Women's Basketball Heads to TCU for Saturday Showdown

Victoria Lippert cuts through the opposing defense in the team's 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).
Victoria Lippert cuts through the opposing defense in the team's 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).

Lippert and the Crimson will take to the court at TCU in search of their second straight win (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
Coming off its 68-47 win at UMass, the Harvard women's basketball team is set to take on the Texas Christian Horned Frogs Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas. Saturday's matchup will be the second all-time meeting between Harvard and TCU, and will be the Crimson's final non-conference tune-up before Ivy League play begins.

Live video, audio and stats will be available on the Web through GoFrogs.com.

Last Time Out
Brogan Berry registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists to move into the Ivy League's all-time top 10 for career assists, as the Crimson cruised to a 68-47 victory over UMass Tuesday night in Amherst, Mass.

Berry's 10 helpers matched her career-high and give her 456 for her career, moving her from 11th to ninth in Ivy League history. The senior added 12 points to register the first double-double of her career, and now stands only nine points shy of moving into Harvard's all-time top 10 with 1,219 career points.

Christine Clark led the Crimson with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Emma Golen notched 10 points and six rebounds. Harvard made a season-high nine three-pointers and combined to shoot 47.4 percent from the field, while playing smothering defense that limited UMass  to 26.6 percent shooting.

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History in the Making
Brogan Berry currently ranks ninth in Ivy Leauge history and fourth in Harvard history with 456 career assists, and is 11th in school annals with 1,219 points. Berry needs just six helpers to jump into seventh place in the Ancient Eight record books, and is nine points shy of breaking into the school's all-time top 10 for scoring. The sneior is also on pace to 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.

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Career Scoring (Harvard)
1. Allison Feaster '98 2,312
10. Sarah Duncan '89 1,228
11. Brogan Berry '12 1,219

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02 558
3. Jessica Gelman '97 485
4. Brogan Berry '12 456

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard 558
7. Angie Soriaga '06, Dartmouth 462
8. Karen Force '04, Cornell 459
9. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 456

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth 89.9
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 82.2

The Crimson held UMass to just 47 points on 26.6 percent shooting, both season lows for a Harvard opponent. The last time the Crimson held an opponent to under 50 points was in a 56-48 win at Penn on Feb. 4, 2011. Harvard most recently limited an opponent to under 30.0 percent shooting in a 67-36 win at Cornell Jan. 29, 2011.

Lending a Helping Hand
Harvard recorded a season-high 22 assists on 27 field goals at UMass, marking the first time the Crimson has dished out at least 20 assists since Jan. 9, 2011 when the team notched 25 assists on 30 baskets against NJIT. Five different Crimson were credited with an assist against the Minutewomen, led by Brogan Berry's 10. Berry owns two career 10-assist performances, and is the only active Ivy League student-athlete to have multiple 10-plus assist games.

Harvard's nine three-pointers at UMass marked a season-high and were the most for the team since hitting 14 shots from beyond the arc against NJIT on Jan. 9, 2011. Six different Crimson made at least one three pointer against the Minutewomen, with Victoria Lippert's 3-of-5 performance leading the way. Harvard's three-point percentage of 45.0 (9-20) was also the team's best since shooting 46.7 percent (7-15) from deep against Princeton on Feb. 4, 2011.

Team Effort
10 different Crimson scored against UMass, marking the second time this season at least nine student-athletes have scored in the same game. Harvard had at least nine student-athletes score at least one point 12 times last year, including a 96-63 win over New Hampshire in which 13 Crimson put points on the board.

Doubling Up
Brogan Berry and Emma Golen have each recorded double-doubles this season, with Berry scoring 12 points and dishing out 10 assists at UMass and Golen notching 10 points and 10 rebounds against Boston University. Golen's double-double, the first of the year for the Crimson, was the team's first since Emma Markley's '11 22-point, 11-rebound effort against Brown on Feb. 12, 2011. Miriam Rutzen, meanwhile, matched Golen on the glass with 10 boards against BU, making the two the first pair of Crimson student-athletes to notch at least 10 rebounds in the same game since Jackie Alemany '11 (13 rbs.) and Victoria Lippert (10 rbs.) did so at Cornell on Feb. 19, 2010.

Rollin' Golen
Junior Emma Golen has been on a tear over the last six games, averaging 10.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 51.9 percent from three. Golen has scored in double-digits six times during this stretch, the only six double-digit performances of her career, and has helped her team to a 5-2 record in the process.

Join the Club
Junior Victoria Lippert has scored 894 career points and needs just 106 more to become the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club. Sophomore Christine Clark, meanwhile, is more than halfway there with 527 points in just 40 career games.

Brogan Berry and Emma Markley '11 both joined the club last year, becoming the second duo in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau in the same season after Erin Maher '93 and Deb Flandermeyer '93 did so during the 1992-93 campaign. Berry, meanwhile, became just the fifth student-athlete in program history to reach 1,000 points in her junior season.

Nationally Known
Harvard entered the week ranked fifth in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (80.2) and was 34th with a +7.5 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 10th in personal fouls (12.9) and 91st in field-goal percentage (41.0).

Individually, Brogan Berry owned the 38th best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) in the land while her 4.5 apg were good for 72nd.

They're on Fire
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 41.5 percent of its attempts from the floor and 80.3 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.

Individually, Brogan Berry and Victoria Lippert are tied for eighth place in the conference in shooting percentage (41.7). Berry, meanwhile, is also third in free-throw percentage (87.5) while Christine Clark ranks fifth (86.3).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen ranks second in the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (41.5) while Victoria Lippert ranks fourth (37.1). Lippert's 1.9 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, are good for second in the conference with Golen's 1.4 makes per game ranking her 10th. The two have combined to shoot 45.9 percent from three over the team's last seven games, with Golen hitting on 14-of-27 attempts and Lippert nailing 14-of-34.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrounded its opponents in 11 of 12 games this season, including each of the last nine. Harvard had not outrebounded opponents in nine straight games since the 2006-07 season, when it went 15 straight games with a rebounding advantage. Harvard's 40.2 rpg  rank second in the Ivy League while its +7.4 rebounding margin and 32.8 rebounds allowed are good for first.

Individually, Miriam Rutzen ranks  sixth in the conference with 6.3 rpg.

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 15.8 ppg, which is good for third in the conference, while Berry ranks eighth with 12.3 ppg and Lippert ninth with 11.3 ppg.

Lavietes Love
The Crimson has enjoyed a distinct home-court advantage since the 2008-09 season, posting a 33-7 record at Lavietes Pavilion in that time including three-straight wins in home openers. Harvard is 3-1 at Lavietes this season and is averaging 65.5 ppg.

You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has scored in double-digits each game this season and in 15 straight dating back to last year. In 40 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 33 times and has been limited to under five points only once.

In the Clutch
Harvard has played several games this season which have been decided down the stretch, and two of the team's leading scorers have stood up to the challenge. Christine Clark is shooting 57.1 percent (4-7) with less than two minutes to play while going 17-of-20 from the line for a total of 25 points. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, has totaled 18 points on 62.5 percent shooting (5-8) while going a perfect 8-of-8 at the charity stripe.

A Tale of Two Halves
Harvard has thrived in the first half of games, averaging 33.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting while allowing 30.0 points on 41.9 percent shooting. In the second half, however, the Crimson is scoring 32.9 points on 40.2 percent shooting while allowing 35.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Additionally, Harvard has made 48-of-128 attempts from three before the break but just 21-of-108 after.

BIG Time Win
Harvard's 63-56 win over St. John's on Dec. 22 was the team's first over a BIG EAST opponent in exactly eight years, following a 73-59 win at Providence on Dec. 22, 2003. It was also Harvard's first win over a BIG EAST opponent at Lavietes Pavilion since a 79-76 triumph against Syracuse on Nov. 22, 2002, and its first over a BCS conference school since an 82-81 win over Boston College on Nov. 14, 2009.

Players of the Week
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Dec. 12 after averaging 15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 5.3 apg over three games for the Crimson. Berry shot 42.5 percent from the floor for the week and an impressive 87.0 percent at the line. This was the 10th Ivy League weekly award of Berry's career.

Sophomore Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week Nov. 28 after averaging 17.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg in a 1-1 campaign. This was the first player of the week award for Clark after having been named rookie of the week three times in 2010-11.

Christine Clark made 29 conseuctive free throws between Nov. 22 and Dec. 10. Clark's streak included a perfect 11-of-11 performance at the line at New Hampshire, making her the first Crimson student-athlete to finish a game with more than 10 attempts and zero misses since Reka Cserny '05 went 12-of-12 vs. Columbia on March 1, 2003. She is shooting 86.3 percent (63-73) at the line this season, good for fifth in the Ivy League, and has made at least seven free throws seven times.

And the Award Goes To...
Emma Golen was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com Ivy League Player of the Week Dec. 5 after posting her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Boston University. Harvard has been recognized twice this season by the Website, as Christine Clark was named player of the week following the Crimson's appearance in the Hawkeye Challenge to open the year.

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.

"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."

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.

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.