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Women's Basketball Puts Three-Game Winning Streak on the Line vs. Providence

The Crimson is seeking to remain unbeaten at home Tuesday against Providence (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will put its three-game winning streak on the line when it hosts Providence on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. A win would improve the Crimson to 3-0 at home to begin the season for the first time since the 2009-10 squad opened the year with 11 straight victories en route to a 12-1 record at Lavietes.

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.

Tweetables
Below are 140 character or less notes on the Harvard women's basketball team, perfect for sharing with your followers on Twitter. Follow @HarvardCrimson for all the latest news and notes on your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams or use the hashtag #GoCrimson to see what fans are saying about Crimson athletics.

  • .@HarvardHoops is 6-2 to open the season for just the 4th time in program history and is seeking its 3rd straight win at home vs. Providence
  • A win Tuesday vs. Providence would improve @HarvardHoops to 3-0 at home for the 1st time since the 2009-10 team went 12-1 at Lavietes
  • .@HarvardHoops currently ranks 3rd in the NCAA in FT percentage (81%), 6th in 3-pt percentage (43%) & is 25th in FG percentage (45)
  • .@imEMMAude leads the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (68%) and has gone19-of-28 from deep on the year #MaudeCantMiss
  • Christine Clark is a perfect 28-28 at the line & leads the NCAA in FT percentage. Clark is 48-49 from the line dating back to last year
  • Victoria Lippert was named the @Ivy_Athletics POW on Monday, her 2nd award of the season and @HarvardHoops' 4th weekly award of the year
  • .@HarvardHoops has made at least 1 3-pointer in 106 straight games, the 2nd longest streak in program history

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's basketball team went wire-to-wire with Hofstra for the second straight year and for the second time in a row the Crimson came away victorious, defeating the Pride 70-67 in overtime Saturday afternoon on its home court.

Victoria Lippert scored 21 points for the second straight game including seven in the extra session. The senior ended the game shooting 7-of-14 from the floor, 3-of-7 from three and 4-of-4 from the line for her 13th career 20-point performance. Christine Clark added 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and three blocks as Emma Golen notched 11 points while going 3-of-4 from three.

The Crimson shot 41.5 percent for the game against Hofstra's 36.2 percent, and held a 46-44 edge over the Pride on the glass.

Top Plays
GoCrimson.com introduced a new video feature to its lineup for the 2012-13 season, "Top Plays of the Month," counting down the greatest moments from your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams from the previous calendar month. Use the hashtag #CrimsonTop10 to nominate your favorite plays for inclusion.

What a Start
Harvard's 6-2 record to start the season ranks as the second-best record through eight games in program history. The Crimson went 7-1 to begin both the 1987-88 and 1997-98 campaigns, and turned in a 6-2 record at the start of the 1976-77 season. The 1997-98 squad is the only team in program history to go 8-1 through nine games while both the 1976-77 and 1987-88 teams went 7-2.

Lights-Out Lippert
Senior Victoria Lippert was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Dec. 3 for the second time this season after averaging 21.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Crimson. Lippert tallied 21 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead Harvard past New Hampshire on Wednesday then turned in 21 points at Hofstra on Saturday with seven coming in overtime.

Lippert was also 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.

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.

2012-13 Ivy League Honors
Nov. 12 –
Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Nov. 19 – Victoria Lippert, POW
Nov. 26 – Christine Clark, POW
Dec. 3 – Victoria Lippert, POW

#MaudeCantMiss
Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 19-of-28 three-point attempts to start the season and ranks first in the NCAA in three-point percentage (67.9%). Golen's 19 makes are the fifth most through eight games in program history while her three-point percentage ranks No. 1.

At The Line
Christine Clark leads the nation with a perfect 28-of-28 performance at the line and has hit 48 of her last 49 attempts dating back to last season. Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, is 20-of-21 at the charity stripe this season and 37 for her last 38.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 80.9 percent at the line and ranks third in the NCAA.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard currently leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (45.4) and three-point percentage (42.5), and enters the week ranked 25th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and sixth 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.

D-Fence
Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 15-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 23-4 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 2-0 at home in 2012-13 and 56-17 in Lavietes Pavilion over the last seven seasons. This includes a near-perfect 12-1 campaign in 2009-10 which included 11 straight victories at home to begin the year.

Just Like Home
Harvard is 4-2 on the road this season and last year posted a 9-7 record away from Lavietes Pavilion, marking the program's first winning road record since 2008-09.

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 106 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
10. Emily Tay '09 1,263
11. Sarah Duncan '89 1,228
12. Victora Lippert '13 1,211
--   Christine Clark '14 937

Career Field Goals
1. Allison Feaster '98 771
7. Sarah Duncan '89 481
8. Brogan Berry '12 468
9. Victoria Lippert '13 455

Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 147

Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
3. Brogan Berry '12 395
4. Tammy Butler '95 301
5. Christine Clark '14 246

Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
4. Reka Cserny '05 122
5. Tammy Butler '95 78
6. Miriam Rutzen '13 76

Career Games Played
1.   Brogan Berry '12 116
10. Beth Chandler '88-89 101
      Sharon Hayes '88 101
      Nancy Cibotti '88 101
--    Victoria Lippert '13 95

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 1,211 points. Junior Christine Clark is on pace to become the next Crimson to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau as she has recorded 937 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.

Balling
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.

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.

Block Party
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks sixth in program history with 76 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in six of Harvard's eight games this season.

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 Tuesdays 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.