CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's basketball team will welcome five student-athletes from the Class of 2017 to the program this fall, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith has announced. The class, which consists of two guards and three forwards, has won a combined seven conference championships, a state championship, a Nike Nationals championship and has garnered seven all-state and nine all-conference accolades from five different states.
Harvard, which reached the WNIT second round for the second year in a row while making its fourth appearance in the tournament in five years, posted its tenth 20-win season in program history last season. The Crimson also recorded a perfect 11-0 record at home in 2012-13.
The Class of 2017
Gisele Bailey, 6-3, Forward, Matthews, N.C.
Three-time captain, four-year letterwinner ... Holds Charlotte Christian's all-time scoring record with 1,900-plus career points passing former NBA player Todd Fuller and current NBA Player Stephen Curry ... Helped Charlotte Christian to a runner-up finish in the NCISAA state tournament as a sophomore .... Led Charlotte Christian to the Freedom Christmas Tournament title in 2010 ... Four-time All-State and all-conference selection ... Four-time team MVP ... Named MVP of the Freedom Christmas tournament as a sophomore ... As a senior and junior named to the all-tournament team for the Landairs' Ladies Classic ... Recipient of the Bobby Jones Athlete of the Year Award in 2012 ... Charlotte Observer All-Observer first team selection as a senior ... Charlotte Observer All-Observer second team selection as s a junior ... Recipient of the AP Scholar award as a senior ... Summa Cum Lauda ... President of Health Careers club ... Volunteer at The Extended Day Program ... Member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith on Bailey
"Gigi will bring much needed size and power to our inside game. She has great touch around the basket and combined with her size, she has the ability to impact on both ends of the floor."
Taylor Finley, 5-11, Guard, Edina, Minn.
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner ... Led Providence Academy to a state championship as a junior ... Helped Providence Academy to three consecutive Tri-Metro Conference championships, sub-section championship and section championships ... Aided Providence Academy to back-to-back MCAA conference championships as a sophomore and freshman ... Named to the All-State tournament team as a senior and junior ... Two-time All-State, All-Section and Tri-Metro All-Conference selection ... Three-time MCAA All-Conference selection ... Named to the Director's and Headmaster's List twice ... House leader as a senior ... Volunteered at the Special Olympics of Minnesota ... Todd Park Camp Counselor ... Member of the Friends in Transition Club ... Her brother, Joe, played hockey at the University of North Dakota, and is currently a member of the New York Islanders ... Her sister, Kelly Rae, played basketball at Northwestern University and Colorado State University, and is a former assistant coach for the Crimson.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith on Finley
"Taylor is a tall, athletic guard with a deadly three point shot. Being the daughter of one Minnesota's most successful high school and AAU coaches she brings a very high court IQ and feel for the game."
Margaret Hartman, 6-2, Forward, Woodstock, Ga.
Three-time captain, three-year letterwinner ... Holds Sequoyah's record in career blocks, blocks in a season (87), rebounds in a game (23), and blocks in a game (7) ... Named team MVP as a junior ... Recipient of the team's defensive award as a senior, most improved player and coaches award as a sophomore ... In 2013, named to the Region 7-5 AAAA second team ... Wingslinger Bash All-Tournament team selection as a junior ... All-County honorable mention as a sophomore ... Two-time Cherokee Tribune All-County first team selection ... Cherokee Ledger All-County first team selection as a senior ... Three-time team academic award winner ... Wendy's Heisman State Finalist ... Governor's Honor Program State Finalist ... Superintendent's Key Scholar ... AP Scholar with Honors ... National Spanish Exam Gold Level recognition ... National Merit Scholar ... Member of the Beta Club, Student Government, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life Member ... Volunteer at Emeritus Senior Living, Homestretch Organization, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Teens for Jeans and St. Francis Table Soup Kitchen.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith on Hartman
"Maggie will bring height, mobility and a tremendous work ethic to Harvard. She is versatile on both ends of the floor and we are very excited about her potential."
Grace Keane, 5-10, Guard, Leawood, Kan.
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner ... Led Notre Dame de Sion to three consecutive district championships ... Named to the MBCA first team All-State as a senior ... Named to the U.S. Junior National All-Tournament Team as a junior ... Two-time All-District selection ... In 2013, named All-Metro ... AP All-State selection as a junior ... Hyvee Missouir All-Star ... Member of Notre Dame de Sion's 1,000-point club ... Also a four-year letterwinner in golf and captained the team as a senior ... Led the golf team to back-to-back district championships ... Helped the golf team to a third-place finish at the state tournament ... National Merit Finalist ... Valedictorian ... Top 100 Missouri Scholar ... AP Scholar ... President of the SADD club and Calculus club ... Member of the Spanish club and Student Ambassadors ... Special Olympics Volunteer ... Her sister, Alexandra, played basketball at Washington University.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith on Keane
"Grace is a versatile guard who has continued to get better each year. She is athletic and smart, and has the potential to dominate early in her career, especially on the offensive end."
Destiny Nunley, 6-0, Forward, North Richland Hill, Texas
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner ... Led her club team, Cy-Fair, to a Nike Nationals championship as a junior ... Helped Cy-Fair to a bi-district championship in 2013 ... Also aided Cy-Fair to the Battle of the Bayou championship and Boo Williams championship as a freshman ... Named 5A District MVP as a senior ... Named Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year as a freshman ... In 2009, led 5A in rebounds and blocked shots ... Three-time All-District selection ... TABC All-Region North Texas selection in 2013 ... Showboat Classic All-Star game MVP as a senior ... In 2013, Named Fort Worth Region Super Team Player ... Four-time Academic All-District selection ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith on Nunley
"Destiny may be one of the most athletic players to wear a Harvard uniform. She is a shot blocker, rebounder and a defensive stopper. Her accomplishments thus far are only the tip of the iceberg."