Clark and Dinkins will serve as captains for the 2013-14 season (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising senior Christine Clark and rising junior Kaitlyn Dinkins were named captains for the 2013-14 season last night as the Harvard women's basketball team held its annual year-end banquet at The Harvard Faculty Club.
Clark, a three-year starter and two-time All-Ivy League first team selection, already ranks 11th in program history with 1,265 points and has started all 88 games for the Crimson over the past three years. This season she finished second in the Ivy League in scoring (15.6) and field goal percentage (47.3), third in free throw percentage (84.6), ninth in assists (2.3) and was 12th in rebounding (5.1). She scored 20-plus points seven times while being named the Ancient Eight's player of the week four times, and boasts 14 20-point performances for her career.
Dinkins has appeared in just 12 games for the Crimson in two seasons but her value to the team is reflected in her teammates also voting her as the recipient of The Robin L. Mitchell Harvard Pride Award. This award is given annually to the player who displays exceptional sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and dedication to the team, while exemplifying what it means to wear the Harvard jersey by always putting the team first and by contributing to the Harvard community both on and off the court.
Dinkins is the first junior to be elected team captain since Christine Matera '11 and Claire Wheeler '11 in 2009-10 and is just the 15th junior in program history to have the honor bestowed upon her.
The Crimson also handed out its other major awards Wednesday night with Erin McDonnell receiving the team's Most Improved Player Award. McDonnell appeared in 29 games this season after seeing action in just 10 contests as a freshman, averaging 2.6 ppg and 1.8 rpg off the bench. The rising junior netted a career-high nine points on 4-of-8 shooting at Princeton Feb. 16 and grabbed a personal-best seven rebounds versus Columbia March 12. Additionally, McDonnell scored at least six points in six of the team's final 11 contests after having done so only once in her previous 18 appearances.
The Best Defender Award went to senior Elle Hagedorn who led the team with 1.3 steals per game. Hagedorn registered a career-high 36 steals overall in 27 games played, and also turned in a personal best 10 blocked shots and 3.7 rpg. The Ambler, Pa., native was routinely called upon to guard the opponent's top scoring threat and was on the court in every late game situation.
Senior Victoria Lippert, a first team All-Ivy League selection, was named the team's Most Valuable Player after turning in career-highs nearly across the board. Lippert finished the season ranked first in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (89.0), sixth in scoring (13.7), sixth in three-point percentage (37.5) and 10th in field goal percentage (42.3). She capped her career off as the sixth leading scorer in program history with 1,520 points, while her 185 career three-pointers are second most all-time. Additionally, Lippert leads the Crimson in career games played (117) and is fourth in career field goals (568).