Women's Basketball Opens WNIT Thursday at Hartford

Women's Basketball Opens WNIT Thursday at Hartford

The Crimson will battle regional foe Hartford in the first round of the WNIT (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's basketball team will make its fourth appearance in the WNIT in the the last five years when it takes to the court Thursday, March 21 at Hartford at 7 p.m.

HartfordHawks.com will provide a free live video stream while GoCrimson.com will provide a free live audio stream with play-by-play man Greg Kadetsky on the call. Live stats will also be available.

Join The Journey
GoCrimson.com has created a social media hub to allow fans to join the Crimson as it makes its run through the WNIT. The hub features game information, tweetable facts and aggregates the best Tweets from around the Web on the women's basketball team. Be sure to follow @HarvardCrimson, @HarvardHoops and tweet the hashtag #GoCrimson to join the conversation throughout the tournament.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's basketball team closed out the regular season in style last Tuesday night, defeating Columbia 71-26 to finish unbeaten at home and reach the 20-win plateau.

Harvard's victory improved the Crimson to 20-8 overall and 11-3 in the Ivy League, marking the program's 10th 20-win season under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The victory is also the Crimson's 14th straight at home, tying the team for the eighth longest home win streak in the country, and gives Harvard its first unbeaten season at home since 1997-98.

Victoria Lippert scored a game-high 14 points to go with seven rebounds and two assists. Christine Clark chipped in 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting as Elle Hagedorn contributed a season-best 10 points and four steals. Harvard combined to shoot 49.1 percent (27-55) for the game while going 9-of-19 from deep.

WNIT Bound
The Crimson has earned its second straight trip to the WNIT and its fourth in the last five years. Last season, Harvard made history as the first team in the Ivy League to win a first-round game in the tournament with a 73-71 win at Hofstra.

Harvard's senior class will be making its third appearance in the postseason, matching only the senior class of 1998 for most career postseason appearances.

Click here for more information on the Crimson in the WNIT.

Just Keep Winning
Harvard will carry a seven-game win streak into Thursday's contest, the 14th longest active streak in the NCAA and the longest for the Crimson since taking seven in a row in 2010-11. Harvard last won eight straight games in 2009-10

20 Times 10
At 20-8, the Crimson has recorded the 10th 20-win season in program history. All 10 of the 20-win seasons have come under the guidance of Kathy Delaney-Smith with the last occuring in 2009-10.

Milestone Watch
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 31st season at the helm of the Crimson, is the winningest coach in Ivy League women's basketball history with 494 career victories. She ranks second only to Princeton's legendary coach Pete Carril (514) for wins by an Ancient Eight coach on either the men's or women's side and is closing in on 300 career win in the conference with 295 victories against the Ivy League.


  • Harvard is making its second straight appearance in the WNIT and the team's fourth in five years, marking the first time Harvard will have made four postseason appearances over a five-year span.
  • The Crimson enters Thursday having won seven straight games, the 14th longest active streak in the NCAA and the team's longest since taking seven in a row in 2010-11.
  • Christine Clark, Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert were each named to the All-Ivy League teams, marking the fourth straight year that three Crimson have earned all-conference recognition.
  • The Crimson has held each of its last five opponents to 30.0 percent shooting or worse and has allowed fewer than 60 points in all five contests.
  • Harvard went a perfect 11-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season and has won 14 consecutive games at home dating back to last year.

Christine Clark, Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert were each named to the All-Ivy League teams, marking the fourth straight year that three members of the Crimson have earned all-conference honors.

Clark and Lippert were both named to the first team, becoming the 10th set of Harvard teammates to receive first team nods. Clark was also named to the first team a year ago and was an all-rookie selection in 2009-10, while Lippert earned her fourth straight All-Ivy recognition after being placed on the second team the previous three seasons. Lippert was also an all-rookie pick in 2008-09.

Fagbenle was the unanimous choice for rookie of the year on top of being named second team. She is the sixth member of the Crimson to earn the award and the fourth to do so unanimously.

Defending Home Court
The Crimson posted a perfect 11-0 record at home in 2012-13 and has won 14 straight at Lavietes Pavilion dating back to last year, the eighth longest streak in the NCAA. The last time Harvard went unbeaten at home was in 1997-98 when the team went 11-0 en route to a 23-5 overall mark.

Harvard's senior class will graduate with a 41-7 career record at Lavietes Pavilion having helped the Crimson to seven consecutive winning seasons at home.

Margin of Victory
Harvard registered a 71-26 win over Columbia on March 12, marking the program's largest margin of victory (+45) since defeating Central Connecticut State by a score of 94-47 on Dec. 3, 2003.

Shut 'Em Down
Harvard held Columbia to 26 points on March 12, marking the fewest points allowed during head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith's 31-year tenure and the fewest given up since Feb. 24, 1978 when the Crimson defeated Holy Cross, 73-19. Columbia's 20.4-percent (10-49) performance from the field, meanwhile, was the lowest shooting percentage put up by a Harvard opponent since Yale shot 17.2 percent (11-64) on Feb. 25, 2005.

And the Award Goes To...
Harvard earned 18 weekly awards from the Ivy League this season, setting a new record for most awards won in a single season. The previous mark of 15 had been set by the 2009-10 Princeton Tigers, edging out Harvard's previous best of 14 set in both 1994-95 and 2008-09.

Sophomore Temi Fagbenle took home a total of 12 Ivy League honors, including two player of the week nods. She was named rookie of the week a record 10 times, matching the totals posted by Penn's Diana Carmanico '01 and Dartmouth's Elisa Morrison '07.

Junior Christine Clark was named the conference's player of the week four times in 2012-13, the ninth-best total in Ancient Eight annals. Clark now boasts seven career player of the week awards, ranking her seventh all-time.

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
Feb. 25 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW
March 4 - Christine Clark, POW & Temi Fagbenle, ROW
March 11 – Temi Fagbenle, ROW

Sharp Shooting
Harvard enters Thursday ranked first in the Ivy League in field-goal percentage (44.1) and three-point percentage (34.5), and ranks 19th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage and 33rd 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 65-of-71 at the line this season and has made 83 or her last 89 attempts dating back to last year.

Harvard ranks first in the Ivy League at 75.8 percent at the line and entered the weekend ranked 21st in the NCAA.

Road Tripping
Harvard is 9-6 in true road games this season and 9-8 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.

Dating back to last season, the Crimson is 25-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 36-8 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

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.

Impacting the Game
The Crimson boasts two 1,000-point scorers in its lineup whose play directly affects the outcome of games. Harvard is 14-4 this season when Christine Clark scores at least 15 points and is 11-1 when Victoria Lippert reaches the same benchmark. By comparison, Harvard is just 6-4 when Clark does not score 15 points and is 9-7 in games Lippert does not score 15.

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

Double Dipping
Temi Fagbenle has posted seven double-doubles this season, the most for the Crimson since Emma Markley '11 turned in seven as a junior in 2009-10. Fagbenle's first double-double came opening weekend at North Dakota, making her the first Crimson rookie to record a double-double 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.

Harvard has posted a total of nine double-doubles with Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert each boasting one.

Owning the Boards
Temi Fagbenle has led the Crimson in rebounding in 14 of the team's last 19 games and 17 times overall. Fagbenle has averaged 8.8 rpg during this stretch and has posted double-digit rebounding totals eight times.

Cleaning the Glass
The Crimson outrebounded Columbia 46-25 on March 12, marking the team's largest rebounding margin (+21) since March 2, 2012 when it owned a 55-32 advantage on the glass in an 88-64 win over the Lions.

As a team, the Crimson has outrebounded its opponent in 22 of 28 games this season, including a stretch of 11 straight, and owns an 18-4 record when doing so.

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.

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.
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 12th in program history with 1,235 points.

Senior Victoria Lippert eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau last year and is currently in sixth place in program history with 1,486 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.

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 86 games for the Crimson over the last three-plus years and has scored in double-digits 71 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances and 13 games in which she has scored at least 20.

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.