Women's Basketball Welcomes Yale and Brown to Lavietes Pavilion

The bench cheers after a basket in the team's 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).
The bench cheers after a basket in the team's 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).

The Crimson will look to remain unbeaten in Ivy League play when it hosts both Yale and Brown at Lavietes Pavilion (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will host Yale and Brown at Lavietes Pavilion this weekend as it returns to Ivy League Play. The Crimson will first face the Bulldogs Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. before welcoming the Bears to Cambridge Sunday, Jan. 29. Harvard has won seven of its last eight Ancient Eight contests in Lavietes Pavilion and is 33-8 at home since 2008-09.

Live video streams and live stats will be available for both games online at GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call by clicking here.

Harvard Graduate Student Night
All Harvard graduate students with a valid H.U.I.D. will receive free admission to Lavietes Pavilion when the Crimson host Yale on Friday. Contact the Athletics Ticket Office at (617) 495-2211 to secure your tickets or show your I.D. at the door.

Non-Profit Organization Night
Local non-profit organizations can receive free admission to Sunday's game against Brown. Please e-mail dharsvp@fas.harvard.edu to reserve your tickets today!

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's basketball team trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half but had a chance at a game-tying buzzer beater, only to come up on the wrong end of a 60-57 score last Tuesday against North Dakota in Lavietes Pavilion.

Victoria Lippert scored a team-high 15 points for the Crimson, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-4 from three. Christine Clark added 10 points and seven rebounds while Brogan Berry notched nine points and six assists.

The Crimson shot 40.0 percent for the game but allowed North Dakota to hit on 50.0 percent of its attempts. UND was led by Nicole Smart's 12 points as the team owned a 24-16 advantage in points in the paint.

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. Entering the weekend, Berry ranked seventh in conference history and fourth in school annals with 471 career assists, and was the 10th all-time leading scorer for the Crimson with 1,262 career points. She needed just 118 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.

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
8. Emma Markley '11 1,285
9. Emily Tay '09 1,263
10. Brogan Berry '12 1,262

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02 558
3. Jessica Gelman '97 485
4. Brogan Berry '12 471

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard 558
6. Jessica Gelman '97 485
7. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 471

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth 89.9
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 82.3

Lavietes Love
The Crimson has enjoyed a distinct home-court advantage since the 2008-09 season, and entered the weekend with a 33-8 record at Lavietes Pavilion in that time including a 17-4 mark in Ivy League play. Harvard had also won seven of its last eight Ancient Eight contests at home, and was 3-2 in Lavietes this season.

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

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.

Haven't We Seen You Before?
Senior Brogan Berry entered the weekend having made 101 career appearances in a Crimson uniform, including 100 career starts. Should she appear in each of the Crimson's final 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.

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 each entered the weekend having 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 entered the weekend having averaged 10.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg over her last nine games while shooting 53.0 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from three. Golen had scored in double-digits seven times during this stretch, the only seven double-digit performances of her career, while helping her team to a 6-3 record in the process.

Join the Club
Junior Victoria Lippert had scored 934 career points entering the weekend and needed just 66 more to become the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club. Sophomore Christine Clark, meanwhile, is more than halfway there with 567 points in just 43 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 sixth in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (78.7) and was 42nd with a +5.6 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 14th in personal fouls (13.3) and 73rd in field-goal percentage (41.6).

Individually, Brogan Berry owned the 25th best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) in the land while her 4.9 apg were good for 43rd. Berry also ranked 29th in free-throw percentage (86.6) while Christine Clark came in at 68th (82.8).

They're on Fire
Harvard entered the weekend leading the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 41.6 percent of its attempts from the floor and 78.7 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 ranked fifth in the conference in shooting percentage (44.3) while Emma Golen was seventh (43.4). Brogan Berry had the third-best percentage at the line (86.6) with Christine Clark coming in just behind her at sixth (82.8).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen entered play this weekend as the Ancient Eight's leader in three-point percentage (45.7) while Victoria Lippert ranked third (37.7) and Brogan Berry fifth (36.6). Lippert's 1.9 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, were good for second in the conference with Golen's 1.5 makes per game ranking her eighth. The two had combined to shoot 46.9 percent from three over the team's last 10 games, with Golen hitting on 18-of-32 attempts and Lippert nailing 20-of-49.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson outrebounded its opponents in 13 of its first 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 38.9 rpg  ranked second in the Ivy League entering the weekend, while its 33.3 rebounds allowed were first. The Crimson also ranked second with a +5.6 rebounding margin.

Individually, Christine Clark ranked seventh in the Ancient Eight with 6.1 rpg and Miriam Rutzen was 10th with 5.9 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. Entering the weekend Clark had netted 15.3 ppg, which was good for fourth in the conference, while Berry ranked seventh with 12.7 ppg and Lippert ninth with 11.7 ppg.

You Can Count on Clark
Entering the weekend Christine Clark had scored in double-digits each game this season and in 17 straight dating back to last year. In 43 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 36 times and has been limited to under five points only once.

The Crimson held both UMass (47) and TCU (44) to under 50 points, marking the first time Harvard had 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 had not accomplished since at least the 2001-02 season, the last season for which complete game-by-game records are available.

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.

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 82.8 percent (77-93) at the line this season, good for sixth in the Ivy League and 68th in the NCAA, and has made at least seven free throws eight times.

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 had posted a 7-7 record entering the weekend when using the starting lineup of Brogan Berry (100 career starts), Christine Clark (43), Victoria Lippert (61), Emma Golen (14) and Miriam Rutzen (27), 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.

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.