Women's Basketball Looks to Remain Unbeaten at Home vs. Cornell

Women's Basketball Looks to Remain Unbeaten at Home vs. Cornell

The Crimson will put its 8-game home winning streak on the line this weekend (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will host Cornell Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. as the 14 Game Tournament continues.

A live video stream will be available for Sunday's game through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call. Live stats will also be available for the game.

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.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's basketball team outscored Brown 51-30 over the final 28:08 to overcome an 11-point first half deficit and earn a 68-58 win at Brown Saturday evening.

The comeback started at the defensive end where Harvard forced 14 turnovers and held Brown to 9-of-36 shooting during its run. The Crimson, meanwhile shot 17-of-29 with just 10 turnovers.

Christine Clark scored 19 points with six rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead Harvard. Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert each turned in 14 points while grabbing nine rebounds and eight rebounds, respectively. Fagbenle controlled the post for the second night in a row, shooting 5-of-7 to go along with three blocks and four steals.

Getting off on the Right Foot
The Crimson enters the weekend 3-1 in Ivy League play, marking the third straight year Harvard has begun 3-1 or better in conference play.


  • Harvard has held 5 of its last 6 opponents to fewer than 60 points and is allowing just 58.5 ppg during this stretch.
  • Temi Fagbenle has led Harvard in rebounding in 8 of the last 9 games, averaging 8.8 rpg during this stretch.
  • Harvard earned its first weekend sweep at Yale and Brown last week since 2009-10.
  • The Crimson is a perfect 5-0 at home this season and has won eight straight games at Lavietes Pavilion dating back to last year.
  • Harvard has outrebounded its opponents in six straight games and has held a double-digit rebounding advantage four times during this stretch.

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.

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up 14 of the Ivy League's 26 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's 14 awards this season is a new program high, surpassing the previous mark of 13 set during 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
Jan. 14 – Christine Clark, POW
Jan. 28 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
Feb. 4 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW

Fabulous Fagbenle
Sophomore Temi Fagbenle earned her seventh Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor on Feb. 4, the fifth highest total in conference history. Fagbenle's seven honors also ties her with Hana Peljto '04 for second most in Crimson history, behind only the nine awards taken home by Allison Feater '98 in 1995.

Fagbenle has won a total of nine weekly awards from the Ancient Eight on the season after having also been named player of the week twice. She is the first student-athlete to sweep the weekly awards twice in the same season since Penn's Alyssa Baron in 2010-11.

Comeback Kids
Harvard has won three games this season when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a 35-33 halftime deficit to earn a 68-58 win at Brown.

20 or Bust
Christine Clark scored 20-plus points in three straight games from Jan. 6 - 26, averaging 21.3 ppg during this stretch. Victoria Lippert was the last Crimson to accomplish the feat, averaging 24.0 ppg over four games in February of 2010.

Junior Christine Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 14 for the second straight week and the third time this season after scoring a game-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting with a team-best seven rebounds against Dartmouth. Clark now boasts six career player of the week honors, tying her with former Crimson Tammy Butler '95 and Emma Markley '11 for 10th place on the Ivy League's all-time player of the week list.
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 15th in program history with 1,097 points.

Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in seventh place in program history with 1,326 points.

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.

Block Party
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 87 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in 13 of the 16 games she has played and has registered multiple blocks seven times. For her career, Rutzen has 20 multi-block performances.

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 20-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 28-6 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 5-0 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 7-4 in true road games this season and 7-6 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 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.

You Can Count on Clark
Junior Christine Clark has started all 76 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 64 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and 11 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" moved to one episode per week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning on Jan. 30, after running a two-man weave with shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the first three months of the season. 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.