Women's Basketball Looks To Knock Off First Place Princeton, Penn on Road Trip

Women's Basketball Looks To Knock Off First Place Princeton, Penn on Road Trip

Harvard enters the weekend needing to win each of its five remaining games to stay alive in the chase for the Ivy League Title (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will close out its final road trip of the season this weekend with trips to Princeton and Penn. The Crimson will first take on the Tigers Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Princeton, N.J., before facing the Quakers Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.

Live video and stats will be available for both games through GoPrincetonTigers.com and PennAthletics.com, respectively.

Last Time Out
Brogan Berry became the first Ivy Leaguer to record 1,300 points and 500 assists while leading the Harvard women's basketball team to a 71-51 win over Yale Saturday evening in Providence, R.I.

Berry finished the night with eight points and seven assists, giving her 1,361 career points and 503 career assists. She currently ranks sixth in program history in scoring while her assist total is third in program annals, sixth in the Ivy League. Harvard's 20-point margin of victory was its largest against the Bulldogs since 1997.

Christine Clark scored a game-high 23 points, marking the fourth time in the last six games she has scored 20-plus. The sophomore did so on 10-of-12 shooting and added seven rebounds. Emma Golen notched a career-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Victoria Lippert and Elle Hagedorn added 14 points and 11 points, respectively.

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History in the Making
Brogan Berry became the first Ivy Leaguer to surpass both the 1,300 point and 500 assist plateaus last weekend and is only the 56th student-athlete in NCAA women's basketball history to do so.  Entering Friday, Berry ranks third in Harvard history and sixth in Ivy League annals with 503 career assists, and is the sixth all-time leading scorer for the Crimson with 1,361 career points. She needs just 19 more points to break into the Ivy League all-time top 30, and is on pace to become just the 49th student-athlete in  NCAA annals to score 1,400 points and dish out 500 assists.

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Career Scoring (Harvard)
1.    Allison Feaster '98    2,312
2. Hana Peljto '04    2,109
3. Reka Cserny '05    1,863
4. Tammy Butler '95    1,605
5. Erin Maher '93    1,582
6. Brogan Berry '12    1,361

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
2. Emily Tay '09    514
3. Brogan Berry '12    503

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
5. Lauren Benson'10, Cornell    515
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    503

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth    89.9
5. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    82.8

Down to the Wire
Harvard entered this weekend in third place of the Ivy League standings at 6-3 with five games to play, but just one half game behind Yale which is 7-3. The Crimson still have a shot at winning the conference's regular season title and its automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and needs to win out while receiving help from Princeton (9-0) to do so.

If Harvard finishes in a tie for either first or second place, the following tiebreaking criteria will be used to break the tie and determine the Ivy League's automatic bid to either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT.

1. Results of head-to-head competition between the tied teams.

2. Comparison of each team's record against the team occupying the next position in the standings.

3. Random draw.

Players of the Week
Junior Christine Clark and senior Brogan Berry have combined to earn five Ivy League Player of the Week honors this season, the most for any single team in the conference. Clark has been named player of the week three times after earning three Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards last season. Berry, meanwhile, owns five career player of the week honors, putting her one shy of entering the Ancient Eight's all-time top 10.

Welcome to the Club
Junior Victoria Lippert became the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club on Feb. 10 against Penn and is only the sixth student-athlete in Crimson history to do so as an underclassman. Lippert enters the weekend ranked 15th in program annals with 1,041 points. Senior Brogan Berry is also a member of the 1,000 point club and was the fifth student-athlete to eclipse 1,000 points as an underclassman. She currently ranks sixth in the Harvard record books with 1,361 points.

Harvard won its 300th game in Ivy League play against Penn, becoming the second program after Dartmouth to reach 300 wins against Ancient Eight opponents. The Crimson has won 280 Ivy League games under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, and has won at least 10 games in the conference 16 times.

Just Like Home
Harvard has posted a 7-5 record on the road this season, including a five-game winning streak from Jan. 3 to Feb. 4, the program's longest road winning streak since a seven-game stretch in 2008-09. The Crimson is seeking its first winning season on the road since going 10-5 in that same 2008-09 campaign.

Its Been A While
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 30th season at the helm of the Crimson, has coached 798 career games and will coach her 800th on Saturday at Penn. Delaney-Smith has also been on the sidelines for 403 Ivy League contests, reaching the milestone at home against the Quakers.

Seeing Crimson
Ffreshman Kaitlyn Dinkins was the subject of the most recent Seeing Crimson feature on GoCrimson.com. In the video, Dinkins takes fans into a typical day of ball handling drills for the Harvard women's basketball team.

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