Women's Basketball Makes Postseason Push This Weekend Against Columbia and Cornell

Women's Basketball Makes Postseason Push This Weekend Against Columbia and Cornell

Harvard will celebrate Senior Night on Saturday while looking to earn its third trip to the WNIT in four years (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team begins its final push towards a postseason bid this weekend when it hosts Columbia Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and Cornell Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m. The Crimson has three games remaining on its schedule, and is one-half game behind second-place Yale for the Ivy League's automatic invite to play in the WNIT.

A live video stream will be available for both games through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky and analyst Tom Cuddy on the call. Live stats will also be available through GoCrimson.com.

Postseason Scenarios
Harvard enters the weekend one-half game behind Yale for second place in the Ivy League with a trip to the WNIT on the line. The Crimson has three games remaining on its schedule while the Bulldogs have two. Below are the scenarios for either Harvard or Yale to clinch the postseason bid:

• Harvard can clinch on Saturday by winning both its games this weekend and Yale losing both.

• Harvard can clinch on Tuesday by winning each of its three remaining games and Yale losing one of its two this weekend.

• If both teams win each of its remaining games, Yale would win the second-place tiebreaker by virtue of having beat top-seeded Princeton.

• If Harvard loses any of its three remaining games, and Yale beats Princeton but loses to Penn, Yale would win the second-place tiebreaker by virtue of beating top-seeded Princeton.

• If Harvard loses to Cornell, and Yale loses to Princeton, Yale would win the second-place tiebreaker by virtue of being 2-0 against Cornell.

• If Harvard loses to Columbia, and Yale loses to Princeton, the second-place tiebreaker would be determined by a random draw.

Thank You, Seniors
Harvard will celebrate the accomplishments of this year's graduating seniors, co-captains Brogan Berry and Lindsay Louie, prior to Saturday's game against Cornell. Berry and Louie have helped the Crimson to 71 wins over the last four seasons, including 39 in Ivy League play, and the program's first two appearances in the WNIT in 2009 and 2010.

Non-Profit Organization Night
Local non-profit organizations can receive free admission to Friday's game against Columbia. Please e-mail dharsvp@fas.harvard.edu to reserve your tickets today!

Harvard Faculty and Staff Night
All Harvard faculty and staff may receive up to four free tickets to Friday's game against Columbia with a valid H.U.I.D. Click here to request your tickets today.

Coke Family 4 Pack
Family's can purchase their Coke Family 4 Pack for Saturday's game against Cornell which includes four tickets to the game and four free Cokes for $20. Online sales only, click here to purchase today. 

Last Time Out
Victoria Lippert scored 17 points and hit a three-pointer with just 1:13 remaining to take the lead for good as the Harvard women's basketball team defeated Penn, 57-53, Saturday night at the Palestra.

Lippert shot 7-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-4 from three, and hit her biggest shot of the night with the game on the line, breaking a 50-50 tie, the seventh tie of the night, and helping Harvard secure the victory.

Emma Golen added 13 points and was 4-of-8 from behind the arc while Christine Clark chipped in 12. Harvard shot 43.5 percent for the game and was 11-of-13 from the line.

Click here to watch highlights from the game.

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 ranked third in Harvard history and sixth in Ivy League annals with 507 career assists, and is the sixth all-time leading scorer for the Crimson with 1,37 career points. She needs just three 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.

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
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    1,377

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
2. Emily Tay '09    514
3. Brogan Berry '12    507

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
5. Lauren Benson'10, Cornell    515
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    507

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth    89.9
5. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    83.0

Just Like Home
Harvard went 8-6 in road games this season, and clinched the program's first winning road record since 2008-09 with its 57-53 win at Penn on Saturday. The Crimson enjoyed a five-game road winning streak from Jan. 3 to Feb. 4, marking the program's longest road winning streak since a seven-game stretch in 2008-09.

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 14th in program annals with 1,062 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 1,377 points.

Harvard won its 300th game in Ivy League play at home against Penn, becoming the second program after Dartmouth to reach 300 wins against Ancient Eight opponents. The Crimson has won 281 Ivy League games under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, and has won at least 10 games in the conference 16 times.

Its Been A While
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 30th season at the helm of the Crimson, coached in her 800th career game on Saturday at Penn. Delaney-Smith has also been on the sidelines for 405 Ivy League contests, and coached game 400 at home against the Quakers.

Seeing Crimson
Freshman Erin McDonnell was the star of the most recent Seeing Crimson feature on GoCrimson.com. In the video, McDonnell breaks down the keys to playing post defense and gives you a first person view of what it looks like to take a charge.

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