Luszcz).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will look to ride the momentum from last week's 62-57 victory over Boston University into the month of December when it squares off against New Hampshire Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast of Tuesday's game on GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call by clicking here.

Last Time Out
Four Crimson scored in double-digits and Emma Golen notched the first double-double of her career as the Harvard women's basketball team defeated Boston University, 62-57, Wednesday night in Lavietes Pavilion.

Christine Clark led the offensive efforts with 16 points, marking the eighth straight game the sophomore has reached double-digits. Victoria Lippert notched 11 points while both Brogan Berry and Golen chipped in 10. Golen and Miriam Rutzen pulled down 10 rebounds apiece, as the Crimson  outrebounded the Terriers 47-34.

Click here to watch highlights from Wednesday's game.

Double-Diping
Emma Golen recorded her first career double-double against Boston University, posting career-highs in both points (10) and rebounds (10). Miriam Rutzen, meanwhile, matched Golen on the glass with 10 boards of her own. Golen and Rutzen are the first duo from Harvard to notch at least 10 rebounds in the same game since Jackie Alemany '11 (13 rbs.) and Victoria Lippert (10 rbs.) did so at Cornell on Feb. 19, 2010. Golen's double-double was the first for the team since Emma Markley's '11 22 point, 11-rebound effort against Brown on Feb. 12, 2011.

And the Award Goes To...
Emma Golen was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com Ivy League Player of the Week Dec. 5 after posting her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Boston University. Harvard has been recognized twice this season by the Website, as Christine Clark was named player of the week following the Crimson's appearance in the Hawkeye Challenge to open the year.

Eyeing 1,000
Junior Victoria Lippert has scored 823 career points and needs just 177 more to become the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club. Both Brogan Berry and Emma Markley '11 joined the club last year, becoming the second duo in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau in the same season. Erin Maher '93 and Deb Flandermeyer '93 were the first to do so in 1993. Berry, meanwhile, became just the fifth student-athlete in program history to reach 1,000 points in her junior season.

Nationally Known
Harvard currently ranks 17th in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (77.2) and is 45th with a +6.8 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranks 83rd in field-goal percentage (41.6) and 89th in scoring offense (68.0).

Individually, Brogan Berry owns the 23rd best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6) in the land while Christine Clark's 17.7 ppg are good for 66th.

They're on Fire
Harvard leads the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 41.6 percent of its attempts from the floor and 77.2 percent at the line. The Crimson has led the league in free-throw percentage each of the last two seasons while finishing second in field-goal percentage over that same span.

Christine Clark (48.8) ranks second in the conference in shooting percentage while Brogan Berry (41.3) ranks ninth.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrounded its opponents in five of six games this season, and has held a double-digit rebounding advantge in each of its last three contests. Harvard's 39.8 rpg rank second in the Ivy League while its +6.8 rebounding margin is also good for second.

Miriam Rutzen ranks fourth in the Ancient Eight with 6.7 rpg while Emma Golen is 10th with 5.8 rpg. Christine Clark sits just outside the top 10 at 11th with her 5.7 rpg.

A Tale of Two Halves
Harvard has thrived in the first half of games, averaging 35.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting while allowing 32.5 points on 42.1 percent shooting. In the second half, however, the Crimson is scoring just 32.3 points on 39.5 percent shooting while allowing 37.0 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Additionally, Harvard has made 24-of-65 attempts from three before the break but just 7-of-53 after.

Player of the Week
Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 28 after averaging 17.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg in a 1-1 week for the Crimson. The sophomore turned in an 18-point, nine-rebound performance in Harvard's 69-57 win over Rhode Island, and followed it up with 17 points and five rebounds against Holy Cross. Clark did this while shooting 52.0 percent from the floor and 88.9 percent at the line. This was her first player of the week award from the conference after having been named rookie of the week three times last season.

Lavietes Love
Harvard has enjoyed a distinct home-court advantage since the 2008-09 season, posting a 32-7 home record in that time including three-straight wins in home openers. Harvard is 2-1 at Lavietes this season and is shooting 40.1 percent in the friendly confines. The Crimson went 10-2 at home last season and averaged 77.4 ppg.

Triple Threat
Returning All-Ivy selections Christine Clark, Brogan Berry and Victoria Lippert are each averaging over 10 ppg and are among the Ivy League's leading scorers. Clark has netted 17.7 ppg, which is good for second in the conference, while Berry ranks 10th with 11.5 ppg and Lippert 11th with 10.8 ppg.
You Can Count on Clark

Christine Clark has scored in double-digits each game this season and in eight straight dating back to last year. In 34 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 27 times and has been limited to under five points only once.

Career Day
Both Elle Hagedorn and Elise Gordon recorded a career high in points in Harvard's win over Rhode Island, with Hagedorn notching 14 points and Gordon 10. Missy Mullins pulled down a career-best five rebounds against the Rams and Emma Golen notched a career-high two steals.

Team Effort
All nine Crimson who saw action against Rhode Island scored at least one point. Harvard had at least nine student-athletes score at least one point 12 times last year, including a 96-63 win over New Hampshire when 13 Crimson put points on the board.

Milestone Moments
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry became the 15th member of Harvard women's basketball's 1,000 point club last season. Berry is currently ranked 12th in program history with 1,140 points, needing 88 points to break into the school's top 10 and 240 points to enter the Ivy League's top 30.  

Berry also ranks fifth at Harvard with 423 career assists and is 18th in Ancient Eight history. This season she could join Emily Tay '09 (1,263 pts., 514 ast.) as one of only two student-athletes in program history to score 1,200 points and dish out 500 assists.

Her career free-throw percentage of 81.6 is good for eighth in the Ivy League record book.

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Career Scoring (Harvard)
1. Allison Feaster '98 2,312
11. Barbarann Keefer '88 1,169
12. Brogan Berry '12 1,130

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02 558
4. Barbarann Keefer '88 434
5. Brogan Berry '12 423

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard 558
13. Betsy Gilmore '95, Dartmouth 428
      Cheryl Rath '89, Penn 428
      Patricia Kern '03, Columbia 428
17. Patty Mills '86, Cornell 425
18. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 423

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth 89.9
9. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 81.5

Player to Watch
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry, who has posted 15.0 ppg and 4.7 apg season, was featured on Graham Hays' list of mid-major players to watch on ESPN.com.

Now Starting for Harvard...
Junior Emma Golen made her first career start at Iowa while senior Brogan Berry made her 87th. Harvard has used the same starting lineup for each game this season, which includes Berry (91 career starts), Christine Clark (34), Victoria Lippert (52), Golen (6) and Miriam Rutzen (18).

Welcome Back
The Crimson return three All-Ivy selections and a total of 10 student-athletes from last year's team which went 18-10 overall and finished second in the Ivy League with a 10-4 conference mark. Headlining that group is senior co-captain Brogan Berry, a three-time All-Ivy honoree and first team pick in 2011. Victoria Lippert has been named to the second team in each of the past two seasons and Christine Clark was an Ivy League All-Rookie pick a year ago. Each of the three finished among the top 10 in scoring in the conference in 2010-11.

Starting Fresh
Harvard has welcomed five new faces to the team for 2011-12, a recruiting class which was ranked 31st in the nation by ESPN. This group includes guards Ali Curtis and Kaitlyn Dinkins, and forwards Temi Fagbenle, Christine Mansour and Erin McDonnell.

"In my 30 years in the league I have had and seen some extraordinary classes, and this one shoots to the top of the list," said Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. "With the addition of the Class of 2015, we are extremely excited to continue striving for higher levels of success while building on the championship tradition we have established here at Harvard."

On the Bench
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 30th season as the head coach of the Harvard women's basketball program. Delaney-Smith's 458 career victories make her the winningest women's basketball coach in Ivy League history and she ranks second only to Princeton's legendary coach Pete Carril (514) for wins by an Ancient Eight coach. Under her guidance the Crimson has won 11 Ivy League titles, has made six trips to the NCAA Tournament and has twice appeared in the WNIT.

Kelly Finley is in her fourth season as an assistant coach under Delaney-Smith and will be joined on sidelines by first year assistants Lindsay Hallion '08 and Juanise Cornell. Kristan Strout returns for a fifth season as the program's director of basketball operations.

Preseason Poll
With three returning All-Ivy selections and coming off an 18-10 season, the Harvard women's basketball team was picked second in the 2011-12 Ivy League Preseason Poll. The Crimson, which has finished second in the conference in each of the past three seasons, received 117 points and garnered three of the poll's first-place votes. Two-time defending Ivy League Champion Princeton was tabbed first, receiving 133 points and 14 first-place votes, while Yale (103) and Penn (68) rounded out the top four. Brown (66), Columbia (52), Dartmouth (52) and Cornell (21) ranked fifth through eighth, respectively.

2011-12 Ivy League Preseason Poll
1. Princeton (14) 133
2. Harvard (3) 117
3. Yale 103
4. Penn 68
5. Brown 66
6. Columbia 52
    Dartmouth 52
8. Cornell 21

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Brogan Berry and Lindsay Louie were chosen by their teammates as captains for the 2011-12 season. Berry is a three-year starter and two-time team MVP, while Louie earned the Harvard Pride Award following the 2009-10 season.

A League of Their Own
Four Crimson were named to the All-Ivy teams in 2010-11, the most of any school in the conference. Brogan Berry was a unanimous first team selection while Victoria Lippert and Emma Markley '11 were named to the second team. Christine Clark was unanimously voted to the All-Rookie squad.

Catch the Crimson in 2011-12
Harvard fans can watch each of the team's 12 home games in 2011-12 live online through GoCrimson.com. A women's basketball pass costs just $59.95 and this year also includes audio broadcasts for the team's games at Providence, New Hampshire and Brown. Click here to sign up today.

Inside Ivy League Basketball
"Inside Ivy League Basketball," an online radio show dedicated to talking basketball in the Ancient Eight, launched Thursday, Nov. 10 on BlogTalkRadio.com. "Inside Ivy League Basketball" takes an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy men's and women's basketball on and off the courts. Click here to listen now.