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Women's Basketball Travels to Minnesota for Best Buy Classic

The Crimson will take on Alcorn State and Minnesota at the 2011 Best Buy Classic (Ron Feltman).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team, which has won two straight and three of its last four, will put its streak on the line when it faces Alcorn State and Minnesota at the 2011 Best Buy Classic. The Crimson will take on the Lady Braves of Alcorn State on Friday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m., and will meet the host Golden Gophers Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.

Fans can follow the action via live stats, audio and video broadcasts through GopherSports.com.

Last Time Out
Victoria Lippert scored 14 second-half points and the Crimson went a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line down the stretch, helping to preserve a 69-62 win for the Harvard women's basketball team at New Hampshire Tuesday.

Lippert led Harvard with 17 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from three. Christine Clark added 16 points and seven rebounds, and was a perfect 11-of-11 at the line on the night. Brogan Berry chipped in 15 points, three steals and two assists.

The Crimson finished the game shooting 43.8 percent from the field and was 19-of-23 from the line.

Click here to watch highlights from Tuesday's game.

In the Clutch
Harvard has played several games this season which have been decided down the stretch, and two of the team's leading scorers have stood up to the challenge. Brogan Berry is shooting 57.1 percent (4-7) with less than two minutes to play and is a perfect 6-of-6 at the line for a total of 14 points. Christine Clark, meanwhile, has totaled 12 points on 60.0 percent shooting (3-5) while going 6-of-8 at the charity stripe.

Freebies
Christine Clark went a perfect 11-of-11 at the free-throw line at New Hampshire, becoming the first Crimson student-athlete to finish a game with more than 10 attempts and zero misses since Reka Cserny '05 went 12-of-12 vs. Columbia on March 1, 2003. Clark is shooting 86.0 percent (37-43) at the line this season and currently ranks fourth in the Ivy League.

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 840 career points and needs just 160 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 entered the week ranked 17th in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (77.2) and is 45th with a +6.8 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 83rd in field-goal percentage (41.6) and 89th in scoring offense (68.0).

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

They're on Fire
Harvard leads the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 41.8 percent of its attempts from the floor and 78.3 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 (45.6) ranks fourth in the conference in shooting percentage while Victoria Lippert (43.8) and Brogan Berry (41.7) rank fifth and ninth, respectively.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrounded its opponents in six of seven games this season, including each of the last four. Harvard had not outrebounded opponents in four straight games since the 2008-09 season, when it went eight straight games with a rebounding advantage. Harvard's 39.0 rpg rank second in the Ivy League while its +6.3 rebounding margin is also good for second.

Miriam Rutzen ranks fifth in the Ancient Eight with 6.3 rpg while Christine Clark and Emma Golen are tied for ninth with 5.9 rpg.

A Tale of Two Halves
Harvard has thrived in the first half of games, averaging 35.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting while allowing 30.9 points on 40.7 percent shooting. In the second half, however, the Crimson is scoring just 32.9 points on 41.0 percent shooting while allowing 37.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Additionally, Harvard has made 30-of-78 attempts from three before the break but just 9-of-58 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 17.4 ppg, which is good for second in the conference, while Berry ranks 10th with 12.0 ppg and Lippert 11th with 11.7 ppg.

You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has scored in double-digits each game this season and in nine straight dating back to last year. In 35 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 28 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 1,155 points, needing 73 points to break into the school's top 10 and 225 points to enter the Ivy League's top 30.  

Berry also ranks fifth at Harvard with 425 career assists and is 17th 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 81.7 is good for ninth in the Ivy League record book.

Click here to visit the Media Center on GoCrimson.com to access Harvard's  most up-to-date career records.

Career Scoring (Harvard)
1. Allison Feaster '98 2,312
11. Barbarann Keefer '88 1,169
12. Brogan Berry '12 1,155

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02 558
4. Barbarann Keefer '88 434
5. Brogan Berry '12 425

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
16. Kathleen Jonhson '93, Columbia 427
17. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 425
      Patty Mills '86, Cornell 425

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth 89.9
9. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 81.7

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 (92 career starts), Christine Clark (35), Victoria Lippert (53), Golen (7) and Miriam Rutzen (19).

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.

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.

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.