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Women's Basketball Makes First Ivy Road Trip to Yale and Brown

The Crimson will look to bounce back from its first Ivy League loss at Yale and Brown (OAC).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will embark on its first Ivy League road trip of the season this weekend as it heads to Yale and Brown. The Crimson will first take on the Bulldogs Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. before facing the Bears Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

A live audio stream will be available for both games through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call.

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  • .@TemiFagbenle ranks 9th in @Ivy_Athletics history with 6 ROW honors and has earned a total of 8 weekly awards this year (2 POW, 6 ROW)
  • Christine Clark is averaging 21.3 ppg over her the 3 games and has led @HarvardHoops in scoring each of the last 4 times out
  • .@MRutzen25 has recorded at least 1 block in 6 straight games and leads @Ivy_Athletics with 1.6 bpg
  • .@TemiFagbenle has averaged 8.7 rpg over the last seven games including 4 double-digit rebounding performances
  • .@HarvardHoops has won 13 of 24 weekly awards from @Ivy_Athletics this year, 2 shy of the conference record for honors in a single season
  • .@HarvardHoops currently ranks 3rd in the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (39%), 16th in FG percentage (45%) & 31st in FT percentage (75%)
  • .@HarvardHoops is currently ranked No. 24 in the @CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 and has been ranked for 9 straight weeks

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's basketball team cut a 13-point deficit to six late in the second half but could not complete the comeback and fell to Dartmouth 58-45 Saturday.

Christine Clark finished the night with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting with 15 of her points coming in the second half. Temi Fagbenle, meanwhile, nearly turned in a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. No other Crimson scored more than five points as Harvard shot just 38.3 percent (18-47) for the game with a 1-of-19 performance from three.

Dartmouth connected on just 30.8 percent (16-52) of its attempts but turned 28 Crimson turnovers into 31 points. Nicola Zimmer paced the Big Green with 18 points while Faziah Steen added 13.



20 or Bust
Christine Clark has scored 20-plus points in each of Harvard's last three games, averaging 21.3 ppg during this stretch. Victoria Lippert was the last Crimson to accomplish the feat, averaging 24.0 ppg over four games in February of 2010.

Impacting the Game
The Crimson boasts two 1,000-point scorers in its lineup whose play directly affects the outcome of games. Harvard is 8-4 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 4-5 in games Lippert does not score 15.

Scoring in Bunches
Christine Clark has a penchant for quick scoring outbursts and boasts 10 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

  • Christine Clark has scored 20-plus points in three straight games, becoming the first Crimson to do so since Victoria Lippert scored 20-plus in four games in February of 2010.
  • Christine Clark has led the Crimson in scoring each of the last four games and 11 time this season.
  • Temi Fagbenle has led Harvard in rebounding in six of the last seven games, averaging 8.7 rpg during this stretch.
  • Miriam Rutzen has registered at least one blocked shot in each of her last five games played and leads the Ivy League with 1.7 bpg.
  • Harvard has won at least one Ivy League weekly award each week it has competed for a total of 13 honors this season.

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.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (44.8) and three-point percentage (39.0), and ranks 16th 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 33-of-37 at the line this season and has made 49 or her last 53 attempts.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 74.5 percent at the line and is ranked 31st in the NCAA.

Pollsters
Harvard is ranked No. 24 in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 and has reached as high as No. 22. 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. 9 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 11 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT) and No. 5 Princeton.

Lighting Up The Scoreboard
The Crimson has scored at least 80 points thiree times this season and is averaging 68.7 ppg. Harvard scored more 80 points just twice in 2011-12 after turning in seven 80-plus point performances in 2010-11.

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up 13 of the Ivy League's 24 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's 13 awards this season matches the program high set during the 1994-95 and 2008-09 campaings.

2012-13 Ivy League Honors
Nov. 12 – Temi 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
Jan. 28 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW

Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle earned her sixth Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor on Jan. 28, the ninth highest total in conference history. Fagbenle has won a total of eight weekly awards from the Ancient Eight on the season after having also been named player of the week twice.

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.

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.
 
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 15th in program history with 1,072 points.

Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in eighth place in program history with 1,306 points. Lippert needs just 11 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.

Block Party
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 86 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in 12 of the 14 games she has played and has registered multiple blocks seven times. For her career, Rutzen has 20 multi-block performances.

D-Fence
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 18-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 26-6 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 5-4 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 74 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 63 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" moves to one episode per week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning on Jan. 30, after running a two-man weave with shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the first three months of the season. Every episode available on-demand 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.