Women's Basketball Returns Home Wednesday Versus New Hampshire

Women's Basketball Returns Home Wednesday Versus New Hampshire

Fagbenle has led the Crimson in rebounding three times this season (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will close out November versus New Hampshire on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. in just its second home game of the season. A win would improve the Crimson to 5-2, marking the first time in program history that Harvard has posted five wins before the month of December.

Fans unable to attend the game can follow all of the action live online via a video stream with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky and analyst Helen Williams on the call. Live stats will also be available through GoCrimson.com.

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  • .@HarvardHoops has set a program record with 4 wins in November & is looking to go 5-2 to start the year for the 1st time since 2004-05
  • Christine Clark was named the @Ivy_Athletics POW Monday, her 7th career weekly award from the conference and @HarvardHoops' 3rd of the year
  • Christine Clark is the first player to lead @HarvardHoops in scoring in each of the first 6 games since Hana Peltjo in 2002-03
  • .@imEMMAude ranks 2nd in the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (68%) & her 15 makes are more than any other 2 Crimson combined #MaudeCantMiss
  • Christine Clark is a perfect 19-19 at the line & leads the NCAA in FT percentage. Clark is 39-40 from the line dating back to last year
  • .@HarvardHoops currently ranks 2nd in the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (45%), 9th in FT percentage (80%) & is 16th in FG percentage (47%)
  • .@HarvardHoops has made at least 1 3-pointer in 104 straight games, the 2nd longest streak in program history

Last Time Out
Sophomore Ali Curtis stepped to the line with 0:06 remaining in a two-point game and calmly hit both free throws to give the Harvard women's basketball team a 67-63 win Saturday afternoon at Eastern Michigan.

Curtis finished with a career-high nine points, two rebounds and two steals while playing a career-best 32 minutes. Christine Clark led the Crimson in scoring for a sixth-straight game with 16 points and added five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Temi Fagbenle chipped in a career-high 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting with six rebounds, and Miriam Rutzen registered a season-best 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Harvard outshot Eastern Michigan 46.9 percent (23-49) to 33.3 percent (24-72) and held a 42-36 advantage over the Eagles on the glass.

What a Start
Harvard is off to a 4-2 start for the third time in the last five years and a win versus New Hampshire on Wednesday would mark just the ninth time in program history that the Crimson has started 5-2 or better. The last time Harvard opened a campaign at 5-2 was in 2004-05 when the Crimson rolled to a 20-8 overall record and captured the Ivy League title with a 12-2 mark.

Junior Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 26, marking her seventh career weekly honor from the conference. Clark averaged 21.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.7 apg in a 2-1 week for the Crimson, and turned in back-to-back 20-point performances at Holy Cross and Michigan. The honor marked Clark's fourth career player of the week accolade after being named rookie of the week three times in 2009-10.

Leader of the Pack
Junior Christine Clark has led Harvard in scoring in each of its first six games, becoming the first Crimson student-athlete to do so since Hannah Peltjo '04 led the team in six straight contests to open the 2002-03 campaign. Peltjo went on to average 21.3 ppg for the season, the fourth-highest total in program history, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Allison Feaster '98 owns the program record for consecutive games led in scoring at 17, 16 of which came to open the 1997-98 campaign. Feaster went on to lead the team in scoring in 25 of 26 games that year, averaging an Ancient Eight record 28.5 ppg en route to her third straight Ivy League Player of the Year honor.

At The Line
Christine Clark leads the nation with a perfect 19-of-19 performance at the line and has hit 39 of her last 40 attempts dating back to last season. Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, is 12-of-13 at the charity stripe this season and 29 for her last 30.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 80.0 percent at the line, the ninth-highest percentage in the NCAA this season.

Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 15-of-22 three-point attempts to start the season, more than any other two Crimson combined. Her 15 makes rank as the fifth-most through six games in program history, while her 68.2 percent clip is tops in program annals and ranks her second in the NCAA.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (47.4) and three-point percentage (44.9), and ranks 16th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and second in three-point percentage. 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 deep.

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up an Ivy League award in each of the season's first three weeks. The Crimson earned a total of five weekly honors from the conference last year split between Brogan Berry and Christine Clark, and in 2010-11 Harvard took home six awards split between Berry, Clark and Victoria Lippert.

11/12 - Temi Fagbenle, ROW
11/19 - Victoria Lippert, POW
11/26 - Christine Clark, POW

November Numbers
At 4-2, the 2012-13 Crimson has already set a program record for most victories in the month of November and can push that mark to five with a triumph over New Hampshire on Wednesday. Harvard last posted five wins in a single month during the 2010-11 season, registering six in January and five in February.

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 104 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09, the second longest streak in program history. The record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer stands at 172, a streak which began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.

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
      Victora Lippert '13 1,169
--   Christine Clark '14 910

Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 141

Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
3. Brogan Berry '12 395
4. Tammy Butler '95 301
5. Christine Clark '14 237

Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
4. Reka Cserny '05 122
5. Tammy Butler '95 78
6. Miriam Rutzen '13 73

Club 1,000
Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 12th in program history with 1,169 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 910 points through two-plus seasons.

Including this year, Harvard has had at least one 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.

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 14-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 21-4 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Harvard shot 50.9 percent against BYU and 50.0 percent at Holy Cross, marking the first time the Crimson has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in back-to-back games since Feb. 4-5, 2011 against Princeton and Penn. Harvard last shot 50.0 percent or better in three straight games Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2004 against Columbia, Penn and Princeton.

Lights-Out Lippert
Senior Victoria Lippert was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after registering a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in the Crimson's win over BYU. Her greatest contribution came late with the game on the line, scoring five points in the final 1:01 to secure the victory.

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 was 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.

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert combined for two double-doubles through the team's first three games. It took the Crimson six games to record its first double-double last season while its second didn't come until game 12.

Fagbenle became 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 was 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.

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 BlogTalkRadio.com with every episode available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.     

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 shop.ivyleaguesports.com.

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