Women's Basketball Returns to the Road to Face Cornell and Columbia

Women's Basketball Returns to the Road to Face Cornell and Columbia

Harvard has won three straight games on the road as it prepares to take on Cornell and Columbia (Jenn Leffew).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team is heading back out on the road this weekend to take on Cornell and Columbia in Ivy League action. The Crimson will first face the Big Red Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., before taking to the court against the Lions Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out
Brogan Berry and Victoria Lippert combined for 20 of Harvard's 31 second-half points as the Crimson fended off Brown's comeback attempt for a 65-57 victory Sunday afternoon in Lavietes Pavilion.

Harvard led by as many as 18 points after the break but found itself tied with Brown at 54 with 4:31 to play. The Crimson rallied to close the game on an 11-3 run, however, with Berry netting eight of those points, to pick up its eighth Ivy League win in 10 chances at home.

Berry finished with a game-high 16 points and went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Lippert notched 14 points while going 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, and Christine Clark added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Miriam Rutzen picked up her first double-double of the season, scoring a season-high 11 points while pulling down 11 boards for the second consecutive game.

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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. Entering the weekend, Berry ranks seventh in conference history and fourth in school annals with 480 career assists, and is the ninth all-time leading scorer for the Crimson with 1,283 career points. She needs just 97 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
7. Sharon Hayes '88 1,302
8. Emma Markley '11 1,285
9. Brogan Berry '12 1,283

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02 558
2. Emily Tay '09 514
3. Jessica Gelman '97 485
4. Brogan Berry '12 480

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard 558
5. Lauren Benson'10, Cornell 515
6. Jessica Gelman '97, Harvard 485
7. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 480

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth 89.9
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard 82.4

Step Your Game Up
Junior Victoria Lippert has stepped her game up over the team's last eight games, averaging 12.8 ppg while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor and 47.5 percent from three. Lippert averaged 11.4 ppg in the Crimson's first nine contests, but shot just 40.8 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent from three. Lippert currently ranks second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage (46.0), three-point percentage (40.4) and three-point field goals made (2.1).

Join the Club
Junior Victoria Lippert had scored 963 career points entering the weekend and needed just 37 more to become the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club. Sophomore Christine Clark, meanwhile, is more than halfway there with 596 points in just 45 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.

Just Like Home
Harvard has won three straight games on the road, marking the team's longest road winning streak since posting five straight in February of 2010. The Crimson is 4-4 on the road for the season and is looking for its first winning season on the road since going 10-5 in 2008-09.

Harvard has won 297 games in the Ivy League and will soon become just the second program behind Dartmouth to reach 300. The Crimson has won 276 of those games under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, and has won at least 10 games in the conference 16 times.

Its Been A While
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 30th season at the helm of the Crimson, has coached 792 career games and will coach her 800th Feb. 25 at Penn. Delaney-Smith has also been on the sidelines for 397 Ivy League contests and will coach her 400th Ancient Eight game Feb. 10 at home against the Quakers.

Block Party
The Crimson recorded a season-high 10 blocks against Yale, led by Miriam Rutzen's four and Missy Mullins' career-high three. This marked the first time Harvard had tallied at least 10 blocks in a game since swatting away 11 Columbia attempts on  Feb. 20, 2010.

Nationally Known
Harvard entered the weekend ranked 16th in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (76.5) and was 43rd with a +5.4 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 12th in personal fouls (13.1), 64th in field-goal percentage (41.7) and 75th in three-point field goals per game (6.0).

Individually, Brogan Berry owned the 19th best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) in the land while her 4.9 apg were good for 48th. Berry also ranked 30th in free-throw percentage (86.4) while Christine Clark came in at 59th (83.3). Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, ranked 20th in three-point percentage (40.4) and was 92nd in three-point field goals (2.1).

They're on Fire
Harvard entered the weekend leading the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, connecting on 41.7 percent of its attempts from the floor and 76.5 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 ranked second in the conference in shooting percentage (46.0) while Emma Golen was ninth (43.0). Brogan Berry had the third-best percentage at the line (86.4) with Christine Clark coming in just behind her at sixth (83.3).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen entered play this weekend as the Ancient Eight's leader in three-point percentage (44.4) while Victoria Lippert ranked second (40.4). Lippert's 2.1 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 47.5 percent from three over the team's last 12 games, with Golen hitting on 21-of-40 attempts and Lippert nailing 27-of-61.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson outrebounded its opponents in 15 of its first 17 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 39.1 rpg  ranked second in the Ivy League entering the weekend, while its 33.7 rebounds allowed were first. The Crimson also ranked second with a +5.4 rebounding margin.

Individually, Miriam Rutzen ranked fifth in the Ancient Eight with 6.5 rpg after pulling down 11 rebounds in back-to-back games against Yale and Brown.

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 15.2 ppg, which was good for fourth in the conference, while Berry ranked eighth with 12.5 ppg and Lippert ninth with 12.1 ppg.

Haven't We Seen You Before?
Senior Brogan Berry entered the weekend having made 103 career appearances in a Crimson uniform, including 102 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 and Miriam Rutzen each entered the weekend having recorded a double-double this season, with Rutzen's 11-point, 11-rebound performance against Brown being the most recent. Clark posted 17 points and 10 rebounds at Dartmouth, while Berry notched hers with 12 points and 10 assists at UMass. Golen recorded the first double-double of the year against Boston University with 10 points and 10 boards.

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.

You Can Count on Clark
Entering the weekend, Christine Clark had scored in double-digits each game this season and in 19 straight dating back to last year. In 45 career games, Clark has scored at least 10 points 38 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 entered the weekend shooting 54.5 percent (6-11) with less than two minutes to play while going 21-of-25 from the line for a total of 33 points. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, had totaled 32 points on 46.2 percent shooting (6-13) while going 20-of-23 at the charity stripe.

A Tale of Two Halves
Harvard has thrived in the first half of games, and entered the weekend having averaged 32.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting while allowing 28.5 points on 40.4 percent shooting. In the second half, however, the Crimson is scoring 33.0 points on 41.0 percent shooting while allowing 35.1 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Additionally, Harvard has made 66-of-183 attempts from three before the break but just 36-of-150 after.

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.

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 an 8-8 record entering the weekend when using the starting lineup of Brogan Berry (102 career starts), Christine Clark (45), Victoria Lippert (63), Emma Golen (16) and Miriam Rutzen (29), 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.