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Women's Basketball Travels to Dartmouth for Rematch Saturday

The Crimson will go for a record seventh straight win against Dartmouth Saturday (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team returns to action Saturday, Jan. 26 as it travels to Hanover, N.H. for a rematch with Dartmouth. The Crimson defeated the Big Green two weeks ago in both team's Ivy League opener, 88-66, for its sixth straight win in the series.

A live audio stream will be available through GoCrimson.com 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.

  • .@HarvardHoops is seeking its 7th straight win over Dartmouth which would mark the program's longest win streak vs. the Big Green
  • .@HarvardHoops is enjoying a 3 game win streak which has seen the Crimson outscore its opponents by 18.3 ppg
  • Christine Clark has led @HarvardHoops in scoring during its current 3 game win streak with an average of 20.7 ppg
  • .@whatsthatsmELLE has dished out 11 assists during @HarvardHoops 3 game win streak (3.7 apg) while committing just one turnover
  • .@HarvardHoops has won 12 of 22 weekly awards from @Ivy_Athletics this year, 1 shy of the program record for honors in a single season
  • .@HarvardHoops currently ranks 2nd in the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (42%), 17th in FG percentage (45%) & 18th in FT percentage (76%)
  • .@HarvardHoops is currently ranked No. 22 in the @CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 and has been ranked for 8 straight weeks

Last Time Out
Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert combined for 41 points to lead the Harvard women's basketball team past Dartmouth, 88-66, Saturday afternoon as the team opened its 39th season of Ivy League play.

Clark finished the day with a game-high 22 points and shot 8-of-11 from the field, including a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. Lippert contributed 19 points with four three-pointers as each pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Shilpa Tummala  shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and hit two three's for a career-high 10 points.

Harvard shot 46.3 percent (31-67) for the game and 40.0 percent from the three-point line. Dartmouth, meanwhile, shot just 39.6 percent (21-53) and was outrebounded by the Crimson, 42-32. Faziah Steen was the Big Green's leading scorer with 18 points as Lakin Roland added 13.

The Sights and Sounds of Harvard Women's Basketball
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith was wired for sound as the Crimson defeated UMass, 85-59, to open the New Year.

Impacting the Game
The Crimson boasts two 1,000-point scorers in its lineup whose play directly affects the outcome of games. Harvard is 8-3 this season when Christine Clark scores at least 15 points and is 6-1 when Victoria Lippert reaches the same benchmark. By comparison, Harvard is 2-2 when Clark does not score 15 points and is 4-4 in games Lippert does not score 15.

Scoring in Bunches
Christine Clark has a penchant for quick scoring outbursts and boasts eight stretches this season in which she has scored at least six points in 2:20 or less. These outbursts have included just three three-pointers and have all come in games when Clark has scored at least 15 points.

Trending

  • Harvard has won six straight games against Dartmouth, matching the team's longest win streak in the series. The Crimson's senior class is 6-1 all-time against the Big Green.
  • Harvard has won three straight games by an average of 18.3 ppg and has held its opponents to just 39.1 percent shooting in that time.
  • Christine Clark has led the Crimson in scoring each of the last three games and has averaged 20.7 ppg during that stretch.
  • Elle Hagedorn has dished out 11 assists over the team's last three games (3.7 apg) while committing just one turnover.
  • The Crimson is a perfect 5-0 at home in 2012-13 and has won eight straight games at Lavietes Pavilion. 
  • Harvard has made at least one three-pointer in 113 straight games, the second longest streak in program history.

Top Plays
GoCrimson.com 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.

Lighting Up The Scoreboard
The Crimson has scored at least 80 points thiree times this season and is averaging an Ivy League best 70.3 ppg. Harvard scored more 80 points just twice in 2011-12 after turning in seven 80-plus point performances in 2010-11.

Pollsters
Harvard has moved to No. 22 in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25, matching its highest ranking of the year. The Crimson debuted in the poll Dec. 4 at No. 25, the program's first appearance in the poll. Three of Harvard's 2012-13 opponents are also featured in the rankings, including No. 11 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 9 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT) and No. 8 Princeton.

Ivy Openers
Harvard improved to 22-17 all-time in Ivy League openers and 19-12 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith with its 88-66 victory over Dartmouth on Jan. 12. The game marked the 13th straight season that the Crimson and Big Green have met in the first game of the Ivy League schedule with Harvard holding an 8-5 edge in those contests.
 
And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up 12 of the Ivy League's 22 weekly awards handed out this season and has won at least one award each week it has competed. The all-time record for most weekly awards won in a single season belongs to the 2009-10 Princeton squad which took home a total of 15 honors. Harvard boasts the second highest weekly award total in conference history, having garned a total of 13 awards during both the 1994-95 and 2008-09 campaings.

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
Dec. 31
Temi Fagbenle, POW & ROW
Jan. 7 Christine Clark, POW & Temi Fagbenle ROW
Jan. 14 Christine Clark, POW

Balling
Junior Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 14 for the second straight week and the third time this season after scoring a game-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting with a team-best seven rebounds. Clark now boasts six career player of the week honors, tying her with former Crimson Tammy Butler '95 and Emma Markley '11 for 10th place on the Ivy League's all-time player of the week list.

Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Jan. 7, marking the fourth time in five weeks she had taken home the honor. Fagbenle has now won seven weekly awards from the Ancient Eight on the season, twice being named player of the week and earning rookie of the week five times.

Fagbenle is the first Crimson to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Week 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. She is also the first student-athlete to sweep the weekly awards twice in the same season since Penn's Alyssa Baron in 2010-11.

Club 1,000
Junior Christine Clark became the 18th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club on Jan. 2 as she scored 19 points against UMass. Clark reached the milestone in just her 71st career game, making her the fastest Crimson to reach 1,000 points since Reka Cserny '05 did so in her 60th career appearance. She now ranks 16th in program history with 1,050 points.

Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in eighth place in program history with 1,304 points. Lippert needs just 12 more points to move past Deb Flandermeyer '93 into seventh place.

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 18 1,000 point scorers has been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.

Margin of Victory
Harvard registered an 85-59 win over UMass on Jan. 2, marking the program's largest margin of victory (+26) since defeating Columbia by 31 points on Feb. 19, 2011, 77-46.

They're On Fire
Harvard shot 51.6 percent from the field against UMass, marking the fourth time this season that Harvard has shot at least 50.0 percent from the floor. The Crimson has also shot above 50.0 percent from three-point range five times this year, most recently turning in a 6-of-12 performance from deep at Rhode Island.

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.

The Crimson shot better than 50.0 percent from the floor in back-to-back games against Holy Cross (50.9%) and BYU (50.0), marking the first time Harvard has accomplished the feat 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.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (45.1) and three-point percentage (41.5), and ranks 17th 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.

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 33-of-37 at the charity stripe this season and has made 49 or her last 53 attempts.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 75.9 percent at the line and is ranked 18th in the NCAA.

D-Fence
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 18-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 26-5 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 5-0 at home in 2012-13 and 58-17 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.

Road Tripping
Harvard is 5-3 in true road games this season and 5-5 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. Last year the Crimson posted a 9-7 record away from home, marking the program's first winning road record since 2008-09.

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 went 8-2 to begin the year with the 1987-88 team also capturing an Ancient Eight crown.

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.

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 73 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 62 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and 11 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 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.