Harvard is 6-0 this season in Lavietes Pavilion and has won nine straight at home (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's basketball team will look to complete the season sweep of Brown and Yale this weekend while remaining unbeaten at home. The Crimson will first host the Bears Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. before welcoming the Bulldogs to Lavietes Pavilion Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.
A live video stream will be available through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky and analyst Helen Williams on the call. Live stats will also be provided.
Parking Advisory for Harvard Athletics Feb. 22-24
Due to construction on North Harvard Street and the Anderson Memorial Bridge, fans traveling to Harvard home events this weekend are advised to allow more time to arrive. Additionally, Harvard athletics has several home contests slated for Feb. 22-24, and with many events occurring at the same time, fans should allow more time to arrive and park their vehicles in the appropriate Harvard parking areas.
More information on directions to the Harvard Athletics Complex is available here.
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- .@HarvardHoops will #Play4Kay on Saturday versus @YaleAthletics, raising money and awareness for the @KayYowFund
- .@HarvardHoops will attempt to sweep both @BrownAthletics & @YaleAthletics in the season series this weekend for the 1st time since 2009-10
- .@HarvardHoops has won 9 straight games at Lavietes Pavilion, including 6 this season, and has not lost at home in more than a year
- With her next 3-pointer, @TheVictator21 will move past @CMatera15 into sole possession of 2nd place on @HarvardHoops career 3-pointers list
- .@whatsthatsmELLE & @MRutzen25 will each play in their 100th career game for @HarvardHoops this weekend, joining only 13 others to do so
- .@TemiFagbenle's 4 double-doubles this year are the most since Emma Markley posted 7 as a junior in 2009-10
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's basketball team suffered its second loss of the weekend with a 67-51 setback at Princeton Saturday night.
Victoria Lippert scored a team-high 13 points while Temi Fagbenle added 10 points and eight rebounds. Erin McDonnell, meanwhile, registered a new career-high with nine points and five boards as Elle Hagedorn chipped in seven points and four rebounds. Miriam Rutzen led the defensive charge, grabbing eight rebounds and recording three steals to go with four assists.
Harvard held a slight rebounding advantage over Pricneton, 38-37, as the teams matched each other with 26 points in the paint. The Crimson (38.9%) and Tigers (39.3%) also shot a similar percentage from the floor but Princeton sank seven three-pointers and added 12 points from the free throw line to help put it over the edge. Blake Dietrick led all scorers with 19 points while Niveen Rasheed turned in a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.
The Crimson will host its annual Pink Zone game Saturday versus Yale in an effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Harvard University President Drew Faust will be on hand to take part in a special pregame ceremony to honor all those affected by the disease.
All fans who wear pink to Saturday's game will get a free spin of the prize wheel at the marketing table. Donations will be collected for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, along with proceeds from the evenings prize pack raffle, sales of pink t-shirts, Bounce 4 Bucks halftime promotion, and for each $2 spin of the Harvard Athletics Prize wheel. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund supports research, provides grants, and drives inspiration in the fight against women's cancers.
- Harvard is a perfect 6-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season and has won nine consecutive games at home dating back to last year.
- Harvard has outrebounded its opponents in nine straight games and has held a double-digit rebounding advantage four times during this stretch.
- Temi Fagbenle has led the Crimson in rebounding in 10 of the last 12 games and is averaging 8.8 boards per game during this stretch.
- Miriam Rutzen has registered at least one blocked shot in four straight games and has already set a career-high with 28 rejections this season.
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Hitting the Century Mark
Seniors Elle Hagedorn and Miriam Rutzen will each appear in their 100th career game this weekend. Hagedorn enters play Friday having appeared in 99 contests for the Crimson while Rutzen has seen action in 98 games while making 61 career starts. Only 13 members of the Crimson have ever reached 100 games played, including Victoria Lippert who ranks sixth in program history with 108 appearances.
Temi Fagbenle has posted four double-doubles this season, the most for the Crimson since Emma Markley '11 turned in seven as a junior in 2009-10. Fagbenle's first double-double came the opening weekend at North Dakota, making her the first Crimson rookie to record a double-double 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.
Owning the Boards
Temi Fagbenle has led the Crimson in rebounding in 10 of the team's last 12 games and 13 times overall. Fagbenle has averaged 8.8 rpg during this stretch and has posted double-digit rebounding totals five times.
Turn it up to 11
Temi Fagbenle set a new career-high with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting at Penn, marking the most field goals made for an individual member of the Crimson since Christine Clark went 11-of-14 from the field for 28 points against Columbia on Feb. 19, 2011.
Getting off on the Right Foot
The Crimson posted a 4-1 record to begin Ivy League play, marking the third straight year Harvard has begun 4-1 or better in the conference.
Impacting the Game
The Crimson boasts two 1,000-point scorers in its lineup whose play directly affects the outcome of games. Harvard is 10-4 this season when Christine Clark scores at least 15 points and is 7-1 when Victoria Lippert reaches the same benchmark. By comparison, Harvard is 3-4 when Clark does not score 15 points and is 6-7 in games Lippert does not score 15.
Scoring in Bunches
Christine Clark has a penchant for quick scoring outbursts and boasts 11 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.
And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up 14 of the Ivy League's 30 weekly awards handed out this season and won at least one award in 11 of the 13 weeks 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 14 awards this season is a new program high, surpassing the previous mark of 13 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
Feb. 4 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle earned her seventh Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor on Feb. 4, the fifth highest total in conference history. Fagbenle's seven honors also ties her with Hana Peljto '04 for second most in Crimson history, behind only the nine awards taken home by Allison Feater '98 in 1995.
Fagbenle has won a total of nine weekly awards from the Ancient Eight on the season after having also been named player of the week twice. She is the first student-athlete to sweep the weekly awards twice in the same season since Penn's Alyssa Baron in 2010-11.
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 against Dartmouth. 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.
Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 6-0 at home in 2012-13 and has won nine straight home games dating back to last year. Harvard boasts a 59-17 record in Lavietes since 2006-07 and went a near-perfect 12-1 during the 2009-10 campaign which included 11 straight victories at home to begin the year.
Harvard is 7-6 in true road games this season and 7-8 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.
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 20-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 30-8 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
Harvard has won three games this season when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a 35-33 halftime deficit to earn a 68-58 win at Brown.
The Crimson owns a 2-1 record in overtime games this season. 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 12-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and is 13-6 all-time in overtime.
20 or Bust
Christine Clark scored 20-plus points in three straight games from Jan. 6 - 26, 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.
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 91 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in 15 of the 19 games she has played and has registered multiple blocks eight times. For her career, Rutzen has 21 multi-block performances.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 119 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.
Harvard enters the weekend ranked first in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage (44.1) and three-point percentage (36.2), and ranks 21st in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and 17th 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 47-of-52 at the line this season and has made 63 or her last 68 attempts dating back to last year.
Harvard ranks second in the Ivy League at 73.2 percent at the line and entered the weekend ranked 52nd in the NCAA.
Harvard has returned to the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 at No. 24 after dropping out of the poll last week. The Crimson has been ranked in the poll in 10 of the last 11 weeks, reaching as high as No. 22. Three of Harvard's 2012-13 opponents are currently featured in the rankings, including No. 15 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 11 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT) and No. 6 Princeton (L, 67-51).
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.
Harvard closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 9-5 record, making the program's third best non-conference record under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and the fifth best non-conference record all-time. Harvard has earned 11 out-of-league victories twice under Delaney-Smith, turning in an 11-3 record in 1997-98 and going 11-4 in 1985-86. The 1976-77 squad owns the program record for non-conference wins at 13-4 while the 1978-79 Crimson went 12-9 away from the Ivy League.
Harvard has now posted at least eight non-conference wins in five straight seasons.
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 14th in program history with 1,127 points.
Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in seventh place in program history with 1,371 points.
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.
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.
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" moved 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 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.