Women's Basketball Closes Out Regular Season at Home Against Dartmouth

Team (Ron Feltman)
Team (Ron Feltman)

Harvard will attempt to reach 10 wins in the Ivy League for the sixth time in seven years Tuesday against Dartmouth (Ron Feltman).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will host Dartmouth Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in its final regular season game of the year. The Crimson enters the game 9-4 in the Ivy League, in search of the program's sixth 10-win season in conference play in the last seven years.

A live video stream will be available for Tuesday's game through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call. Live stats will also be available through GoCrimson.com.

Postseason Perennials
Harvard has clinched second place in the Ivy League standings and with it the conference's automatic bid to the WNIT. This will mark the third WNIT appearance in four years for the Crimson, and the ninth time the team has made the postseason in the last 17 years. Senior's Brogan Berry and Lindsay Louie will be making their third postseason appearance, a feat which has been accomplished only once before when Harvard went to three straight NCAA Tournaments from 1996-98.

The 2012 WNIT bracket will be released  Monday, March 12 after the NCAA field has been set. Opening round games will be played March 14-16 with the championship game scheduled for March 31. Click here to visit the WNIT's site for more information.

Haven't We Seen You Before?
Senior Brogan Berry will set a new program record Tuesday night when she makes her 113th career start against Dartmouth. Tuesday's game will also mark her 114th career appearance, placing her one shy of Christine Matera's '11 school record of 115.

Last Time Out
A trio of underclassmen led the way on Senior Night as the Harvard women's basketball team defeated Cornell, 65-59, to clinch second place in the Ivy League and the conference's automatic bid to the WNIT.

Emma Golen matched her career-high with 15 points as she hit 4-of-7 from three-point range and pulled down seven rebounds. Miriam Rutzen recorded her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds, including seven at the offensive end, and Christine Clark scored 13 points to go along with her seven rebounds.

Harvard shot 40.0 percent for the game and outrebounded Cornell by a 43-31 margin. The Crimson scored 32 points in the paint and converted 20 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points.

The Big Red was led by Clare Fitzpatrick's 15 points and Taylor Flynn's 12. Cornell shot 37.0 percent from the floor and was 16-of-20 from the line.

Click here to watch highlights from the game.

History in the Making
Brogan Berry became the first Ivy Leaguer to surpass both the 1,300 point and 500 assist plateaus this season, and is only the 56th student-athlete in NCAA women's basketball history to do so.  Berry has scored 1,398 points entering Tuesday's game, and is poised to become just the 49th student-athlete in NCAA annals to score 1,400 points and dish out 500 assists. Berry's 1,398 points rank her third in Harvard history and 29th in Ivy League history, while her 511 assists are good for third in the school record book and sixth in the conference's.

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    1,398

Career Scoring (Ivy)
1. Diana Caramanico '01, Penn    2,415
27. Ashley Taylor '07, Dartmouth    1,428
28. Courtney Banghart '00, Dartmouth    1,423
29. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    1,398

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
2. Emily Tay '09    517
3. Brogan Berry '12    513

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
4. Emily Tay '09, Harvard    517
5. Lauren Benson'10, Cornell    515
6. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    513

Career Free Throws Made (Ivy)
1. Allison Feaster '98, Harvard    505
11. Do Stevens '02, Cornell    394
12. Katherine Hanks '03, Dartmouth    384
13. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    383

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

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 7-4 at Lavietes Pavilion this season, marking the sixth straight year that Harvard has posted a winning record at home. The Crimson is 53-17 in Lavietes over the last six years, including a near perfect 12-1 mark in 2009-10.

Just Like Home
Harvard went 8-6 in road games this season, clinching the program's first winning road record since 2008-09. The Crimson enjoyed a five-game road winning streak from Jan. 3 to Feb. 4, marking the program's longest road winning streak since a seven-game stretch in 2008-09.

Doubling Up
Harvard has notched nine double-doubles this season, including three this past weekend. Both Elle Hagedorn and Victoria Lippert recorded their  first double-double's of the year Friday against Columbia, with Hagedorn registering 11 points and 13 rebounds and Lippert tallying 13 points and 10 boards. The pair became the first Crimson duo to notch a double-double in the same game since Lippert and Emma Markley '11 did so on Dec. 9, 2009.

Miriam Rutzen also got into the action on Saturday with a 12-point, 11-rebound effort against Cornell for her second double-double of the year. Christine Clark leads the team with three double-doubles while Brogan Berry and Emma Golen have registered one.

Pouring it On
The Crimson scored 88 points on Friday against Columbia, marking the team's highest scoring output since an 88-84 double-overtime win versus Penn on Feb. 5, 2011. Harvard's 24 free throws against the Lions were a season-high while its 67 field goal attempts and 55 rebounds were second most for the team in 2011-12.

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, second most 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 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 Tuesday ranked 14th in program annals with 1,082 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 1,398 points.

Seeing Crimson
Freshman Erin McDonnell was the star of the most recent Seeing Crimson feature on GoCrimson.com. In the video, McDonnell breaks down the keys to playing post defense and gives you a first person view of what it looks like to take a charge.

20/20 Vision
Christine Clark and Brogan Berry combined for six consecutive 20-plus point performances from Feb. 3 to Feb. 18, 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.

Nationally Known
Harvard enters Tuesday ranked eighth in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (77.8) and was 27th with a +6.1 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 12th in personal fouls (13.3), 90th in three-point field goals per game (5.7) and 94th in field-goal percentage (40.5).

Individually, Brogan Berry owns the 31st best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9) in the land while her 4.3 apg are good for 74th. Berry also ranks 22nd in free-throw percentage (86.4) while Christine Clark is 31st (84.4).

They're on Fire
Harvard enters Tuesday ranked second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and first in free-throw percentage, connecting on 40.5 percent of its attempts from the floor and 77.8 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 ranks sixth in the conference in shooting percentage (45.1) with Emma Golen coming in 10th (43.5). Brogan Berry has the best percentage at the line (86.4) with Christine Clark ranking third (84.4).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen enters play Tuesday  leading the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (42.4) while Victoria Lippert ranks fourth (37.3). Lippert's 1.7 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, are good for fifth in the conference as Golen ranks ninth at 1.5.

Golen and Lippert have combined to shoot 42.0 percent from three over the last 22 games, with Golen hitting on 36-of-78 attempts and Lippert nailing 38-of-98.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrebounded its opponents in 23 of 27 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 enters Tuesday ranked second in the Ancient Eight in rebounding offense (40.1), rebounding defense (34.1) and rebounding margin (+6.1).

Individually, Miriam Rutzen ranks sixth in the Ancient Eight with 6.3 rpg after having grabbed 10 or more boards in six 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 Tuesday Clark has netted 15.3 ppg, which was good for fifth in the conference, while Berry ranks ninth with 12.1 ppg and Lippert 10th with 12.0 ppg.

The Crimson is 13-1 this season when allowing less than 60 points and has held seven of its last nine 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.

You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has scored in double-figures in 25 of 27 games this season, and had a streak of 21 consecutive double-digit performances dating back to last season. In her first 55 career games, Clark had scored at least 10 points 46 times and has been limited to under five points only three times.

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 enters Tuesday shooting 57.1 percent (8-14) with less than two minutes to play while going 35-of-41 from the line for a total of 51 points. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, had totaled 40 points on 47.1 percent shooting (8-17) while going 24-of-28 at the charity stripe.

Team Effort
All 13 active Crimson scored against Columbia on March 2, marking the third time this season at least nine student-athletes have scored in the same game. Harvard had at least nine student-athletes score at least one point 12 times last year, including a 96-63 win over New Hampshire in which 13 Crimson put points on the board.

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 12.1 ppg and 4.3 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.