Women's Basketball Hosts Dartmouth in Ivy League Opener Saturday

Women's Basketball Hosts Dartmouth in Ivy League Opener Saturday

The Crimson is seeking a program record sixth straight win over Dartmouth (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will open its 39th season of Ivy League play when it hosts Dartmouth at Lavietes Pavilion Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

A live video stream and live stats will be available through with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky and analyst Helen Williams on the call.

Ivy Openers
Harvard boasts an Ivy League record of 305-148 and is 21-17 all-time in Ancient Eight openers. Saturday's game will mark the 13th straight season that the Crimson and Big Green have met in the first game of the Ivy League schedule with Harvard holding a 7-5 edge in those contests.

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Last Time Out
Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert provided the late game heroics as the Harvard women's basketball team came back from four-point deficit to earn a 63-56 win Sunday afternoon at Rhode Island.

Lippert hit a three-pointer with just 4:14 to play to give the Crimson the lead for good and Clark added another three on the team's next possession to make it a four-point game. The two also combined to go 4-of-4 from the line in the closing seconds, sealing the victory for Harvard.

Clark finished the afternoon with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting while Lippert totaled 11 points. Temi Fagbenle narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds with Elle Hagedorn chipping in eight points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals off the bench.

In the Media
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith participated in the Ivy League's annual women's basketball media teleconference on Thursday. Click here to read the transcript of what Delaney-Smith had to say or to listen to the teleconference in its entirety.

Related Link: Delaney-Smith Takes Part in Ivy League Women's Basketball Media Teleconference

Non-Conference Nonsense
Harvard closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 9-5 record, 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.

  • The Crimson is a perfect 4-0 at home in 2012-13 and has won seven straight games at Lavietes Pavilion.
  • Harvard has won five straight games against Dartmouth and has not lost the Big Green at home since 2009.
  • Temi Fagbenle has led Harvard in rebounding in five straight games and is averaging 9.6 rpg over during this stretch.
  • Harvard has won its final game before starting conference play in each of the last five seasons.
  • The Crimson has won at least eight non-conference games in each of the last five seasons.
  • Harvard has made at least one three-pointer in 112 straight games, the second longest streak in program history.

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Harvard has dropped to No. 25 in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 after appearing as high as No. 22. 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. 14 BYU (W, 71-65), No. 8 Princeton and No. 7 Boston University (L, 68-61 OT).

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up 11 of the Ivy League's 18 weekly awards handed out this season and has won at least one award each week it has competed. The all-time record for most weekly awards won in a single season belongs to the 2009-10 Princeton squad which took home a total of 15 honors. Harvard boasts the second highest weekly award total in conference history, having garned a total of 13 awards during both the 1994-95 and 2008-09 campaings.

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
Dec. 10 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Dec. 17 – Temi Fagbenle, POW & ROW
Dec. 31 Temi Fagbenle, POW & ROW
Jan. 7 – Christine Clark, POW & Temi Fagbenle, ROW

Junior Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 7 after averaging 20.0 ppg and shooting 51.3 percent in a pair of wins for the Crimson. She became the 18th member of Harvard's 1,000-point club against UMass as she scored 19 points before turning in 21 points at Rhode Island, including nine of the team's final 16 points to secure the victory.

Clark has now earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors twice this season and five times in her career. She was also named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times during her freshman campaign.

Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Jan. 7, marking the fourth time in five weeks she has taken home the honor. Fagbenle has now won seven weekly awards from the Ancient Eight on the season, twice being named player of the week and earning rookie of the week five 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.

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. She now ranks 17th in program history with 1,028 points.

Senior Victoria Lippert became the 17th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club last year and is currently tied with Emma Markley '11 for ninth place in program history with 1,285 points. Lippert needs just 17 more points to move past Sharon Hayes '88 into eighth place and is 31 points shy of Deb Flandermeyer '93 for seventh.

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 18 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 five times this season, most recently turning in a 6-of-12 performance from deep at Rhode Island.

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.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard leads the Ivy League in both field-goal percentage (45.0) and three-point percentage (41.7), and ranks 22nd 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.

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 30-of-34 at the charity stripe this season and has made 46 for her last 50 attempts.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 75.5 percent at the line and is ranked 20th in the NCAA.

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert have combined for four double-doubles through the team's first 14 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.

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 18-1 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 25-5 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 4-0 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 5-3 in true road games this season and 5-5 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. Last year the Crimson posted a 9-7 record away from home, 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.

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 72 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 61 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.