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Lippert, Rutzen To Continue Careers as Part of News Release Basketball's Summer Tours

Lippert and Rutzen will travel overseas with News Release Basketball this summer (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Recent Harvard women's basketball alumnae Victoria Lippert '13 and Miriam Rutzen '13 have been selected by News Release Basketball to join its summer tours, coming together with other college players and coaches in Croatia and Germany this July and August.

News Release Basketball is an athletic ministry founded in 1972 that uses the game of basketball to share the gospel and develop faith-centered relationships. This summer, News Release Basketball will sponsor two tours, the first being a Coaches Tour July 12-20 in Slovanski Brod, Croatia. This tour is aimed at mentoring young people in instructional camps while also participating in outreach to the local community. The Players' Tour will launch July 22-August 3 in Lorrach, Germany, pitting the team assembled by New Release Basketball against European club teams. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in service activities, youth camps and clinics.

Lippert will participate in the Players' Tour while Rutzen will join the group for portions of both. To learn more about News Release Basketball and its summer tours, click here.

The pair graduated in May after helping lead Harvard to three postseason appearances in four years. The Crimson advanced as far as the WNIT second round in 2012 and 2013, becoming the first team in Ivy League history to register a win in the tournament. They ended their careers with a record of 77-40, including a 42-14 mark in conference.

Lippert ranks as the sixth leading scorer in Harvard women's basketball history, having notched 1,520 points in her career. A four-time All-Ivy League honoree, Lippert also ranks second in career three-pointers (185), fourth in career field goals (568), and is the program's all-time leader in games played (117). Rutzen, meanwhile, sits in fifth place for career blocks (99), 10th place for both offensive (184) and defensive (359) rebounds, and is eighth on the games played list (107).