Women's Basketball Opens Ivy Play at Dartmouth on Saturday

Women's Basketball Opens Ivy Play at Dartmouth on Saturday

The Crimson will open its 38th season of Ivy League play Saturday at Dartmouth (John Posey).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will open its 38th season of Ivy League play when it takes to the court against Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in Hanover, N.H. The Crimson are 20-17 all-time in Ivy League openers, including a 17-12 mark under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.

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

Last Time Out
Brogan Berry scored a game-high 17 points to become the 10th leading scorer in school history, and led the Crimson to a 56-44 victory at TCU Saturday night.

Berry entered the game needing just nine points to move into the top 10, and surpassed Sarah Duncan's '89 career total of 1,228 points midway through the first half. The senior finished her night with 17 points to move her career total to 1,236, shooting 5-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three.

Missy Mullins corralled a career-high 10 rebounds in her first career start, helping the Crimson to a 41-40 edge on the glass. Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert each added 13 points, and combined for 18 points in the second half.

Click here to watch highlights from the game.

History in the Making
Brogan Berry has been an impact player over the last four years for the Crimsson and has etched her name into both the Ivy League and Harvard record books. Berry currently ranks ninth in conference history and fourth in school annals with 457 career assists, and is the 10th all-time leading scorer for the Crimson with 1,236 career points. She needs just 144 more points to break into the Ivy League all-time top 30, and is 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
9. Emily Tay '09    1,263
10. Brogan Berry '12    1,236

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
3. Jessica Gelman '97    485
4. Brogan Berry '12    457

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    457

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth    89.9
8. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    81.8

Players of the Week
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry has earned two Ivy League Player of the Week awards this season, giving her five for her career and putting her one shy of entering the Ancient Eight's all-time top 10 for player of the week honors. She most recently earned the honor on Jan. 9 after averaging 14.5 ppg and 5.5 apg in wins at UMass and TCU.

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.

The Crimson held both UMass (47) and TCU (44) to under 50 points, marking the first time Harvard has done so in back-to-back games since March of 2008. Both the Minutewomen (26.6) and Horned Frogs (23.7) also shot below 30 percent, a feat which Harvard has not accomplished since at least the 2001-02 season, the last season for which complete game-by-game records are available.

What a Start
Sophomore Missy Mullins made her first career start at TCU in place of an injured Emma Golen, and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds while adding four points and one assist in a career-best 24 minutes.

Just Like Home
Harvard has won two straight games on the road and with a win Saturday will have earned its first three-game road winning streak since January of 2011. A victory at Dartmouth would also improve Harvard to 4-4 on the road this season and would go a long way toward helping the team to its first winning road record since going 10-5 in 2008-09.

Haven't We Seen You Before?
Senior Brogan Berry will be making her 100th career appearance and 99th career start on Saturday. Should she appear in each of the Crimson's final 15 regular season games, she will finish with 114 career appearances, second only to Christine Matera's '11 115. If Berry starts each of Harvard's remaining regular season games, she will set the new program record for career starts at 114.

A New Season
Harvard will be opening its 38th season of Ivy League play on Saturday at Dartmouth and is 20-17 all-time in conference openers. The Crimson is 17-12 under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith in Ancient Eight openers but just 1-3 over the last four years.

Media Savy
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith participated in the Ivy League's annual media teleconference on Thursday to discuss her team's play heading into the conference slate. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, appeared on this week's episode of Inside Ivy League Basketball to talk about her recent personal milestones.

Click here to listen to Delaney-Smith's interview. Click here to listen to Berry's interview.

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 her last seven 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, while helping her team to a 5-2 record in the process.

Join the Club
Junior Victoria Lippert has scored 907 career points and needs just 93 more to become the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club. Sophomore Christine Clark, meanwhile, is more than halfway there with 540 points in just 41 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 weekend ranked fifth in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (79.5) and was 36th with a +6.9 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked ninth in personal fouls (13.0) and 75th in field-goal percentage (41.4).

Individually, Brogan Berry owned the 36th best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9) in the land while her 4.6 apg were good for 59th. Christine Clark ranked 49th in free-throw percentage (84.6) with Berry coming in at 64th (83.6)

They're on Fire
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 41.4 percent of its attempts from the floor and 79.5 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, Victoria Lippert ranks eight in the conference in shooting percentage (42.8) while Brogan Berry is 10th (42.4). Christine Clark has the fifth-best percentage at the line (84.6) with Berry coming in just behind her at sixth (83.6).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen ranks second in the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (41.5) while Brogan Berry ranks third (39.4) and Victoria Lippert sixth (35.8). Victoria Lippert ranks fourth (37.1). Lippert's 1.8 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, are good for third in the conference with Golen's 1.4 makes per game ranking her ninth. The two have combined to shoot 43.9 percent from three over the team's last eight games, with Golen hitting on 14-of-27 attempts and Lippert nailing 15-of-39.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrounded its opponents in 12 of 13 games this season, including each of the last 10. Harvard had not outrebounded opponents in 10 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 33.3 rebounds allowed are first. The Crimson also rank second with a +6.9 rebounding margin.

Individually, Miriam Rutzen ranks  sixth in the conference with 6.2 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 15.5 ppg, which is good for third in the conference, while Berry ranks eighth with 12.7 ppg and Lippert ninth with 11.5 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 41 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 34 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 19-of-22 from the line for a total of 27 points. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, has totaled 21 points on 55.6 percent shooting (5-9) while going 11-of-13 at the charity stripe.

A Tale of Two Halves
Harvard has thrived in the first half of games, averaging 33.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting while allowing 29.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. In the second half, however, the Crimson is scoring 32.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting while allowing 34.9 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Additionally, Harvard has made 52-of-139 attempts from three before the break but just 21-of-113 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.

And the Award Goes To...
Brogan Berry was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 9 after averaging 14.5 ppg and 5.5 apg in wins at UMass and TCU, marking the third time this season the award has gone to a Crimson student-athlete. Emma Golen earned the honor  on Dec. 4 after posting her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Boston University, and Christine Clark was named player of the week Nov. 13  following the Crimson's appearance in the Hawkeye Challenge to open the year.

Now Starting for Harvard...
Harvard has posted a 6-6 record this season using the starting lineup of Brogan Berry (98 career starts), Christine Clark (41), Victoria Lippert (59), Emma Golen (12) and Miriam Rutzen (25), and is 1-0 with the starting five of Berry, Clark, Lippert, Missy Mullins (1) and Rutzen. Golen had started each of the first 12 games this year but was forced out of the lineup at TCU after suffering a concussion.

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.