Women's Basketball Opens Surf 'N Slam Classic Versus #14/13 Oklahoma State

Women's Basketball Opens Surf 'N Slam Classic Versus #14/13 Oklahoma State

Golen leads the NCAA in three-point shooting percentage while the Crimson rank third as a team (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team is set to return to action following a two-week break for finals at the San Diego Surf 'N Slam against No. 14/13 Oklahoma State Friday, Dec. 28. The Crimson will then meet either San Diego State or SMU in the tournament's second round Sunday, Dec. 30.

Live stats will be available for both games online at

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  • .@HarvardHoops is currently ranked No. 23 in the @CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 and has been ranked for 3 straight weeks
  • .@HarvardHoops' 7-3 record is the 2nd best in program history through 10 games behind the 1997-98, 1987-88 and 1976-77 squad's 8-2 marks
  • .@TemiFagbenle was named both the @Ivy_Athletics POW & ROW on Dec. 17 and has earned 4 weekly awards from the conference this year
  • .@HarvardHoops enters the weekend ranked 3rd in the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (42%), 16th in FT percentage (77%) & 20th in FG percentage (45%)
  • .@imEMMAude currently leads the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (66%) and has gone 21-of-32 from deep on the year #MaudeCantMiss
  • .@HarvardHoops has made at least 1 3-pointer in 108 straight games, the 2nd longest streak in program history

Last Time Out
Temi Fagbenle and Miriam Rutzen combined for 26 points and 21 rebounds as the Harvard women's basketball team had its four-game winning streak halted at Boston University in overtime, 68-61.

Fagbenle recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds while Rutzen chipped in 12 points and seven boards. Victoria Lippert and Christine Clark added eight points apiece with Clark also leading the way with four assists.

The Crimson owned the post with a 47-36 rebounding advantage and a 34-12 edge in points in the paint, but BU hit 10 three-pointers and went 14-of-17 from the line to steal the victory.

Top Plays introduced a new video feature to its lineup for the 2012-13 season, "Top Plays of the Month," counting down the greatest moments from your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams from the previous calendar month. Use the hashtag #CrimsonTop10 to nominate your favorite plays for inclusion.

What a Start
Harvard's 7-3 record to start the season ranks as the second-best record through 10 games in program history. The Crimson has gone 8-2 three times, most recently in 1997-98 en route to a 23-5 overall record and an Ivy League title. Both the 1976-77 and 1987-88 squads also went 8-2 to begin the year with the 1987-88 team also capturing an Ancient Eight crown.

Harvard has moved up to No. 23 in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25. Harvard debuted in the poll Dec. 4 at No. 25, marking the program's first appearance in the poll. Three of Harvard's 2012-13 opponents are also featured in the rankings, including No. 13 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 7 Princeton and No. 14 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT).

The Crimson has gone to overtime twice this season and owns a 1-1 record when playing an extra frame. Harvard did not play a single overtime game in 2011-12 and has not played multiple overtime games in the same season since 2009-10. The Crimson is 11-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and is 12-6 all-time in overtime.

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard picked up seven of the first 12 Ivy League weekly awards handed out and earned at least one award in each of the season's first six 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.

2012-13 Ivy League Honors
Nov. 12Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Nov. 19 – Victoria Lippert, POW
Nov. 26 – Christine Clark, POW
Dec. 3 – Victoria Lippert, POW
Dec. 10 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Dec. 17 – Temi Fagbenle, POW & ROW

Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle has earned four weekly awards from the Ivy League this season including one player of the week honor and three rookie of the week accolades. Fagbenle most recently was named both player and rookie of the week after registering a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double at BU, becoming the first player to win both awards since Penn's Alyssa Baron did so twice during the 2010-11 season.

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.

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert have combined for three double-doubles through the team's first 10 games. It took the Crimson six games to record its first double-double last season and the team didn't register its third until game 14.

Fagbenle has posted two double-doubles in her rookie campaign, most recently notching 14 points and 14 rebounds at BU. Her 14 rebounds were the highest total for a member of the Crimson since Emma Markley '11 grabbed 15 versus Northeastern on Dec. 9, 2009, and were the most for a Crimson rookie since Hana Paljto's '04 15-rebound performance against New Hampshire on Nov. 28, 2000.

Fagbenle is also 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 was 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.

Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 21-of-32 three-point attempts to start the season and entered the weekend ranked first in the NCAA in three-point percentage (65.6%). Golen's 21 makes are the fifth most through 10 games in program history while her three-point percentage ranks No. 1.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (45.0) and three-point percentage (42.3), and entered the weekend ranked 20th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and third 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.

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 23-of-24 at the charity stripe this season and has made 40 for her last 41 attempts.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 76.8 percent at the line and entered the weekend ranked 16th in the NCAA.

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
9.   Emma Markley '11 1,285
10. Emily Tay '09 1,263
11. Victora Lippert '13 1,234
--   Christine Clark '14 962

Career Field Goals
1. Allison Feaster '98 771
7. Sarah Duncan '89 481
8. Brogan Berry '12 468
9. Victoria Lippert '13 464

Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 149

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 81

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 97

Club 1,000
Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 11th in program history with 1,234 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 962 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.

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 108 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.

Block Party
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 81 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in eight of Harvard's 10 games this season and has registered multiple blocks six times. For her career, Rutzen has 19 multi-block performances.

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 16-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 24-5 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 4-3 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.

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.

Grand Theft
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.

Lights-Out Lippert
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.

November Numbers
The Crimson went 5-2 in the month of November to set 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.

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.

You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 68 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.

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 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. on with every episode available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and     

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

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