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Women's Basketball Faces Final Ivy League Road Test at Columbia, Cornell

The Crimson is in control of its own destiny for a second straight WNIT berth and the program's fourth in five years (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will head out on its final Ivy League road trip of the season this weekend to face Columbia Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. and Cornell Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

A live video stream and live stats will be available for Friday's game through GoColumbiaLions.com. Cornell will also provide a live video stream and live stats on Saturday through CornellBigRed.com.

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Last Time Out
Harvard preserved its unbeaten streak at home and moved into a tie with Penn for second place in the Ivy League standings with a 67-54 victory Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Christine Clark scored a game-high 18 points with seven rebounds while shooting 7-of-10 from the field. Temi Fagbenle added 14 points and seven boards on 6-of-8 shooting, while Miriam Rutzen chipped in 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Keiera Ray scored 14 points to pace Penn while Alyssa Baron and Brianna Bradford chipped in 13 points and 11 points, respectively. Harvard shot 45.3 percent (24-53) and was 14-of-16 at the free throw line while limiting Penn to just 30.0 percent (18-60) shooting and holding a 40-34 advantage on the glass.

Where We Stand
The Crimson enters play this weekend tied with Penn for second place in the Ivy League standings with just three games remaining. The Crimson and Quakers are both 8-3 in the conference and trail Princeton, which is 10-1, by two games.

Harvard owns the second-place tiebreaker with Penn and controls its own destiny for the league's WNIT berth.

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has earned 17 weekly awards from the Ivy League this season, setting a new record for most awards won in a single season. The previous mark of 15 had been set by the 2009-10 Princeton Tigers, edging out Harvard's previous best of 14 set in both 1994-95 and 2008-09.

Sophomore Temi Fagbenle has taken home a total of 11 Ivy League honors this season, including two player of the week nods and nine rookie of the week accolades. Fagbenle has matched former Crimson great Allison Feaster '98 for the second highest total in conference history and trails only Penn's Diana Carmanico '01 for the most rookie of the week awards won in a season (10).

Junior Christine Clark has been named the conference's player of the week four times in 2012-13, the ninth-best total in Ancient Eight annals. Clark now boasts seven career player of the week awards, ranking her seventh all-time.

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
Feb. 25 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
March 4 - Christine Clark, POW & Temi Fagbenle, ROW

Trending

  • Harvard is a perfect 10-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season and has won 13 consecutive games at home dating back to last year.
  • The Crimson enters the weekend having won four straight games, matching its longest win streak of the season. Harvard last won five straight between Feb. 25 and March 15 of last season, and last earned six straight wins in 2010-11 during a seven-game streak.
  • Harvard carries a seven-game win streak into the weekend against Columbia and has won 10 in a row against Cornell.
  • The Crimson is 27-0 all-time against Columbia on the road and owns a 52-2 record against the Lions.
  • Harvard is 57-11 in its series with Cornell with all 11 loses coming in Ithaca, N.Y.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is a perfect 10-0 at home in 2012-13 and has won 13 straight at Lavietes Pavilion dating back to last year, the seventh longest streak in the NCAA. The last time Harvard went unbeaten at home was in 1997-98 when the team posted an 11-0 record at Lavietes en route to a 23-5 overall mark.

Hitting the Century Mark
Senior Victoria Lippert made her 100th career start against Penn on Senior Night, becoming only the second Crimson student-athlete to reach the century mark. Lippert currently ranks fourth in program history with 112 career appearances, while classmates Elle Hagedorn (103) and Miriam Rutzen (102) rank seventh and ninth, respectively.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard entered the weekend ranked first in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage (44.1) and three-point percentage (35.5), and ranks 20th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and 23rd 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 59-of-65 at the line this season and has made 75 or her last 81 attempts dating back to last year.
Harvard ranks first in the Ivy League at 74.8 percent at the line and entered the weekend ranked 35th in the NCAA.

Pollsters
Harvard remains out of the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 after spending 10 of the last 13 weeks in the rankings, reaching as high as No. 22. Three of Harvard's 2012-13 opponents are currently featured in the poll, including No. 14 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 12 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT) and No. 5 Princeton (L, 67-51, W, 58-55).

Road Tripping
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.

D-Fence
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 22-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 33-8 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Comeback Kids
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.

Overtime
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.

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle has posted five 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 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.

Harvard has posted a total of seven double-doubles with Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert each boasting one.

Owning the Boards
Temi Fagbenle has led the Crimson in rebounding in 12 of the team's last 16 games and 15 times overall. Fagbenle has averaged 8.7 rpg during this stretch and has posted double-digit rebounding totals six times.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson outrebounded Yale 45-27 on Feb. 23, marking the team's largest rebounding margin (+18) since March 2, 2012 when it owned a 55-32 advantage on the glass in an 88-64 win over Columbia.

As a team, the Crimson has outrebounded its opponent in 19 of 25 games this season, including 11 straight, and owns a 15-4 record when doing so.

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.

Impacting the Game
The Crimson boasts two 1,000-point scorers in its lineup whose play directly affects the outcome of games. Harvard is 13-4 this season when Christine Clark scores at least 15 points and is 10-1 when Victoria Lippert reaches the same benchmark. By comparison, Harvard is 4-4 when Clark does not score 15 points and is 7-7 in games Lippert does not score 15.

Scoring in Bunches
Christine Clark has a penchant for quick scoring outbursts and boasts 13 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 all but one have all come in games when Clark has scored at least 15 points.

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.

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.

Block Party
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 94 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in 17 of the 23 games she has played and has registered multiple blocks nine times. For her career, Rutzen has 22 multi-block performances.

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 13th in program history with 1,195 points.

Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in seventh place in program history with 1,444 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.

Non-Conference Nonsense
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.

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.

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 83 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 69 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and 12 games in which she has scored at least 20.

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.