Women's Basketball Looks To Knock Off First Place Princeton, Penn on Road Trip

Women's Basketball Looks To Knock Off First Place Princeton, Penn on Road Trip

Harvard enters the weekend needing to win each of its five remaining games to stay alive in the chase for the Ivy League Title (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will close out its final road trip of the season this weekend with trips to Princeton and Penn. The Crimson will first take on the Tigers Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Princeton, N.J., before facing the Quakers Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.

Live video and stats will be available for both games through GoPrincetonTigers.com and PennAthletics.com, respectively.

Last Time Out
Brogan Berry became the first Ivy Leaguer to record 1,300 points and 500 assists while leading the Harvard women's basketball team to a 71-51 win over Yale Saturday evening in Providence, R.I.

Berry finished the night with eight points and seven assists, giving her 1,361 career points and 503 career assists. She currently ranks sixth in program history in scoring while her assist total is third in program annals, sixth in the Ivy League. Harvard's 20-point margin of victory was its largest against the Bulldogs since 1997.

Christine Clark scored a game-high 23 points, marking the fourth time in the last six games she has scored 20-plus. The sophomore did so on 10-of-12 shooting and added seven rebounds. Emma Golen notched a career-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Victoria Lippert and Elle Hagedorn added 14 points and 11 points, respectively.

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History in the Making
Brogan Berry became the first Ivy Leaguer to surpass both the 1,300 point and 500 assist plateaus last weekend and is only the 56th student-athlete in NCAA women's basketball history to do so.  Entering Friday, Berry ranks third in Harvard history and sixth in Ivy League annals with 503 career assists, and is the sixth all-time leading scorer for the Crimson with 1,361 career points. She needs just 19 more points to break into the Ivy League all-time top 30, and is on pace to become just the 49th student-athlete in  NCAA annals to score 1,400 points and dish out 500 assists.

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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    1,361

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
2. Emily Tay '09    514
3. Brogan Berry '12    503

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
5. Lauren Benson'10, Cornell    515
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    503

Career Free-Throw Percentage (Ivy)
1. Angela Soriaga '06, Dartmouth    89.9
5. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    82.8

Down to the Wire
Harvard entered this weekend in third place of the Ivy League standings at 6-3 with five games to play, but just one half game behind Yale which is 7-3. The Crimson still have a shot at winning the conference's regular season title and its automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and needs to win out while receiving help from Princeton (9-0) to do so.

If Harvard finishes in a tie for either first or second place, the following tiebreaking criteria will be used to break the tie and determine the Ivy League's automatic bid to either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT.

1. Results of head-to-head competition between the tied teams.

2. Comparison of each team's record against the team occupying the next position in the standings.

3. Random draw.

Players of the Week
Junior Christine Clark and senior Brogan Berry have combined to earn five Ivy League Player of the Week honors this season, the most for any single team in the conference. Clark has been named player of the week three times after earning three Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards last season. Berry, meanwhile, owns five career player of the week honors, putting her one shy of entering the Ancient Eight's all-time top 10.

Welcome to the Club
Junior Victoria Lippert became the 16th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club on Feb. 10 against Penn and is only the sixth student-athlete in Crimson history to do so as an underclassman. Lippert enters the weekend ranked 15th in program annals with 1,041 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 1,361 points.

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 280 Ivy League games under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, and has won at least 10 games in the conference 16 times.

Just Like Home
Harvard has posted a 7-5 record on the road this season, including a five-game winning streak from Jan. 3 to Feb. 4, the program's longest road winning streak since a seven-game stretch in 2008-09. The Crimson is seeking its first winning season on the road since going 10-5 in that same 2008-09 campaign.

Its Been A While
Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 30th season at the helm of the Crimson, has coached 798 career games and will coach her 800th on Saturday at Penn. Delaney-Smith has also been on the sidelines for 403 Ivy League contests, reaching the milestone at home against the Quakers.

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

20/20 Vision
Christine Clark and Brogan Berry have combined for six consecutive 20-plus point performances, a feat which the Crimson had not achieved since going 15 straight games with a 20-point scorer in 2003-04.

Clark began the streak with 23 points at Cornell and followed that up with a 21-point night at Columbia, becoming the first Crimson since Victoria Lippert in 2010 to score at least 20 points in back-to-back games. Berry posted back-to-back 20-point games against Penn (26) and Princeton (21), marking the first time in her career she has done so. Clark moved the streak to six games with a 20-point effort at Brown and a 23-point showing at Yale.

Doubling Up
Four Crimson have combined to post six double-doubles this season, with Christine Clark notcing back-to-back double-doubles against Princeton and Brown to become the first Harvard student-athlete to do so since Emma Markley '11 in 2011. Brogan Berry, Emma Golen and Miriam Rutzen boast one double-double apiece.

Shooters' Touch
The Crimson shot 51.0 percent (26-51) from the field at Yale, marking only the second time this season the Crimson has made at least half of its attempts from the field. Harvard also shot 50.0 percent (26-52) against Alcorn State, marking the first time the team had done so since shooting 60.9 percent (28-46) in a 77-46 win against Columbia on Feb. 19, 2011.

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 12th in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (76.9) and was 29th with a +6.0 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 13th in personal fouls (13.1), 88th in three-point field goals per game (5.7) and 99th in field-goal percentage (40.6).

Individually, Brogan Berry owned the 17th best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) in the land while her 4.6 apg were good for 56th. Berry also ranked 15th in free-throw percentage (87.4) while Christine Clark came in at 39th (84.1).

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 40.6 percent of its attempts from the floor and 76.9 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) with Emma Golen coming in seventh (43.7). Brogan Berry had the second-best percentage at the line (87.4) with Christine Clark ranking fifth (84.1).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen entered play this weekend second in the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (40.3) while Victoria Lippert ranked third (38.7) and Brogan Berry fourth (37.5). Lippert's 1.9 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, were good for third in the conference.

Golen and Lippert have combined to shoot 42.6 percent from three over the last 18 games, with Golen hitting on 26-of-58 attempts and Lippert nailing 34-of-83.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson entered the weekend having outrebounded its opponents in 20 of 23 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 also entered the weekend ranked second in the Ancient Eight in rebounding offense (39.9), rebounding defense (33.9) and rebounding margin (+6.0).

Individually, Miriam Rutzen ranked ninth in the Ancient Eight with 6.0 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 15.9 ppg, which was good for third in the conference, while Berry ranked seventh with 12.6 ppg and Lippert ninth with 12.3 ppg.

The Crimson is 11-1 this season when allowing less than 60 points and has held six of its last seven opponents to under that total. 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.

Haven't We Seen You Before?
Senior Brogan Berry entered the weekend having made 109 career appearances in a Crimson uniform, including 108 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 113.

You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has scored in double-figures in 23 of 24 games this season, and had a streak of 21 consecutive double-digit performances dating back to last season. In her first 51 career games, Clark had scored at least 10 points 43 times and has been limited to under five points only twice.

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. 19, marking the fifth time this season the award has gone to a Crimson student-athlete. Clark has earned the award three times while Brogan Berry and Emma Golen have each been honored once.

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.