Harvard is looking to improve to 6-2 to start the season for just the fourth time in program history (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's basketball team will meet Hofstra in a rematch of last year's WNIT first round on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y. The Crimson topped the Pride on its home court a year ago, 73-71, becoming the first program in Ivy League history to advance to the WNIT's second round.
A live audio stream will be available online through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call.
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- A win at Hofstra on Saturday would mark just the fourth time @HarvardHoops history that the Crimson has begun 6-2 or better
- .@HarvardHoops entered the week 2nd in the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (45%), 9th in FT percentage (80%) & is 16th in FG percentage (47%)
- .@imEMMAude entered the week ranked 2nd in the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (68%) and is 16-of-24 from deep on the year #MaudeCantMiss
- Christine Clark is a perfect 23-23 at the line & leads the NCAA in FT percentage. Clark is 43-44 from the line dating back to last year
- .@MRutzen25 has recorded at least 1 block in 6-of-7 games this season and has rejected 7 shots over the team's last 2 games
- .@HarvardHoops has made at least 1 3-pointer in 105 straight games, the 2nd longest streak in program history
Last Time Out
Victoria Lippert scored 17 second-half points to help grow a six-point halftime lead to a 21-point advantage as the Harvard women's basketball team cruised to a 63-44 win over New Hampshire Wednesday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Lippert finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, including 6-of-8 performance after the break. It was Lippert's 12th career 20-point performance as she also added eight rebounds and two assists while playing only 23 minutes.
Christine Clark chipped in 13 points and recorded game-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4). Temi Fagbenle notched nine points and Ali Curtis turned in eight. Harvard (5-2) shot just 38.6 percent for the game but went 7-of-18 from deep and 12-of-13 at the line.
The Crimson dominated the glass and outrebounded New Hampshire (3-2) 43-27 for the game, including 18 offensive boards which led to 18 second-chance points.
What a Start
Harvard is off to a 5-2 start for just the ninth time in program history and the first time since 2004-05. A win Saturday at Hofstra would improve the Crimson to 6-2, marking just the fourth time that Harvard has begun a season at 6-2 or better. The last time Harvard began 6-2 or better was 1997-98 when the squad was 8-1 through nine games en route to winning the Ivy League championship with a 23-5 overall record and a 12-2 mark in the Ancient Eight.
Shut 'Em Down
Harvard held New Hampshire to a season-low 44 points on Nov. 28, marking the first time an opponent has scored fewer than 50 points against the Crimson since Umass (47) and TCU (44) did so in back-to-back games in January of last year.
Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson outrebounded New Hampshire 44-27 on Nov. 28, marking the team's largest rebounding margin (+15) since March 2, 2012 when it owned a 55-32 advantage on the glass in an 88-64 win over Columbia. Harvard has outrebounded its opponents in four games this season and is a perfect 4-0 when doing so.
Junior Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 26, marking her seventh career weekly honor from the conference. Clark averaged 21.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.7 apg in a 2-1 week for the Crimson, and turned in back-to-back 20-point performances at Holy Cross and Michigan. The honor marked Clark's fourth career player of the week accolade after being named rookie of the week three times in 2009-10.
Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 16-of-24 three-point attempts to start the season and entered the week ranked second in the NCAA in three-point shooting percentage.
At The Line
Christine Clark leads the nation with a perfect 23-of-23 performance at the line and has hit 43 of her last 44 attempts dating back to last season. Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, is 16-of-17 at the charity stripe this season and 33 for her last 34.
Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 81.6 percent at the line and entered the week ranked ninth in the NCAA.
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (46.1) and three-point percentage (43.9), and entered the week ranked 16th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and second in three-point percentage. 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 deep.
Leader of the Pack
Junior Christine Clark led Harvard in scoring in each of its first six games, becoming the first Crimson student-athlete to do so since Hannah Peltjo '04 led the team in six straight contests to open the 2002-03 campaign. Peltjo went on to average 21.3 ppg for the season, the fourth-highest total in program history, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.
Allison Feaster '98 owns the program record for consecutive games led in scoring at 17, 16 of which came to open the 1997-98 campaign. Feaster led the team in scoring in 25 of 26 games that year, averaging an Ancient Eight record 28.5 ppg en route to her third straight Ivy League Player of the Year honor.
And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up an Ivy League award in each of the season's first three weeks. The Crimson earned a total of five weekly honors from the conference last year split between Brogan Berry and Christine Clark, and in 2010-11 Harvard took home six awards split between Berry, Clark and Victoria Lippert.
11/12 - Temi Fagbenle, ROW
11/19 - Victoria Lippert, POW
11/26 - Christine Clark, POW
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.
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1. Allison Feaster '98 2,312
10. Emily Tay '09 1,263
11. Sarah Duncan '89 1,228
12. Victora Lippert '13 1,190
-- Christine Clark '14 923
Career Field Goals
1. Allison Feaster '98 771
8. Brogan Berry '12 468
9. Erin Maher '92 451
10. Victoria Lippert '13 448
Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 144
Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
3. Brogan Berry '12 395
4. Tammy Butler '95 301
5. Christine Clark '14 241
Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
4. Reka Cserny '05 122
5. Tammy Butler '95 78
6. Miriam Rutzen '13 76
Career Games Played
1. Brogan Berry '12 116
10. Beth Chandler '88-89 101
Sharon Hayes '88 101
Nancy Cibotti '88 101
-- Victoria Lippert '13 94
Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 12th in program history with 1,190 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 923 points through two-plus seasons.
Including this year, Harvard has had at least one 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.
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 15-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 22-4 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 2-0 at home in 2012-13 and 56-17 in Lavietes Pavilion over the last seven seasons.
Just Like Home
Harvard is 3-2 on the road this season and last year posted a 9-7 record away from home, marking the program's first winning road record since 2008-09.
The Crimson went 5-2 in the month of November, setting a new program record for wins before the month of Decmeber. Harvard last posted five wins in a single month during the 2010-11 season, registering six in January and five in February.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 105 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09, the second longest streak in program history. The record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer stands at 172, a streak which began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks sixth in program history with 76 career blocks, has rejected seven shots over the team's last two games and has recorded at least one blocked shot in six of Harvard's seven games this season.
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.
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 was 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.
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.