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Women's Basketball To Face St. John's Thursday at Lavietes Pavilion

Thursday will mark the first Harvard basketball doubleheader since the 2007-08 season (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
After taking a two week break from competition for final exams, the Harvard women's basketball team returns to the hardwood Thursday, Dec. 22 against St. John's at Lavietes Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Fans can watch a live video stream of Thursday's game on GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call by clicking here.

Last Time Out
The Crimson had its three-game winning streak snapped last Saturday with a 79-53 loss at Minnesota in the second game of the Best Buy Classic.

Emma Golen, who scored a then career-high 11 points the previous night against Alcorn State, led Harvard against the Golden Gophers with a new career-best 13 points. Brogan Berry and Christine Clark each added 11 points, with Berry dishing out a season-high eight assists and grabbing seven rebounds. Harvard held a 44-33 rebounding advantage over Minnesota, highlighted by Victoria Lippert's 10 boards.

The Crimson came away with a 78-55 victory over Alcorn State in the first game of the tournament, highlighted by Berry's 19-point, six-rebound performance. Both Berry and Lippert were named to the Best Buy Classic All-Tournament Team.

Click here to watch highlights from the games.

Double Dip
Thursday's game against St. John's is part of a doubleheader for the Crimson, as the men's team will take on Florida Atlantic following the women's game at 7 p.m. The last time Harvard played a men's and women's double-header was January 5, 2008 when the women lost to Dartmouth, 52-47, before the men took down the Big Green, 82-56.

Teacher Appreciation Night
All Massachusetts teachers with valid proof of I.D. (Massachusetts Teacher Association card or Boston Teachers Union card acceptable) will receive free admission to Thursday's game. Contact the Athletic Ticket Office at (617) 495-2211 or show your I.D. at the door.

Player of the Week
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Dec. 12 after averaging 15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 5.3 apg over three games for the Crimson. Berry shot 42.5 percent from the floor for the week and an impressive 87.0 percent at the line.

This was the 10th Ivy League weekly award of Berry's career and second for the Crimson this season. Berry had previously been named player of the week three times and rookie of the week six times, while Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week Nov. 28 after averaging 17.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg in a 1-1 campaign.

Nationally Known
Harvard entered the week ranked fifth in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (80.0) and was 31st with a +7.9 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 95th in field-goal percentage (41.1) and scoring offense (67.6).

Individually, Brogan Berry owned the 46th best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) in the land while Christine Clark's 16.6 ppg were good for 94th.

Chasing History
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry became the 15th member of Harvard women's basketball's 1,000 point club last season, and currently ranks 11th in program history with 1,185 points. She needs only 43 more points to break into the school's top 10 and 195 points to enter the Ivy League's top 30.

Berry also ranks fourth at Harvard with 439 career assists and is 11th 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 81.9 is good for seventh 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
10. Sarah Duncan '89    1,228
11. Brogan Berry '12    1,185

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
3. Jessica Gelman '97    485
4. Brogan Berry '12    439

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
10. Andrea Razi '96, Princeton    447
11. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    439

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth    89.9
7. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    81.9

Eyeing 1,000
Junior Victoria Lippert has scored 861 career points and needs just 139 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.

Lavietes Love
The Crimson has enjoyed a distinct home-court advantage since the 2008-09 season, posting a 32-7 record at Lavietes Pavilion in that time including three-straight wins in home openers. Harvard is 2-1 at Lavietes this season and is averaging 66.3 ppg.

They're on Fire
Harvard entered the week leading the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 41.1 percent of its attempts from the floor and 80.0 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 (41.9) ranked seventh in the conference in shooting percentage while Brogan Berry (41.6) and Victoria Lippert (40.8) ranked ninth and 10th, respectively.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrounded its opponents in eight of nine games this season, including each of the last six. Harvard had not outrebounded opponents in six straight games since the 2008-09 season, when it went eight straight games with a rebounding advantage. Harvard's 40.1 rpg entering the week ranked second in the Ivy League while its +7.9 rebounding margin was good for first.

Miriam Rutzen ranked fifth in the Ancient Eight with 6.4 rpg while Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert were tied for 12th with 5.3 rpg.

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. Entering the week Clark had netted 16.6 ppg, which was good for fourth in the conference, while Berry ranked eighth with 12.7 ppg and Lippert ninth with 11.4 ppg.

You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has scored in double-digits each game this season and in 11 straight dating back to last year. In 37 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 30 times and has been limited to under five points only once.

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. Christine Clark is shooting 57.1 percent (4-7) with less than two minutes to play while going 10-of-12 from the line for a total of 18 points. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, has totaled 14 points on 57.1 percent shooting (4-7) while going a perfect 6-of-6 at the charity stripe.

A Tale of Two Halves
Harvard has thrived in the first half of games, averaging 33.9 points on 41.4 percent shooting while allowing 30.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting. In the second half, however, the Crimson is scoring 33.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting while allowing 37.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Additionally, Harvard has made 36-of-104 attempts from three before the break but just 16-of-81 after.

Streaking
Harvard won three straight games between November 30 and December 9, marking the team's longest win streak since a three-game stretch between Feb. 19 and Feb. 25 last season. The Crimson averaged 69.7 ppg during the stretch and 41.7 rpg, while allowing its opponents to score just 58.0 ppg and grab 31.0 rpg.

Shooters' Touch
The Crimson shot 50.0 percent (26-52) from the field against Alcorn State, marking the first time the team has made at least half of its attempts since shooting 60.9 percent (28-46) in a 77-46 win against Columbia on Feb. 19, 2011.

Freebies
Christine Clark made her first free throw against Minnesota to extend her consecutive makes streak to 29, but missed on her second attempt and finished 3-of-6 at the line. 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. She is shooting 84.2 percent (48-57) at the line this season, good for seventh in the Ivy League.

Doubling Up
Emma Golen recorded her first career double-double against Boston University, posting 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. 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.

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.

"The 5-8 Ohio native averaged 4.6 assists per game as a junior and ranked ninth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. She's not all pass, holding onto the ball often enough to lead the Crimson by averaging 13.6 points per game and shoot 39 percent from the 3-point line."

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.