Women's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back at North Dakota

Women's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back at North Dakota

Curtis made her first career start Friday night at North Dakota State (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will look to avenge its season-opening loss at North Dakota State when it faces the University of North Dakota Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Harvard and UND met for the first time last season, with UND earning the 60-57 win in Cambridge.

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Last Time Out
Five Crimson scored in double-digits led by Christine Clark's 15, but North Dakota State used a late second-half run to pull away for an 81-72 victory over the Harvard women's basketball team on opening night.

Victoria Lippert and Temi Fagbenle added 12 points apiece while Emma Golen and Jasmine Evans chipped in 11. Harvard shot 47.4 percent (27-57) for the game and held North Dakota State to 38.5 percent (25-65) shooting, but the Crimson committed 23 turnovers which led to 30 Bison points. Evans, Golen and Miriam Rutzen each hit three three-pointers as Harvard combined to go 12-26 from beyond the arc.

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Sharp Shooting
Harvard, which finished the 2011-12 campaign ranked fifth in the Ivy League in three-point shooting percentage, went 12-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc on opening night, marking the team's highest three-point percentage since going 14-27 (51.9%) against NJIT on Jan. 9, 2011. The Crimson's 12 made three's were also a team high dating back to that same matchup with the Highlanders.

Welcome to the Show
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle made her collegiate debut at North Dakota State, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals. Fagbenle's 12 points were the most for a Crimson student-athlete making her debut since senior Victoria Lippert registered 14 in an 82-81 win over Boston College on Nov. 14, 2009. She also became the first Crimson to lead her team in both rebounding and assists while making her debut since Brogan Berry's '12 10-rebound, five-assists performance against Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 15, 2008.

Team Game
Five Crimson scored in double figures against North Dakota State on opening night, marking the first time Harvard has had five student-athletes score at least 10 points since an 80-78 loss to Boston College on Jan. 6, 2011. Christine Clark led the way with 15 points while Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert each notched 12. Jasmine Evans and Emma Golen finished the night with 11 points apiece.

Club 1,000
Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 13th in program history with 1,120 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 811 points through two-plus seasons.

Including this year, Harvard has had a 1,000 point scorer on the floor in four of the last five seasons. Additionally, each of Harvard's 17 1,000 point scorers have been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.

Milestone Moments
Victoria Lippert, Christine Clark and Miriam Rutzen will each look to cement their places in Harvard women's basketball history this season. Lippert currently ranks 13th in program history with 1,120 career points while also ranking third in three-point field goals made (136). Clark's 220 career free throws are seventh most in program history, and she is also on pace to become the next member of Harvard's 1,000-point club. Rutzen, meanwhile, is eighth in program annals with 65 blocked shots.

For a complete listing of Harvard's individual and team records, visit the Harvard women's basketball media center.

Career Points
1. Allison Feaster '98 2,312
11. Sarah Duncan '89 1,228
12. Barbarann Keffer '87 1,169
13. Victora Lippert '13 1,120
--   Christine Clark '14 811

Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 136

Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
5. Elaine Holpuch '83 233
6. Barbarann Keffer '87 229
7. Christine Clark '14 220

Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
6. Tammy Butler '95 78
7. Emma Moretzsohn '09 68
8. Miriam Rutzen '13 65

You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 59 games for the Crimson over the last two seasons and has scored in double-digits 49 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and seven games in which she has scored more than 20 points.

The last Crimson student-athlete to start every game of her career was four-time All-Ivy League selection Brogan Berry '12, who holds the program record with 115 starts.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Emma Golen and Miriam Rutzen have been voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012-13 season. Golen started 29 games for the Crimson last year, averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Rutzen, meanwhile, started all 30 games and put up 5.5 points with 6.3 boards.

Preseason Poll
Harvard was picked second in the 2012-13 Ivy League preseason poll after posting an 18-12 record a year ago and advancing to the second round of the WNIT. The Crimson received 120 points in the poll and garnered four first-place votes, its highest total since receiving 115 points and five first-place votes in the 2009-10 poll.

2012-13 Ivy League Preseason Poll
1. Princeton (13) 132
2. Harvard (4) 120
3. Yale 96
4. Penn 76
5. Brown 61
6. Cornell 58
7. Dartmouth 46
8. Columbia 23

Preseason Plaudits
Junior Christine Clark and freshman Shilpa Tummala were honored by College Sports Madness in its annual preseason awards. Clark, a 2011-12 All-Ivy League first-team selection, was named to the website's preseason All-Ivy League first team, while Tummala was named the preseason Mid-Major Freshman of the Year and preseason Ivy League Freshman of the Year.

An Olympian Among Us
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle became just the second student-athlete in Ivy League women's basketball history to compete in the Olypmics this summer as she averaged 4.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 1.2 bpg at power forward for Great Britain. Fagbenle appeared in all five games for the host country with three starts and averaged 20.0 minutes per contest.

Related Article: Fagbenle and GB Basketball Conclude Pool Play at 2012 London Olympics

USA Basketball
Freshman Shilpa Tummala, who placed second in the National High School Three-Point Shooting Competition at the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four, was invited to  the 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team Trials held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The final 12-women squad for the 2012 FIBA U18 Championship was selected after two days of competition.

Related Article: Tummala to Compete for Spot on USA Basketball U18 National Team

Inside Ivy League Basketball
"Inside Ivy League Basketball," a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League men's and women's basketball, returns for its second season in 2012-13.

Hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside Ivy League Basketball" takes in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy League men's and women's basketball on and off the courts. "Inside" runs a two-man weave this season with episodes on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. on with every episode available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and     

Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the Ancient Eight' segment. With its 'Program Profile' segment, the show visits with players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League men's and women's basketball, both past and present. With its 'Ivy Insights' segment, local and national media join the show to give their thoughts and perspectives on covering the conference.

Via Facebook (search Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops), fans and alumni can follow the show and get a chance to test their Ivy acumen with the 'Trivia Talk' segment. The first person posting the correct answer to each week's trivia question wins a gift certificate to the League's official online store at

Check each week for this season's episode schedule and guest lineups.