Women's Basketball Faces Temple Saturday in WNIT Second Round

The bench cheers after a basket in the team's 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).
The bench cheers after a basket in the team's 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).

Harvard will look to advance to the WNIT Sweet 16 for the first time in Ivy League history (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will face Temple Saturday, March 17 at 6 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa. with a trip to the WNIT Sweet 16 on the line. Saturday's game will mark the first meeting between Harvard and Temple after the Crimson became the first team in Ivy League history to win a game in the WNIT.

Fans unable to attend the game can follow all of the action live online via a free video stream and live stats through OwlSports.com.

Where No Ivy Has Gone Before
Harvard became the first Ivy League program to win a game in the WNIT when it knocked off Hofstra, 73-71. Harvard is also the only Ivy League program to ever win a game in the NCAA Tournament, and became the only No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed on either the men's or women's side with a 71-67 victory over Stanford on March 14, 1998.

Postseason Perennials
Harvard is making its third appearance in the WNIT in four years, and its Ivy League leading ninth postseason appearance in 17 years. The Crimson has also competed in six NCAA Tournaments during this span, and owns a 2-8 record in the postseason.

Senior Brogan Berry is making her third run through the postseason, 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 earned the first WNIT win in Ivy League history on Thursday with its 73-71 victory at Hofstra. The win improved Harvard to 1-2 all-time in the tournament after falling to St. John's, 83-60, and Syracuse, 87-68, in its first two appearances.

Harvard's 73-points scored against the Pride marks the highest scoring output for an Ivy League team in WNIT history. Brogan Berry set the conference's individual WNIT scoring mark with her 26 points, while Emma Golen matched the Ancient Eight rebounding record with 10 and Christine Clark matched the conference's highest field goal percentage with her 9-of-15 performance (60.0). The Crimson also set Ivy League records with 42 rebounds and a shooting percentage of 46.8 percent.

Against the Field
Harvard is 32-52 all-time against the WNIT field and entered the tournament 1-1 this season against teams competing. The Crimson took down Boston University, 62-57, before falling at Hartford, 72-61.

The Crimson faced three teams which are playing 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 March 9 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
Brogan Berry and Christine Clark combined for 49 points as the Harvard women's basketball team knocked off Hofstra Thursday night, 73-71, to become the first team in Ivy League history to record a win in the WNIT. With the victory, Harvard advances to the tournament's second round and will now face Temple Saturday, March 17 at 6 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.

Berry dominated the game in the first half, scoring 19 of her 26 points on 7-of-8 shooting while going 4-of-5 from three. She finished the game shooting 9-of-16 from the field and 5-of-9 from three, and added five rebounds and four assists.

Clark went 9-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three for her 23 points, and added seven rebounds. Victoria Lippert chipped in nine points while Emma Golen led the efforts on the glass with 10 boards. Elle Hagedorn grabbed seven rebounds to go with her three assists.

Hofstra was led by Shante Evans' 24-point, 16-rebound double-double. The Pride held a 38-30 edge in points in the paint and a 20-5 advantage in second-chance points, but shot 36.5 percent to Harvard's 46.8 percent. Candace Bond and Nicole Capurso added 18 points and 13 points, respectively.

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 just the 49th student-athlete in NCAA women's basketball history to do so.  Berry has scored 1,437 points entering Saturday's game, ranking her sixth in Harvard history and 27th in Ivy League history, while her 521 assists are 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    1,437

Career Scoring (Ivy)
1. Diana Caramanico '01, Penn    2,415
25. Jeannie Cullen '06, Dartmouth    1,481
26. Ula Lysniak '87, Columbia    1,447
27. Brogan Berry '12, Harvard    1,437

Career Assists (Harvard)
1. Jennifer Monti '02    558
2. Brogan Berry '12    521

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    521

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    391

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 a program record 114 games, and on Thursday tied 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, has coached in 804 career games and reached the 800-game milestone 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 in that time, including a near perfect 12-1 mark in 2009-10.

Just Like Home
Harvard is 9-6 in road games this season, marking 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 Saturday ranked 14th in program annals with 1,099 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 1,437 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
Freshmen Kaitlyn Dinkins and Erin McDonnell starred in three editions of GoCrimson.com's video series, "Seeing Crimson." In the videos, Dinkins and McDonnell gave fans a first person perspective of what it takes to be a Crimson.

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.

Berry and Clark combined for 49 points at Hofstra in the first round of the WNIT, with Berry notching a game-high 26 points and Clark registering 23. This marked the first time Crimson teammates had scored 20-plus in the same game since Berry (31), Victoria Lippert (21) and Emma Markley '11 (20) did so on Dec. 9, 2009 against Northeastern.

Nationally Known
Harvard enters Saturday ranked eighth in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (77.6) and 30th with a +5.8 rebounding margin. The Crimson also ranks 11th in personal fouls (13.1), 82nd in field-goal percentage (40.8) and 84th in three-point field goals per game (5.8).

Individually, Brogan Berry owns the 34th best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) in the land while her 4.3 apg are good for 78th. Berry also ranks 23rd in free-throw percentage (85.9) while Christine Clark is 35th (84.4).

They're on Fire
Harvard enters Saturday ranked second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage and first in free-throw percentage, connecting on 40.8 percent of its attempts from the floor and 77.6 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 seventh in the conference in shooting percentage (44.2) with Emma Golen coming in ninth (43.7). Brogan Berry has the best percentage at the line (85.9) with Christine Clark ranking third (84.4).

From Way Down Town
Emma Golen enters play Saturday second in the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage (40.8) while Brogan Berry ranks fourth (37.0) and Victoria Lippert eighth (35.0). Lippert's 1.7 three-point field goals per game, meanwhile, are good for sixth in the conference as Golen ranks eighth at 1.5.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson has outrebounded its opponents in 24 of 29 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 Saturday ranked second in the Ancient Eight in rebounding offense (40.2), rebounding defense (34.3) and rebounding margin (+5.8).

Individually, Miriam Rutzen ranks sixth in the Ancient Eight with 6.2 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 Saturday Clark has netted 15.5 ppg, which is good for third in the conference, while Berry ranks seventh with 12.6 ppg and Lippert 10th with 11.8 ppg.

The Crimson is 13-1 this season when allowing less than 60 points and has held eight of its last 13 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 27 of 29 games this season, and had a streak of 21 consecutive double-digit performances dating back to last season. In her first 57 career games, Clark had scored at least 10 points 48 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 Saturday shooting 62.5 percent (10-16) with less than two minutes to play while going 35-of-42 from the line for a total of 56 points. Brogan Berry, meanwhile, had totaled 42 points on 47.1 percent shooting (8-17) while going 27-of-33 at the charity stripe.

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 12.6 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.