Women's Basketball to Face Hofstra Thursday in WNIT First Round

Women's Basketball to Face Hofstra Thursday in WNIT First Round

Harvard will visit Hofstra on Thursday in the team's third WNIT appearance in four years (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
For the third time in four years, the Harvard women's basketball team saw its name included in the 64-team field for the WNIT as it was paired against Hofstra in the tournament's first round. The Crimson and Pride will meet Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.

Fans unable to attend the game can listen to a free audio broadcast through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call. A live video stream and live stats will also be available through GoHofstra.com.

Postseason Perennials
Harvard will be making its third WNIT appearance in four years when it faces Hofstra on Thursday, marking the ninth time the team has made the postseason in the last 17 years. The Crimson has also competed in six NCAA Tournaments during this span, and in 1998 became the only No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on either the men's and women's side when it defeated Stanford, 71-67.

Senior Brogan Berry will be making her third postseason appearance on Thursday, a feat which has been accomplished only once before when Harvard went to three straight NCAA Tournaments from 1996-98.

Harvard in the WNIT
The Crimson is in search of its first victory in the WNIT as it enters the tournament with an 0-2 record. Harvard made its first appearance at the WNIT in 2009 when it lost at St. John's, 83-60, and in 2010 the Crimson fell at Syracuse, 87-68.

Against the Field
Harvard is 31-52 all-time against the WNIT field, and went 1-1 this year against teams competing in the tournament with a win over Boston University, 62-57, and a loss at Hartford, 72-61.

The Crimson faced three teams which will play in the NCAA Tournament, and posted a 1-3 record with a win over St. John's and losses to Iowa and Princeton.

All-Ivy Accolades
Brogan Berry, Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert were named to the All-Ivy League teams on Friday after leading Harvard to the program's third WNIT appearance in four years. Berry and Clark garnered first team honors while Lippert was named to the second team.

Berry joins Allison Feaster '98, Hana Peljto '04 and Reka Cserny '05 as only the fourth student-athlete in Harvard history to be named All-Ivy League four times in her career. She was an honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2009, a second team honoree as a sophomore in 2010 and has earned first team honors in each of the least two seasons.

Clark's first team selection was the first of her career after being named to the all-rookie team in 2011. She and Berry are just the ninth set of teammates in school history and first since 2004 to be named to the first team together.

Lippert, meanwhile, was named to the conference's second team for the third consecutive season. The junior was also an all-rookie selection in 2010.

Last Time Out
Emma Golen scored a career-high 21 points and Brogan Berry moved into a tie for second place on Harvard's career assists list as the Crimson defeated Dartmouth last Tuesday, 74-69, in the team's regular season finale.

Golen shot 8-of-13 from the floor, including a 3-of-6 clip from three, en route to her 21-point night. The junior also dished out a career-high five assists and pulled down eight rebounds. Christine Clark tallied 14 points and four steals while Elise Gordon scored a career-best 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Berry notched 13 points, four assists and four steals in 33 minutes. Her four helpers moved her career total to 517, tying her with former teammate Emily Tay '09 for second place in Harvard history and fourth place in Ivy League annals. Berry also eclipsed the 1,400 career point plateau, and ranks sixth in program history with 1,411.

Harvard shot 42.2 percent for the game against 46.7 percent from Dartmouth, but turned 19 Big Green turnovers into 24 points and outscored Dartmouth 36-26 in the paint. The win puts Harvard at 10-4 in conference play, marking the sixth time in the last seven years the Crimson have notched 10 wins in the Ivy League.

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History in the Making
Brogan Berry became the first Ivy Leaguer to surpass both the 1,400 point and 500 assist plateaus this season, and is only the 49th student-athlete in NCAA women's basketball history to do so.  Berry has scored 1,411 points entering Thursday's game, ranking her sixth in Harvard history and 29th in Ivy League history, while her 517 assists are tied for second in the school record book and fourth in the conference's.

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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    1,411

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    1,411

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

Career Assists (Ivy)
1. Jennifer Monti '02, Harvard    558
2. Kerry Kelley '87, Brown    549
3. Kathleen Offer '96, Yale    546
4. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    517
    Emily Tay '09, Harvard    517

Career Free Throws Made (Ivy)
1. Allison Feaster '98, Harvard    505
10. Diana Caramanico '01, Penn    409
11. Do Stevens '02, Cornell    394
12. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    388

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

Haven't We Seen You Before?
Senior Brogan Berry has started in a program record 113 games, and on Thursday will tie former teammate Christine Matera's '11 record of 115 career appearances.

Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 30th season at the helm of the Crimson, coached in her 800th career game Feb. 25 at Penn. Delaney-Smith has been on the sidelines for 408 Ivy League contests, and coached her 400th conference game Feb. 10 at home against the Quakers.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson went 8-4 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.

Players of the Week
Junior Christine Clark and senior Brogan Berry combined to earn five Ivy League Player of the Week honors this season, second most in the conference. Clark was  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 Thursday ranked 14th in program annals with 1,090 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 1,411 points.

Harvard won its 300th game in Ivy League play at home against Penn, becoming the second program after Dartmouth to reach 300 wins against Ancient Eight opponents. The Crimson has won 284 Ivy League games under Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, and has won at least 10 games in the conference 17 times, including six times in the last seven years.

Doubling Up
Harvard has notched nine double-doubles this season, including three over a two-game span against Columbia and Cornell. 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.

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 Thursday ranked eighth in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (77.9) and 28th with a +6.0 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranked 11th in personal fouls (13.0), 90th in three-point field goals per game (5.7) and 93rd in field-goal percentage (40.6).

Individually, Brogan Berry owns the 26th best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9) in the land while her 4.3 apg are good for 76th. Berry also ranks 24th in free-throw percentage (86.3) while Christine Clark is 32nd (84.8).

They're on Fire
Harvard enters Thursday 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 77.9 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 ranks sixth in the conference in shooting percentage (44.7) with Emma Golen coming in seventh (44.6). Brogan Berry has the best percentage at the line (86.3) with Christine Clark ranking third (84.8).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen enters play Thursday  leading the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (42.9) while Victoria Lippert ranks fifth (36.4). Lippert's 1.7 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, are good for sixth in the conference as Golen ranks seventh at 1.6.

Golen and Lippert have combined to shoot 41.6 percent from three over the last 23 games, with Golen hitting on 39-of-84 attempts and Lippert nailing 38-of-101.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrebounded its opponents in 24 of 28 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 Thursday ranked second in the Ancient Eight in rebounding offense (40.1), rebounding defense (34.1) and rebounding margin (+6.0).

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
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 Thursday Clark has netted 15.2 ppg, which is good for fifth in the conference, while Berry ranks ninth with 12.1 ppg and Lippert 10th with 11.9 ppg.

The Crimson is 13-1 this season when allowing less than 60 points and has held eight of its last 12 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 26 of 28 games this season, and had a streak of 21 consecutive double-digit performances dating back to last season. In her first 56 career games, Clark had scored at least 10 points 47 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 Thursday shooting 60.0 percent (9-15) with less than two minutes to play while going 35-of-41 from the line for a total of 54 points. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, had totaled 41 points on 47.1 percent shooting (8-17) while going 25-of-30 at the charity stripe.

Pouring it On
The Crimson scored 88 points at home 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 also a season-high while its 67 field goal attempts and 55 rebounds were second most for the team in 2011-12.

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.

Shooters' Touch
The Crimson shot 51.0 percent (26-51) at Yale, marking only the second time this season Harvard 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.

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 had gone to a Crimson student-athlete. Clark earned the award three times while Brogan Berry and Emma Golen were each 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.

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.