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Women's Basketball Seeks Third Straight Win Tuesday at Holy Cross

Harvard will match the program's best start to a season since 1987-88 with a win Tuesday (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will go for its third straight win Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. when it faces Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. A victory would improve the Crimson to 3-1, matching the program's best four-game record since the 1987-88 team opened the year 5-0.

Fans unable to attend Tuesday's game can follow all of the action live online at GoCrimson.com via an audio stream with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call.

Tweetables
Below are 140 character or less notes on the Harvard women's basketball team, perfect for sharing with your followers on Twitter. Follow @HarvardCrimson for all the latest news and notes on your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams or use the hashtag #GoCrimson to see what fans are saying about Crimson athletics.

  • Victoria Lippert was named the @Ivy_Athletics Player of the Week on Monday for the 2nd time in her career and 1st time since 2011
  • .@imEMMAude is 9-10 from 3-point range this year, @Harvardhoops' best performance since @cmatera15 went 10-19 in 2009-10 #MaudeCantMiss
  • Christine Clark is the first player to lead @HarvardHoops in scoring in each of the first 3 games since Hana Peltjo in 2002-03
  • .@TemiFagbenle & Victoria Lippert have combined for 2 double-doubles in 3 games, @HarvardHoops needed 12 games last year for its first 2
  • .@HarvardHoops is looking to match its best record through 4 games (3-1) since the 1987-88 team went a perfect 5-0 to open the year

Last Time Out
Victoria Lippert recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double and Christine Clark added 18 points as the Harvard women's basketball team defeated BYU, 71-65, Friday evening in the team's home opener.

Lippert hit two three-pointers and was a perfect 5-of-5 at the line while Clark went 8-of-16 from the floor and added a team-best four assists. Temi Fagbenle also scored in double-figures with 13 points and Miriam Rutzen chipped in nine.

Harvard shot a season-high 50.9 percent (27-53) for the game and was 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Crimson outrebounded BYU 29-26 and held a 40-28 advantage in the paint.

What a Start
Harvard is off to a 2-1 start for the fourth time in the last five years and a victory on Tuesday would match the program's best four-game record since the 1987-88 team opened the year 5-0. Harvard has gone 3-1 through the first four games 13 times in program history and nine times since 1987-88.

Lights-Out Lippert
Senior Victoria Lippert was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after registering a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in the Crimson's win over BYU. Her greatest contribution came late with the game on the line, scoring five points in the final 1:01 to secure the victory.

She's on Fire
Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 9-of-10 three-point attempts to start the season, including a 4-of-4 performance at North Dakota State. Her nine made three's through three games are the most for a Crimson student-athlete since Christine Matera '11 went 10-of-19 to begin the 2009-10 campaign, while her 90.0 percent clip is the highest with a minimum of 10 attempts since Rochelle Bell '05 shot 66.7 percent (8-12) to begin 2002-03.

Lead of the Pack
Junior Christine Clark has led Harvard in scoring in each of its first three games, becoming the first Crimson student-athlete to do so since Hannah Peltjo '04 notched a team high in six straight games to open the 2002-03 campaign. Peltjo went on to average 21.3 ppg for the year, the fourth-highest total in program history, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage and three-point percentage, shooting 48.4 percent (76-157) from the floor and 51.2 percent (22-43) from three. Harvard last led the league in both categories in 2008-09 when it connected on 43.8 percent of its attempts from the floor and 33.8 percent of its attempts from three.

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert have combined for two double-doubles through the team's first three games. It took the Crimson six games to record its first double-double last season while its second didn't come until game 12.

Fagbenle became the first Crimson rookie to register a double-double since Christine Clark's 18-point, 10-rebound performance against Dartmouth on Jan. 15, 2011, and is the first Crimson rookie to do so in her first weekend of action since Hannah Peljto '04 went for 21 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against St. Peter's on Nov. 17, 2000.

Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Nov. 12 after averaging 12.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 2.5 bpg in the first two games of her career. Fagbenle is the first Crimson to earn the award since Christine Clark won it three times in 2010-11, and is the first to take home the first honor of the year since Allison Feaster '98 did so to open the 1994-95 campaign.

3's are Wild
The Crimson went 12-of-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc on opening night, marking the team's highest three-point percentage  with a minimum of 10 attempts since going 14-of-27 (51.9%) against NJIT on Jan. 9, 2011. Harvard's 12 made three's were also a team high dating back to that same matchup with the Highlanders.

Club 1,000
Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 13th in program history with 1,149 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 846 points through two-plus seasons.

Including this year, Harvard has had a 1,000 point scorer on the floor in four of the last five seasons. Additionally, each of Harvard's 17 1,000 point scorers have been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.

Milestone Moments
Victoria Lippert, Christine Clark and Miriam Rutzen will each look to cement their places in Harvard women's basketball history this season as they climb the career ranks.

Related Link: Harvard Women's Basketball Media Center

Career Points
1.   Allison Feaster '98 2,312
11. Sarah Duncan '89 1,228
12. Barbarann Keffer '87 1,169
13. Victora Lippert '13 1,149
--   Christine Clark '14 846

Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 139

Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
5. Elaine Holpuch '83 233
6. Barbarann Keffer '87 229
7. Christine Clark '14 227

Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
6. Tammy Butler '95 78
7. Emma Moretzsohn '09 68
    Miriam Rutzen '13 68

D-Fence
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 14-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 19-4 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson went 8-4 at Lavietes Pavilion in 2011-12, marking the sixth straight year that Harvard has posted a winning record at home. The Crimson is 54-17 in Lavietes in that time, including a near perfect 12-1 mark in 2009-10.

Inside Ivy League Basketball
"Inside Ivy League Basketball," a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League men's and women's basketball, returns for its second season in 2012-13.

Hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside Ivy League Basketball" takes in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy League men's and women's basketball on and off the courts. "Inside" runs a two-man weave this season with episodes on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com with every episode available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.     

Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the Ancient Eight' segment. With its 'Program Profile' segment, the show visits with players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League men's and women's basketball, both past and present. With its 'Ivy Insights' segment, local and national media join the show to give their thoughts and perspectives on covering the conference.

Via Facebook (search Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops), fans and alumni can follow the show and get a chance to test their Ivy acumen with the 'Trivia Talk' segment. The first person posting the correct answer to each week's trivia question wins a gift certificate to the League's official online store at shop.ivyleaguesports.com.

Check IvyLeagueSports.com each week for this season's episode schedule and guest lineups.