Women's Basketball Returns Home to Host North Dakota Tuesday

The team celebrates following its 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).
The team celebrates following its 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).

The Crimson will go for its fourth win in a row when it returns to Lavietes Pavilion Tuesday (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team returns home to Lavietes Pavilion after spending the last month on the road to face North Dakota Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Harvard has won three straight to improve to 8-6 on the year, including a 71-63 win at Dartmouth on Saturday to open Ivy League play.

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

Last Time Out
Christine Clark's 17-point, 10-rebound effort helped lift the Crimson to a 71-63 win at Dartmouth Saturday as the team opened its 38th season of Ivy League play.

Clark's double-double was her first of the season and second of her career. The sophomore converted 4-of-8 attempts from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three, and was a perfect 7-of-7 at the line. Brogan Berry also notched 17 points and was 8-of-8 on freebies, and dished out eight assists to jump into seventh place in Ancient Eight history with 465 career helpers.

Four Crimson reached double-digits with Victoria Lippert and Emma Golen adding 12 points and 10 points, respectively. Harvard matched its season-high with nine three-pointers, and combined to shoot 46.0 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from three, and was 16-of-20 at the line.

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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 seventh in conference history and fourth in school annals with 465 career assists, and is the 10th all-time leading scorer for the Crimson with 1,253 career points. She needs just 127 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 1,253

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02 558
3. Jessica Gelman '97 485
4. Brogan Berry '12 465

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard 558
6. Jessica Gelman '97 485
7. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 465

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth 89.9
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 82.1

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.

Just Like Home
Harvard has won three straight games, all on the road, matching the team's longest winning streak of the year and the team's longest road winning streak since January of 2011. The Crimson is 4-4 on the road this season and is looking for its first winning record on the road since going 10-5 in 2008-09.

Haven't We Seen You Before?
Senior Brogan Berry made her 100th career appearance at Dartmouth and is expected to make her 100th career start on Tuesday against North Dakota. Should she appear in each of the Crimson's final 14 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 opened its 38th season of Ivy League play with a 71-63 win at Dartmouth. The Crimson is 21-17 all-time in Ivy openers and 18-12 under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.

Media Savy
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith participated in the Ivy League's annual media teleconference on Jan. 12 to discuss her team's play heading into the conference slate. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, appeared on the fourth episode of Inside Ivy League Basketball on Jan. 11 to talk about the milestones she had recently reached.

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

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.

Doubling Up
Brogan Berry, Christine Clark and Emma Golen have each recorded a double-double this season, with Clark's 17-point, 10-rebound performance at Dartmouth being the most recent. Berry notched 12 points and 10 assists at UMass for her double-double while Golen recorded hers against Boston University with 10 points and 10 boards. Golen's double-double 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 eight games, averaging 10.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and 53.3 percent from three. Golen has scored in double-digits seven times during this stretch, the only seven double-digit performances of her career, while helping her team to a 6-2 record in the process.

Join the Club
Junior Victoria Lippert has scored 919 career points and needs just 81 more to become the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club. Sophomore Christine Clark, meanwhile, is more than halfway there with 557 points in just 42 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 (79.6) and was 44th with a +5.9 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 11th in personal fouls (13.1) and 67th in field-goal percentage (41.7).

Individually, Brogan Berry owned the 20th best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) in the land while her 4.9 apg were good for 47th. Christine Clark ranked 36th in free-throw percentage (85.9) with Berry coming in at 37th (85.7)

They're on Fire
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 41.7 percent of its attempts from the floor and 79.6 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, Emma Golen and Victoria Lippert rank sixth in the conference in shooting percentage (42.7) while Brogan Berry is eighth (42.5). Christine Clark has the third-best percentage at the line (85.9) with Berry coming in just behind her at fourth (85.7).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen leads the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (43.2) while Brogan Berry ranks third (38.9) and Victoria Lippert sixth (35.6). Lippert's 1.9 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, are good for third in the conference with Golen's 1.5 makes per game ranking her eighth. The two have combined to shoot 44.0 percent from three over the team's last nine games, with Golen hitting on 16-of-30 attempts and Lippert nailing 17-of-45.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrounded its opponents in 12 of 14 games this season, including 10 straight from Nov. 22 to Jan. 7. 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 39.4 rpg  rank second in the Ivy League while its 33.5 rebounds allowed are first. The Crimson also rank second with a +5.9 rebounding margin.

Individually, Miriam Rutzen ranks  eighth in the conference with 6.1 rpg while Christine Clark is ninth with 6.0 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 15.6 ppg, which is good for third in the conference, while Berry ranks eighth with 13.0 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 16 straight dating back to last year. In 42 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 35 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 62.5 percent (5-8) with less than two minutes to play while going 20-of-23 from the line for a total of 30 points. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, has totaled 25 points on 55.6 percent shooting (5-9) while going 15-of-17 at the charity stripe.

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. Golen pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds against the Horned Frogs while adding four points and one assist in a career-best 24 minutes.

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 7-6 record this season using the starting lineup of Brogan Berry (99 career starts), Christine Clark (42), Victoria Lippert (60), Emma Golen (13) and Miriam Rutzen (26), 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.