Women's Basketball Opens Home Slate Friday Versus BYU

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).

The Crimson is 53-17 in the friendly confines of Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will open the home portion of its schedule by playing host to BYU this Friday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in Lavietes Pavilion. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the men's team taking on Manhattan at 7:30 p.m.

Fans unable to attend the game can watch all of the action online at via a live video stream with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky and analyst Helen Williams.

Double Dip
Harvard's game against BYU on Nov. 16 will be part of a doubleheader for the Crimson as the men's team will take to the court against Manhattan following the women's game. Harvard also played a men's and women's doubleheader last year with the women facing St. John's (W, 63-56) and the men hosting Florida Atlantic (W, 63-51). Prior to 2011-12, the last time Harvard played a men's and women's doubleheader was January 5, 2008 when the women lost to Dartmouth, 52-47, before the men took down the Big Green, 82-56.

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Last Time Out
Christine Clark scored a game-high 17 points and Temi Fagbenle recorded her first career double-double as the Harvard women's basketball team rolled to a 65-52 win at the University of North Dakota Sunday afternoon.

Clark's 17 points came on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 shooting at the line. The junior also added a team-best four assists, her highest total since 2010. Fagbenle, meanwhile, went for 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds for the double-double.

Victoria Lippert and Emma Golen also got in on the scoring and chipped in 14 points and 12 points, respectively. The bulk of Lippert's points came at the line, where she went 7-of-8 to go along with eight rebounds and two steals. Golen was a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc as Harvard shot 5-of-7 from three for the day.

Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Nov. 12 after averaging 12.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 2.5 bpg in the first two games of her career. Fagbenle is the first Crimson to earn the award since Christine Clark won it three times in 2010-11, and is the first to take home the first honor of the year since Allison Feaster '98 did so to open the 1994-95 campaign.

Related Article: Fagbenle Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

Sharp Shooting
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage and three-point percentage, shooting 47.1 percent (49-104) from the floor and 51.5 percent (17-33) from three. Harvard last led the league in both categories in 2008-09 when it connected on 43.8 percent of its attempts from the floor and 33.8 percent of its attempts from three.

She's on Fire
Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 7-of-8 three-point attempts to start the season, including a 4-of-4 performance at North Dakota State. Her seven made three's through two games are the most for a Crimson student-athlete since Jessica Holsey '06 went 7-of-11 to begin the 2004-05 campaign, while her 87.0 percent clip is the highest since Rochelle Bell '05 shot 71.4 percent (5-7) to begin 2002-03.

Double Dipping
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle recorded her first career double-double at North Dakota with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She is the first Crimson rookie to register a double-double since Christine Clark's 18-point, 10-rebound performance against Dartmouth on Jan. 15, 2011, and is the first Crimson rookie to do so in her first weekend of action since Hannah Peljto '04 went for 21 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against St. Peter's on Nov. 17, 2000.

3's are Wild
The Crimson went 12-of-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc on opening night, marking the team's highest three-point percentage  with a minimum of 10 attempts since going 14-of-27 (51.9%) against NJIT on Jan. 9, 2011. Harvard's 12 made three's were also a team high dating back to that same matchup with the Highlanders.

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 in a game 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.

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 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-assist performance against Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 15, 2008.

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 1,134 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 828 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 as they climb the career ranks.

Related Link: 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 1,134
--   Christine Clark '14 828

Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 137

Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
5. Elaine Holpuch '83 233
6. Barbarann Keffer '87 229
7. Christine Clark '14 225

Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
6. Tammy Butler '95 78
7. Emma Moretzsohn '09 68
8. Miriam Rutzen '13 67

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 14-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 18-4 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson went 8-4 at Lavietes Pavilion in 2011-12, 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.

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.

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