Women's Basketball Goes for Second Straight Win Sunday Versus Holy Cross

Women's Basketball Goes for Second Straight Win Sunday Versus Holy Cross

The Crimson won its third straight home opener and improved to 31-6 at Lavietes Pavilion since 2008-09 with its win over Rhode Island on Tuesday (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday over Rhode Island, 69-57, and will look to make it two in a row when it hosts Holy Cross Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. Holy Cross holds a 5-6 advantage in the all-time series with Harvard, including a 72-53 triumph last season in Worcester, Mass. which snapped a three-game winning streak for the Crimson over the Crusaders. Sunday's game will mark the sixth straight year the regional rivals have met.

Fans can watch a live video stream of Sunday's game on GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call by clicking here.

Last Time Out
Christine Clark led a trio of double-digit scorers as the Crimson picked up its first win of the year against Rhode Island, 69-57, Tuesday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Clark scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, falling one board short of recording her second career double-double. Elle Hagedorn and Elise Gordon each notched a new career high, with Hagedorn netting 14 points and Gordon 10. All nine Crimson (1-3) players who saw action on Tuesday scored at least one point.

Click here to watch highlights from Tuesday's game.

Shoot for the Cure
The Crimson will be participating in a nationwide fundraiser from the National Foundation for Cancer Research entitled "Shoot for the Cure" on Sunday.

To raise funds, the team will be collecting donations for NFCR at Sunday's game as well as online. All proceeds from the "Bounce for Bucks" halftime promotion will also be donated to NFCR. Participants can enter by purchasing mini basketballs for $1 each, and winners will receive a prize courtesy of Harvard Athletics. Cancer survivors will also be recognized during the game in support of the cause.

For more information, click here.

Lavietes Love
Harvard has enjoyed a distinct home-court advantage since the 2008-09 season, posting a 31-6 record in that time including three-straight wins in home openers. Harvard was 10-2 at Lavietes last season and averaged 77.4 ppg.

They're on Fire
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 42.1 percent of its attempts from the floor and 77.8 percent at the line. The Crimson has led the league in free-throw percentage each of the last two seasons while finishing second in field-goal percentage over that same span.

Triple Threat
Returning All-Ivy selections Christine Clark, Brogan Berry and Victoria Lippert are each averaging over 10 ppg and are among the Ivy League's leading scorers. Clark has netted 18.3 ppg, which is good for third in the conference, while Berry ranks ninth with 13.0 ppg and Lippert 10th with 11.0 ppg.

You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has scored in double-digits each game this season and in six straight dating back to last year. In 32 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 25 times and has been limited to under five points only once.

Career Day
Both Elle Hagedorn and Elise Gordon recorded a career high in points in Harvard's win over Rhode Island, with Hagedorn notching 14 points and Gordon 10. Missy Mullins pulled down a career-best five rebounds against the Rams and Emma Golen notched a career-high two steals.

Sharing the Wealth
All nine Crimson who saw action against Rhode Island scored at least one point. Harvard had at least nine student-athletes score at least one point 12 times last year, including a 96-63 win over New Hampshire when 13 Crimson put points on the board.

Player to Watch
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry, who has posted 15.0 ppg and 4.7 apg season, was featured on Graham Hays' list of mid-major players to watch on ESPN.com.

Now Starting for Harvard...
Junior Emma Golen made her first career start at Iowa while senior Brogan Berry made her 87th. Harvard has used the same starting lineup for each game this season, which includes Berry (90 career starts), Christine Clark (32), Victoria Lippert (50), Golen (4) and Miriam Rutzen (16).

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 12th in program history with 1,123 points, needing 105 points to break into the school's top 10 and 257 points to enter the Ivy League's top 30.  

Berry also ranks fifth at Harvard with 416 career assists and is 19th 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 81.5 is good for ninth in the Ivy League record book.

Click here to visit the Media Center on GoCrimson.com to access Harvard's  most up-to-date career records.

Career Scoring (Harvard)
1. Allison Feaster '98    2,312
13. Brogan Berry '12    1,123

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
5. Brogan Berry '12    416

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
19. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    416

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth    89.9
9. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    81.5

Mid-Major Top 25
Harvard was listed as receiving votes in the CollegeInsider.com Preseason Mid-Major Top 25, but has since dropped out of the poll. Two of the Crimson's opponents in 2011-12 are currently in the rankings, including Princeton (3) and Hartford (RV).

CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25
Preseason    RV
Nov. 15    --
Nov. 22    --

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.

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 returned 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 GoCrimson.com. 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 BlogTalkRadio.com. "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.