Big Weekend on Tap as Women's Basketball Travels to Penn, Princeton

Big Weekend on Tap as Women's Basketball Travels to Penn, Princeton

The Crimson enters the weekend having won three straight games and sits in second place of the conference standings (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team is facing a pivitol road test this weekend as it travels to play Penn and Princeton at the midway point of the 14 Game Tournament. The Crimson will first face the Quakers Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. before doing battle with the first-place Tigers Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.

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  • .@HarvardHoops enters the weekend looking to extend its 17-game win streak vs. Penn while ending its 3-game losing streak to Princeton
  • .@HarvardHoops will face 2 of the 3 top scorers in the league this weekend in Princeton's Niveen Rasheed (16.9) & Penn's Alyssa Baron (14.0)
  • Christine Clark enters the weekend ranked 2nd in @Ivy_Athletics in scoring (16.6), 6th in assists (2.8) and 10th in rebounding (5.2)
  • Victoria Lippert scored her 500th career FG last week vs. Cornell, becoming just the 7th member of @HarvardHoops to do so
  • .@TemiFagbenle ranks 5th in @Ivy_Athletics history with 7 ROW honors, the 2nd highest total ever by a member of @HarvardHoops
  • .@HarvardHoops has won 14 of 28 weekly awards from @Ivy_Athletics this year, 1 shy of the conference record for honors in a single season

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's basketball team came away with a 69-60 overtime win versus Cornell Sunday afternoon thanks to timely free throw shooting and a strong defensive effort in the extra session. The Crimson went a combined 10-of-10 from the line in the final 1:07 of overtime and held Cornell to a 1-of-6 performance from the floor.

Victoria Lippert led the way for Harvard with 19 points, each of which came after halftime. The senior began the game shooting 0-of-4, but hit her first five shots of the second half to account for 13 of the Crimson's first 20 points. She added six more in overtime, including four from the free throw line.

Christine Clark scored 15 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds, while Temi Fagbenle added 12 points and six boards. Miriam Rutzen finished her day with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

Getting off on the Right Foot
The Crimson enters the weekend 4-1 in Ivy League play, marking the third straight year Harvard has begun 4-1 or better in the conference.


  • The Crimson has won 17 straight games against Penn and has not lost at the Palestra since 2001.
  • Harvard is winless in its last three meetings with Princeton as the Tigers ride a 29-game Ivy League win streak into the weekend.
  • Saturday's matchup with Princeton will feature the top two scorers in the league, Niveen Rasheed (16.9 ppg) and Christine Clark (16.6 ppg).
  • Harvard has held 6 of its last 7 opponents to 60 points or fewer and is allowing just 58.7 ppg during this stretch.
  • Harvard improved to 2-1 in overtime games this season with its win over Cornell and is 12-6 all-time in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
  • The Crimson notched its 10th straight win over Cornell last weekend and improved to 37-0 at home agains the Big Red.
  • The Crimson is a perfect 6-0 at home this season and has won nine straight games at Lavietes Pavilion dating back to last year.
  • Harvard has outrebounded its opponents in seven straight games and has held a double-digit rebounding advantage four times during this stretch.

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Impacting the Game
The Crimson boasts two 1,000-point scorers in its lineup whose play directly affects the outcome of games. Harvard is 10-4 this season when Christine Clark scores at least 15 points and is 7-1 when Victoria Lippert reaches the same benchmark. By comparison, Harvard is 3-2 when Clark does not score 15 points and is 6-5 in games Lippert does not score 15.

Scoring in Bunches
Christine Clark has a penchant for quick scoring outbursts and boasts 11 stretches this season in which she has scored at least six points in 2:20 or less. These outbursts have included just three three-pointers and have all come in games when Clark has scored at least 15 points.

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard has picked up 14 of the Ivy League's 28 weekly awards handed out this season and won at least one award in each of the first 11 weeks it 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.

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.

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 20-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 29-6 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson is 6-0 at home in 2012-13  and has won nine straight home games dating back to last year. Harvard boasts a 59-17 record in Lavietes since 2006-07 and went a near-perfect 12-1 during the 2009-10 campaign 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.

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.

The Crimson owns a 2-1 record in overtime games this season. Harvard did not play a single overtime game in 2011-12 and has not played multiple overtime games in the same season since 2009-10. The Crimson is 12-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and is 13-6 all-time in overtime.

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.

Block Party
Senior Miriam Rutzen, who currently ranks fifth in program history with 89 career blocks, has recorded at least one blocked shot in 14 of the 17 games she has played and has registered multiple blocks eight times. For her career, Rutzen has 21 multi-block performances.

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 117 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.

Sharp Shooting
Harvard enters the weekend ranked second in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage (44.2) and first three-point percentage (37.1), and ranks 20th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and 14th 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 41-of-45 at the line this season and has made 57 or her last 61 attempts.

Harvard is shooting an Ivy League-best 73.6 percent at the line and entered the weekend ranked 46th in the NCAA.

Lighting Up The Scoreboard
The Crimson has scored at least 80 points thiree times this season and is averaging 68.6 ppg. Harvard scored more than 80 points just twice in 2011-12 after turning in seven 80-plus point performances 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 15th in program history with 1,112 points.

Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in seventh place in program history with 1,345 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.

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.

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 77 games for the Crimson over the last three years and has scored in double-digits 65 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     

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.