Women's Basketball Sets Sights on Providence

Women's Basketball Sets Sights on Providence

Golen recorded career-highs in points (7), rebounds (8), assists (1) and blocks (1) vs. Butler (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team is set to visit Providence on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., in search of its first win of the season. The Crimson is 2-9 all-time against the Friars and has lost each of the last four meetings between the teams. Harvard's last victory in the series came on Dec. 22, 2003, a 73-59 win in Providence.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson opened the year 0-2 at the KCRG-TV 9 Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa, where it fell to Iowa, 90-81, and Butler, 69-68. All-tournament selection Christine Clark matched her career-high with 28 points against the Hawkeyes on Saturday, and returned to the court to score 17 against the Bulldogs on Sunday. Brogan Berry led Harvard with 18 points against Butler.

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You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark matched her career-high of 28 points in Harvard's season opener at Iowa, hitting 10-of-20 shots from the floor and going 7-of-11 at the line. She scored 17 the following day against Butler, including 15 in the second half, shooting an economical 5-of-7 from the floor and 7-of-8 at the line. Trailing by nine against the Bulldogs with 1:38 seconds remaining, Clark scored five straight points to spark Harvard's comeback as the Crimson pulled to within one.

Clark was named to the Hawkeye Classic All-Tournament Team and the Ivy League Player of the Week for her efforts.

Player to Watch
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry, who led the Crimson with 13.6 ppg and 4.6 apg last season, was featured on Graham Hays' list of mid-major players to watch on

"The 5-8 Ohio native averaged 4.6 assists per game as a junior and ranked ninth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. She's not all pass, holding onto the ball often enough to lead the Crimson by averaging 13.6 points per game and shoot 39 percent from the 3-point line."

Now Starting for Harvard...
Junior Emma Golen made her first career start at Iowa while senior Brogan Berry made her 87th. Harvard used the same starting lineup for both games at the Hawkeye Challenge, which included Berry (88 career starts), Christine Clark (30), Victoria Lippert (48), Golen (2) and Miriam Rutzen (14).

At the Line
Harvard shot 90.5 percent at the line against Butler, connecting on 19-of-21 attempts. The Crimson ranked 16th in the NCAA last season in free-throw percentage (75.9), and have led the Ivy League each of the past two seasons.

Milestone Moments
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry became the 15th member of Harvard women's basketball's 1,000 point club last season. Berry is currently ranked 13th in program history with 1,097 points, needing 131 points to break into the school's top 10 and 283 points to enter the Ivy League's top 30.  

Berry also ranks fifth at Harvard with 406 career assists and is 20th in Ancient Eight history. This season she could join Emily Tay '09 (1,263 pts., 514 ast.) as one of only two student-athletes in program history to score 1,200 points and dish out 500 assists.

Her career free-throw percentage of 81.7 is good for ninth in the Ivy League record book.

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Career Scoring (Harvard)
1.    Allison Feaster '98    2,312
13.    Brogan Berry '12    1,097

Career Assists (Harvard)
1.    Jennifer Monti '02    558
5.    Brogan Berry '12    406

Career Assists (Ivy)
1.    Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
20.    Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    406

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1.    Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth    89.9
9.    Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    81.7

Mid-Major Top 25
Harvard was listed as receiving votes in the Preseason Mid-Major Top 25, but dropped out of the most recent poll released Nov. 15. Four of the Crimson's opponents in 2011-12 are currently in the rankings, including Princeton (3), Butler (RV), Boston University (RV) and Hartford (RV). Mid-Major Top 25
Preseason    RV
Nov. 15    --

Senior co-captain Brogan Berry has been selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Berry, a three-time All-Ivy honoree and 1,000 point scorer, is a psychology concentrator at Harvard and has been a member of the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years. During the 2009-10 academic year she served as the committee's community service co-chair and was responsible for raising more than $1,700 towards breast cancer research with the event Bench Press for Breast Cancer. Berry is also actively involved with the organization Athletes in Action, is a member of Harvard's Isis Club, and has led her teammates in several community service initiatives in the Cambridge community.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Berry is one of 30 women's basketball student-athletes up for the award, and from the list of 30 candidates a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in late January. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

Welcome Back
The Crimson return three All-Ivy selections and a total of 10 student-athletes from last year's team which went 18-10 overall and finished second in the Ivy League with a 10-4 conference mark. Headlining that group is senior co-captain Brogan Berry, a three-time All-Ivy honoree and first team pick in 2011. Victoria Lippert has been named to the second team in each of the past two seasons and Christine Clark was an Ivy League All-Rookie pick a year ago. Each of the three finished among the top 10 in scoring in the conference in 2010-11.

Starting Fresh
Harvard has welcomed five new faces to the team for 2011-12, a recruiting class which was ranked 31st in the nation by ESPN. This group includes guards Ali Curtis and Kaitlyn Dinkins, and forwards Temi Fagbenle, Christine Mansour and Erin McDonnell.

"In my 30 years in the league I have had and seen some extraordinary classes, and this one shoots to the top of the list, " said Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. "With the addition of the Class of 2015, we are extremely excited to continue striving for higher levels of success while building on the championship tradition we have established here at Harvard."

On the Bench
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 30th season as the head coach of the Harvard women's basketball program. Delaney-Smith's 456 career victories make her the winningest women's basketball coach in Ivy League history and she ranks second only to Princeton's legendary coach Pete Carril (514) for wins by an Ancient Eight coach. Under her guidance the Crimson has won 11 Ivy League titles, has made six trips to the NCAA Tournament and has twice appeared in the WNIT.

Kelly Finley is in her fourth season as an assistant coach under Delaney-Smith and will be joined on sidelines by first year assistants Lindsay Hallion '08 and Juanise Cornell. Kristan Strout returns for a fifth season as the program's director of basketball operations.

Preseason Poll
With three returning All-Ivy selections and coming off an 18-10 season, the Harvard women's basketball team was picked second in the 2011-12 Ivy League Preseason Poll. The Crimson, which has finished second in the conference in each of the past three seasons, received 117 points and garnered three of the poll's first-place votes. Two-time defending Ivy League Champion Princeton was tabbed first, receiving 133 points and 14 first-place votes, while Yale (103) and Penn (68) rounded out the top four. Brown (66), Columbia (52), Dartmouth (52) and Cornell (21) ranked fifth through eighth, respectively.

2011-12 Ivy League Preseason Poll
1.    Princeton (14) 133
2.    Harvard (3) 117
3.    Yale 103
4.    Penn 68
5.    Brown 66
6.    Columbia 52
       Dartmouth 52
8.    Cornell 21

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Brogan Berry and Lindsay Louie were chosen by their teammates as captains for the 2011-12 season. Berry is a three-year starter and two-time team MVP, while Louie earned the Harvard Pride Award following the 2009-10 season.

Opening Act
Harvard is 19-19 all-time in season openers and 17-15 under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson fell to Iowa, 90-81, in it's 2011-12 opener to snap a two-game winning streak in season opening contests.

A League of Their Own
Four Crimson were named to the All-Ivy teams in 2010-11, the most of any school in the conference. Brogan Berry was a unanimous first team selection while Victoria Lippert and Emma Markley '11 were named to the second team. Christine Clark was unanimously voted to the All-Rookie squad.

Light Up the Scoreboard
Harvard's 71.4 ppg led the Ivy League in 2010-11 and ranked 39th in the NCAA. The Crimson return 64 percent of its scoring from a year ago, including three of the conference's top 10 scorers. Brogran Berry ranked second in the league with 13.9 ppg while Victoria Lippert was fourth with 13.5 ppg. Christine Clark was the eighth leading scorer in the Ivy League at 12.1 ppg.

Catch the Crimson in 2011-12
Harvard fans can watch each of the team's 12 home games in 2011-12 live online through A women's basketball pass costs just $59.95 and this year also includes audio broadcasts for the team's games at Providence, New Hampshire and Brown. Click here to sign up today.

Inside Ivy League Basketball
"Inside Ivy League Basketball," an online radio show dedicated to talking basketball in the Ancient Eight, launched Thursday, Nov. 10 on "Inside Ivy League Basketball" takes an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy men's and women's basketball on and off the courts. Click here to listen now.