Women's Basketball Travels to Rhode Island Sunday

Women's Basketball Travels to Rhode Island Sunday

The Crimson will look to knock off URI for the fourth straight time Sunday (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will travel to Kingston, R.I., on Sunday, Jan. 6 for a 2 p.m. showdown with the Rhode Island Rams. The Crimson will be looking for its ninth non-conference win of the season and its fourth straight against URI.

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  • Christine Clark became the 18th member of @HarvardHoops' 1,000-point club Wednesday and was the fastest to do so since Reka Cserny '05
  • Victoria Lippert moved into 10th place on @HarvardHoops' career scoring list Wednesday and enters play Sunday boasting 1,274 career points
  • .@TemiFagbenle has led @HarvardHoops in rebounding each of the last 4 games and has averaged 9.5 rpg over that time #OwnTheBoards
  • A win Sunday would imrpove @HarvardHoops to 9-5, its 3rd best non-conference record all-time under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith
  • .@HarvardHoops' 26-point win over UMass Wednesday was the team's largest margin of victory since beating Columbia by 31 on Feb. 19, 2011
  • .@HarvardHoops currently ranks 3rd in the NCAA in 3-pt percentage (41%), 15th in FT percentage (76%) & 21st in FG percentage (45%)
  • .@HarvardHoops is currently ranked No. 22 in the @CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 and has been ranked for 4 straight weeks

Last Time Out
Christine Clark became Harvard's 18th member of the 1,000-point club with 19 points Wednesday night to help the Harvard women's basketball team cruise to an 85-59 win over Massachusetts at Lavietes Pavilion.

The junior went 7-of-15 from the floor as the Crimson improved on its Ivy League leading field goal percentage with a 33-of-64 (51.6%) performance. Harvard also went 6-of-17 from behind the three-point stripe, including makes from five different players, and 13-of-16 from the free-throw line.  

Clark was one of four Harvard (8-5) players in double figures along with Victoria Lippert (17 points), Elise Gordon (14) and reigning Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week Temi Fagbenle (12).

Fagbenle grabbed six rebounds to lead a group of nine Crimson players with multiple boards, as Harvard controlled the glass, 39-28, en route to a 17-6 advantage in second-chance points. The Crimson also forced 23 UMass turnovers that it converted into 26 points.

Non-Conference Nonsense
A win on Sunday would improve the Crimson to 9-5 in non-conference play, making the program's third best non-conference record under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and the fifth best non-conference record all-time. Harvard has earned 11 out-of-league victories twice under Delaney-Smith, turning in an 11-3 record in 1997-98 and going 11-4 in 1985-86. The 1976-77 squad owns the program record for non-conference wins at 13-4 while the 1978-79 Crimson went 12-9 away from the Ivy League.

Harvard has now posted at least eight non-conference wins in five straight seasons.

  • Temi Fagbenle has led Harvard in rebounding in four straight games and is averaging 9.5 rpg over during this stretch.
  • Temi Fagbenle has also scored at least 12 points in five straight games for the Crimson for an average of 15.0 ppg in that time.
  • A member of the Crimson has set a new career-high for points in each of the team's last three games; Temi Fagbenle (18 pts. vs. No. 14/13 Oklahoma State), Ali Curtis (12 pts. vs. SMU), Elise Gordon (14 pts. vs. UMass).
  • Harvard has won its final game before starting conference play in each of the last four seasons.
  • The Crimson has won at least eight non-conference games in each of the last five seasons.

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Club 1,000
Junior Christine Clark became the 18th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club on Jan. 2 as she scored 19 points against UMass. Clark reached the milestone in just her 71st career game, making her 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 10th in program history with 1,274 points. Lippert needs just 11 more points to move past Emma Markley '11 into ninth place.

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.

Margin of Victory
Harvard registered an 85-59 win over UMass on Jan. 2, marking the program's largest margin of victory (+26) since defeating Columbia by 31 points on Feb. 19, 2011, 77-46.

They're On Fire
Harvard shot 51.6 percent from the field against UMass, marking the fourth time this season that Harvard has shot at least 50.0 percent from the floor. The Crimson has also shot above 50.0 percent from three-point range four times this season, most recently turning in a 58.3 percent performance from deep against Providence.

Last season, the Crimson turned in only two performances of shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field and failed to shoot 50.0 percent or better from deep a single time.

The Crimson shot better than 50.0 percent from the floor in back-to-back games against Holy Cross (50.9%) and BYU (50.0), marking the first time Harvard has accomplished the feat 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.

Harvard has moved up to No. 22 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. 8 Princeton and No. 10 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT).

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.

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

Sharp Shooting
Harvard leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (45.2) and three-point percentage (41.2), and ranks 21st 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 27-of-30 at the charity stripe this season and has made 43 for her last 46 attempts.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 76.4 percent at the line and is ranked 15th in the NCAA.

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert have combined for four double-doubles through the team's first 13 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.

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 111 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 the 12 games she has played and has registered multiple blocks six times. For her career, Rutzen has 19 multi-block performances.

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.

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 17-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 24-5 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 4-0 at home in 2012-13 and 58-17 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.

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.

You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 71 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 60 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.