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Women's Basketball Begins Four-Game Road Swing at Brown and Yale

Harvard will look to extend its five-game road winning streak with trips to Brown and Yale this weekend (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will play its next four games on the road as it begins the second half of Ivy League play. The Crimson will first face Brown on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Providence, R.I., before taking to the court against Yale in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

Live video and stats will be available during Friday's game against the Bears through BrownBears.com, while live audio will be available through GoCrimson.com.

Last Time Out
Brogan Berry scored 21 points and Christine Clark notched her second double-double of the year, but the Harvard women's basketball team was unable to solve a hot Princeton team as the Tigers won their 10th straight, 84-56, Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.

Berry's team-high 21 points came on just 6-of-15 shooting, but the senior was 8-of-9 at the line and added three assists with zero turnovers in 35 minutes. Clark's double-double came via a 17-point, 11-rebound effort. The Crimson struggled from the floor all night, shooting a season-low 26.9 percent despite getting several quality looks at the basket.

Niveen Rasheed was the game's high scorer with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Princeton shot 55.0 percent on the night and hit seven three-pointers, including three from Lauren Edwards who netted 13 points. The Tigers moved two games ahead of Harvard and Yale in the Ivy League standings with the victory.

Click here to watch highlights from the game.

Welcome to the Club
Junior Victoria Lippert became the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club against Penn and is only the sixth student-athlete in Crimson history to do so as an underclassman. Lippert scored 12 points on the evening, and currently ranks 16th in program annals with 1,015 points. Senior Brogan Berry is also a member of the 1,000 point club and was the fifth student-athlete to eclipse 1,000 points as an underclassman. She currently ranks sixth in the Harvard record books with 1,347 points.

300
Harvard won its 300th game in Ivy League play against Penn, becoming the second program after Dartmouth to reach 300 wins against Ancient Eight opponents. The Crimson has won 279 of those games under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, and has won at least 10 games in the conference 16 times.

Just Like Home
Harvard has won five straight games on the road, marking the team's longest road winning streak since winning seven straight during the 2008-09 season. The Crimson is 6-4 on the road for the season and is looking for its first winning season on the road since going 10-5 in 2008-09.

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 Friday, Berry ranks third in Harvard history and sixth in Ivy League annals with 492 career assists, and is the sixth all-time leading scorer for the Crimson with 1,347 career points. She needs just 33 more points to break into the Ivy League all-time top 30, and is on pace to become the only student-athlete in Ancient Eight history to score 1,300 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
2. Hana Peljto '04    2,109
3. Reka Cserny '05    1,863
4. Tammy Butler '95    1,605
5. Erin Maher '93    1,582
6. Brogan Berry '12    1,347

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
2. Emily Tay '09    514
3. Brogan Berry '12    492

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
5. Lauren Benson'10, Cornell    515
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    492

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth    89.9
5. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    82.7

Seeing Crimson
Ffreshman Kaitlyn Dinkins was the subject of the most recent Seeing Crimson feature on GoCrimson.com. In the video below, Dinkins takes fans into a typical day of ball handling drills for the Harvard women's basketball team.



20/20 Vision

Christine Clark went off for 23 points at Cornell and followed that up with a 21-point night at Columbia to become the first Crimson since Victoria Lippert in 2010 to score at least 20 points in back-to-back games. The sophomore was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her efforts, marking the second time this season she has garnered the award and fourth total for the Crimson this season.

Brogan Berry followed Clark with back-to-back 20-point games against Penn (26) and Princeton (21), marking the first time in her career she has done so. The Crimson last went four straight games with a 20-point scorer during the 2009-10 campaign, and did so twice including once when Victoria Lippert accomplished the feat on her own.

Freebies
Harvard was a perfect 21-of-21 at the free-throw line at Columbia, tying the program record for free-throw percentage in a single game and marking the first time the team has been perfect on more than 15 attempts. The Crimson is one of just 10 teams in the NCAA this season to finish a game without a miss at the line and at least 15 attempts, and along with Syracuse's 23-of-23 performance is one of only two teams to do so with at least 20 attempts.

Christine Clark led Harvard with a 12-of-12 performance at the line, tying her with Reka Cserny '05 for the best single-game performance in program history. Clark made 29 consecutive free throws earlier this season, including an 11-of-11 performance at New Hampshire.

Nationally Known
Harvard entered the weekend ranked sixth in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (78.0) and was 47th with a +5.0 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked eighth in personal fouls (13.0), 81st in three-point field goals per game (5.9) and 97th in field-goal percentage (40.7).

Individually, Brogan Berry owned the 17th best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) in the land while her 4.5 apg were good for 63rd. Berry also ranked 21st in free-throw percentage (86.9) while Christine Clark came in at 40th (85.1). Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, ranked 25th in three-point percentage (39.3).

They're on Fire
Harvard entered the weekend ranked second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and first in free-throw percentage, connecting on 40.7 percent of its attempts from the floor and 78.0 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 (45.9). Brogan Berry had the third-best percentage at the line (86.9) with Christine Clark coming in just behind her at fifth (85.1).

From Way Down Town
Victoria Lippert entered play this weekend second in the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (39.3) while Emma Golen ranked third (38.8). Lippert's 2.0 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, were good for third in the conference. The two have combined to shoot 42.4 percent from three over the last 14 games, with Golen hitting on 23-of-53 attempts and Lippert nailing 33-of-79.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson entered the weekend having outrebounded its opponents in 18 of its first 21 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 entered the weekend ranked second in the Ancient Eight in rebounding offense (38.9), rebounding defense (33.9) and rebounding margin (+5.0).

Individually, Miriam Rutzen ranked seventh in the Ancient Eight with 6.2 rpg after having grabbed 10 or more boards in four games this season.

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 15.4 ppg, which was good for fifth in the conference, while Berry ranked seventh with 13.1 ppg and Lippert ninth with 12.2 ppg.

D-Fence
The Crimson is a perfect 10-0 this season when allowing less than 60 points and has done so in each contest during its current three-game winning streak. Harvard held both UMass (47) and TCU (44) to under 50 points, marking the first time it has done so in consecutive games since March of 2008. Both the Minutewomen (26.6) and Horned Frogs (23.7) also shot below 30 percent, a feat which the Crimson had not accomplished since at least the 2001-02 season, the last season for which complete game-by-game records are available.

Its Been A While
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 30th season at the helm of the Crimson, has coached 796 career games and will coach her 800th Feb. 25 at Penn. Delaney-Smith has also been on the sidelines for 401 Ivy League contests, reaching the milestone last night against the Quakers.

Haven't We Seen You Before?
Senior Brogan Berry entered the weekend having made 107 career appearances in a Crimson uniform, including 106 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.

Players of the Week
Senior co-captain Brogan Berry and sophomore Christine Clark have each earned two Ivy League Player of the Week awards this season. Berry owns five player of the week awards for her career, putting her one shy of entering the Ancient Eight's all-time top 10. Clark's honors, meanwhile, were the first of her career after having been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times last season.

Doubling Up
Four Crimson have combined to post five double-doubles this season, with Christine Clark notching 17 points and 11 rebounds against Princeton for her second of the year and third of her career. Brogan Berry, Emma Golen and Miriam Rutzen boast one double-double apiece.

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.

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...
Christine Clark was named the College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week on Feb. 5, marking the fourth time this season the award has gone to a Crimson student-athlete. Clark was also the first to garner the accolade on Nov. 13, and was followed by Emma Golen (Dec. 4) and Brogan Berry (Jan. 8).

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.