Women's Basketball Welcomes UMass to Lavietes Pavilion Wednesday

Women's Basketball Welcomes UMass to Lavietes Pavilion Wednesday

The Crimson has won six straight games at Lavietes Pavilion and is 3-0 this season (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will ring in the New Year against UMass Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Lavietes Pavilion at 7 p.m. Harvard trails in the all-time series, 12-6, but has won five straight contests against the Minutewomen including a 68-47 victory last season in Amherst, Mass.

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Last Time Out
Victoria Lippert led a quartet of Crimson in double-figures but the scoring output was not enough as the Harvard women's basketball team suffered its third straight loss, 88-73, Sunday afternoon against Southern Methodist in the consolation game of the San Diego Surf 'N Slam Classic.

Lippert finished the day with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range. Temi Fagbenle added 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, while Ali Curtis totaled a career-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go along with four assists. Christine Clark, meanwhile, added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Harvard shot 49.2 percent (30-61) on the day but committed 20 turnovers which led to 30 points for the Mustangs. SMU connected on 48.4 percent (30-62) of its attempts from the floor and was 20-of-26 from the free throw line. Keena Mays scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Mustangs as Alisha Filmore chipped in 22.

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Club 1,000
Junior Christine Clark has scored 988 career points and needs just 12 more to become the 18th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club. Should Clark reach the milestone Wednesday in her 71st career game she would become the fastest Crimson to reach 1,000 points since Reka Cserny '05 did so in her 60th career appearance.

Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and currently ranks 11th in program history with 1,257 points. Lippert needs just six more points to enter the Crimson's all-time top 10.

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 has been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle earned Ivy League Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31, marking the second time this season she has swept the conference's weekly awards. Fagbenle has now won six Ivy League honors on the year, twice being named player of the week and earning rookie of the week four times.

Fagbenle is the first Crimson to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Week 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. She is also the first student-athlete to sweep the weekly awards twice in the same season since Penn's Alyssa Baron in 2010-11.

Harvard has moved up to No. 23 in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25. Harvard debuted in the poll Dec. 4 at No. 25, marking the program's first appearance in the poll. Three of Harvard's 2012-13 opponents are also featured in the rankings, including No. 13 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 7 Princeton and No. 14 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT).

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up nine of the conference's 16 weekly awards handed out this season and has won at least one award each week it has competed. 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. 12Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Nov. 19 –
Victoria Lippert, POW
Nov. 26 –
Christine Clark, POW
Dec. 3 –
Victoria Lippert, POW
Dec. 10 –
Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Dec. 17 –
Temi Fagbenle, POW & ROW
Dec. 31
Temi Fagbenle, POW & ROW

Senior co-captain Emma Golen has connected on 24-of-43 three-point attempts and currently ranks first in the NCAA in three-point percentage (55.8%).

Sharp Shooting
Harvard leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (44.6) and three-point percentage (41.8), and is 25th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and third 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.

At The Line
Christine Clark opened the year going 28-of-28 at the line and had a streak of 30 consecutive makes at the charity stripe dating back to last season, surpassing her previous career best of 29 straight successful free-throw attempts. Victoria Lippert, meanwhile, is 24-of-26 at the charity stripe this season and has made 40 for her last 42 attempts.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 75.9 percent at the line and is ranked 18th in the NCAA.

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert have combined for four double-doubles through the team's first 12 games. It took the Crimson six games to record its first double-double last season and the team didn't register its fourth until game 17.

Fagbenle has posted three double-doubles in her rookie campaign, most recently notching 18 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14/13 Oklahoma State. Fagbenle 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 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.

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
9.   Emma Markley '11 1,285
10. Emily Tay '09 1,263
11. Victora Lippert '13 1,257
--   Christine Clark '14 988

Career Field Goals
1. Allison Feaster '98 771
6. Sharon Hayes '88 511
7. Sarah Duncan '89 481
8. Victoria Lippert '13 472

Career 3-Point Field Goals
1. Erin Maher '92 245
2. Christine Matera '10 170
3. Victoria Lippert '13 155

Career Free Throws Made
1. Allison Feaster '97 475
3. Brogan Berry '12 395
4. Tammy Butler '95 301
5. Christine Clark '14 256

Career Blocked Shots
1. Sarah Duncan '88 279
3. Emma Markley '11 190
4. Reka Cserny '05 122
5. Miriam Rutzen '13 83

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 99

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 110 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.

Block Party
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 83 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in 10 of Harvard's 12 games this season and has registered multiple blocks six times. For her career, Rutzen has 19 multi-block performances.

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 16-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 24-5 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 3-0 at home in 2012-13 and 57-17 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.

Road Tripping
Harvard is 4-5 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.

What a Start
Harvard's 7-3 record to start the season ranks as the second-best record through 10 games in program history. The Crimson has gone 8-2 three times, most recently in 1997-98 en route to a 23-5 overall record and an Ivy League title. Both the 1976-77 and 1987-88 squads also went 8-2 to begin the year with the 1987-88 team also capturing an Ancient Eight crown.

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.

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 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 led 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.

You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 70 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 59 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and nine games in which she has scored more than 20 points.

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 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.