Women's Basketball Set to Renew Rivalry with BU Monday
The Harvard women's basketball team will renew its longest running non-conference rivalry when it travels to face cross-town foe Boston University Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The game will mark the 21st straight season that the team's have met and will serve as the 28th contest between the two overall.
Fans unable to attend the game can follow all of the action via a live audio stream on GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call.
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- .@HarvardHoops is currently ranked No. 25 in the @CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25, its 1st time appearing in the poll
- .@HarvardHoops' 7-2 record to begin the year is the 2nd best in program history through 9 games behind the 1997-98 squad's 8-1 mark
- .@HarvardHoops' has won 3 straight games against @BUAthletics and will be seeking a program-record fourth-straight win on Monday
- .@HarvardHoops entered the weekend ranked 3rd in the NCAA in FT percentage (81%), 6th in 3-pt percentage (43%) & 25th in FG percentage (45)
- .@imEMMAude entered the weekend leading the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (68%) and has gone19-of-28 from deep on the year #MaudeCantMiss
- .@melissmullins registered a career-high 7 steals against Providence, becoming the 1st Crimson to do so since @etay31 in 2007
- .@HarvardHoops has made at least 1 3-pointer in 107 straight games, the 2nd longest streak in program history
Last Time Out
Facing a 50-49 deficit with 7:34 to play, the Harvard women's basketball team closed the game out on a 24-9 run to earn a 73-59 win over Providence Tuesday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The win was the team's fourth in a row to improve to 7-2 on the year, marking just the fourth time in program history that Harvard has started 7-2 or better.
Christine Clark scored a team-high 17 points and dished out four assists while Victoria Lippert notched 15 points to go with a game-high seven rebounds, four dimes and three steals. Temi Fagbenle added 15 points including 13 in the second half.
Harvard's victory was keyed by stellar play at the defensive end as the Crimson forced 20 Providence turnovers and blocked five shots. Melissa Mullins led the charge with a career-high seven steals, tied for seventh-most in program history, as Miriam Rutzen registered three blocks.
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What a Start
Harvard's 7-2 record to start the season ranks as the second-best record through nine games in program history. The Crimson went 8-1 to begin the 1997-98 campaign en route to a 23-5 overall record and an Ivy League title. Both the 1987-88 and 1976-77 squads began 7-2 and finished their year's at 21-5 and 18-3, respectively, with the 1987-88 team earning the program's second Ancient Eight crown.
The Crimson was ranked ranked No. 25 in the most recent CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 released Dec. 4, marking the program's first appearance in the poll. Three of Harvard's 2012-13 opponents are also featured in the rankings, including No. 6 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 7 Princeton and No. 21 Boston University.
Related Link: CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25
BIG Time Win
Harvard's 73-59 win over Providence Dec. 4 marked the program's second victory over a BIG EAST opponent on its home floor in as many years after last season's 63-56 triumph over St. John's. The Crimson's win against the Red Storm was the team's first over a BIG EAST opponent in exactly eight years, following a 73-59 win at Providence on Dec. 22, 2003. It was also Harvard's first win over a BIG EAST opponent at Lavietes Pavilion since a 79-76 triumph against Syracuse on Nov. 22, 2002, and its first over a BCS conference school since an 82-81 win over Boston College on Nov. 14, 2009.
They're On Fire
Harvard shot 50.9 percent from the field against Providence and 58.3 percent from three, marking the third time this season that Harvard has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field and the fourth time the team has shot at least 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Crimson also shot 50.9 percent against BYU and 50.0 percent at Holy Cross, marking the first time Harvard has shot at least 50.0 percent from the floor in back-to-back games since Feb. 4-5, 2011 against Princeton and Penn. Harvard last shot 50.0 percent or better in three straight games Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2004 against Columbia, Penn and Princeton.
Last season, the Crimson turned in only two performances of shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field and failed to shoot 50.0 percent or better from deep a single time.
Junior Melissa Mullins registered a career-high seven steals against Providence Dec. 4, tying her for the seventh-best single-game performance in program history. Pat Horne '83 set the school record for steals in a game when she came up with nine takeaways in a 70-64 win over Wake Forest on Dec. 20, 1980. The last Crimson to record at least seven steals in a single game was Emily Tay '09 on Feb. 23, 2007.
Harvard forced 20 turnovers in total against the Friars, marking the most turnovers forced by the Crimson since hitting the same number at Penn March 4, 2011. The team's 16 steals, meanwhile, were also a high for the squad since notching 16 against Penn Feb. 5, 2011.
Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 19-of-28 three-point attempts to start the season and entered the weekend ranked first in the NCAA in three-point percentage (67.9%). Golen's 19 makes are the fifth most through nine games in program history while her three-point percentage ranks No. 1.
At The Line
Christine Clark opened the year going 28-of-28 at the line and had a streak of 30 consecutive makes at the charity stripe dating back to last season, surpassing her previous career best of 29 straight successful free-throw attempts. Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, is 22-of-23 at the charity stripe this season and has made 39 for her last 40 attempts.
Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 77.7 percent at the line and entered the weekend ranked third in the NCAA.
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (46.0) and three-point percentage (43.9), and entered the weekend ranked 25th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and sixth 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.
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
1. Allison Feaster '98 2,312
10. Emily Tay '09 1,263
11. Sarah Duncan '89 1,228
12. Victora Lippert '13 1,226
-- Christine Clark '14 954
Career Field Goals
1. Allison Feaster '98 771
7. Sarah Duncan '89 481
8. Brogan Berry '12 468
9. Victoria Lippert '13 461
Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 148
Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
3. Brogan Berry '12 395
4. Tammy Butler '95 301
5. Christine Clark '14 254
Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
3. Emma Markley '11 190
4. Reka Cserny '05 122
5. Miriam Rutzen '13 79
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 96
Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 12th in program history with 1,226 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 954 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 16-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 24-4 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 3-0 at home in 2012-13 and 57-17 in Lavietes Pavilion over the last seven seasons. This includes a near-perfect 12-1 campaign in 2009-10 which included 11 straight victories at home to begin the year.
Just Like Home
Harvard is 4-2 on the road this season and last year posted a 9-7 record away from Lavietes Pavilion, marking the program's first winning road record since 2008-09.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 107 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 Victoria Lippert was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Dec. 3 for the second time this season after averaging 21.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Crimson. Lippert tallied 21 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead Harvard past New Hampshire on Wednesday then turned in 21 points at Hofstra on Saturday with seven coming in overtime.
Lippert was also 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.
And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up an Ivy League award in each of the season's first four 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.
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.
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.
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.
You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 67 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 57 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and nine games in which she has scored more than 20 points.
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 79 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in seven of Harvard's nine games this season and has registered multiple blocks five times. For her career, Rutzen has 18 multi-block performances.
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.