Women’s Basketball Continues Homestand vs. North Dakota State
Harvard continues its three-game homestand Saturday afternoon against North Dakota State University. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
On her 21st birthday, senior captain Christine Clark led all scorers with 21 points as Harvard held on to defeat Boston University, 76-67, Wednesday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Sophomore guard Shilpa Tummala posted a career high with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Junior Temi Fagbenle and senior Jasmine Evans added 10 points apiece, while Melissa Mullins led the Crimson on the glass for the third straight game with eight boards.
Christine Clark sits at No. 8 in program history with 1,317 points over her three-plus year career. She needs 141 points to pass Brogan Berry '12, who sits at seventh all-time with 1,458 points. Clark became the 18th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club Jan. 2, 2012, 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.
Including this year, Harvard has had at least one 1,000 point scorer on the floor in five of the last six seasons. Additionally, each of Harvard's 18 1,000 point scorers has been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Scouting North Dakota State
2013-14 Record: 1-1, 0-0 Summit League
Streak: L, 1
Series History: Harvard trails, 0-1
Last Meeting: L, 72-81 (Nov. 9, 2012)
Last Win: N/A
• North Dakota State enters Saturday's contest at 1-1 overall, defeating Mayville State in its season opener before falling to Maine Thursday evening. Five Bison are posting double-figures, led by junior Brooke Lemar with 15.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the floor. Sophomore Marena Whittle is adding 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
• Tabbed eighth in The Summit League preseason poll, NDSU returned just one starter from a team that went 10-19 overall and 6-10 in league play.
• Beginning her sixth season with the Bison, head coach Carolyn DeHoff has compiled a 67-81 overall ledger, including a 46-42 mark in conference action. DeHoff came to North Dakota State from Utah, where she served as an assistant coach for five years, moving to associate head coach for her final season in 2007-08.
• Harvard dropped an 81-72 decision to NDSU a season ago, the only time the two teams have met. Five Crimson scored in double-digits, but it would not be enough as the Bison used a late second half run to pull away with the victory. Christine Clark led Harvard with 15 points, while Victoria Lippert and Temi Fagbenle added 12 points apiece.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 32nd season at the helm of the Crimson, is the winningest coach in Ivy League women's basketball history with 497 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 wins in the conference with 295 victories against the Ivy League.
Just Keep Winning
Wednesday, the Crimson extended its home winning streak to 15 games, marking the longest run since 1996-98, when the Crimson ripped off 21-straight wins at Lavietes. Harvard posted a perfect 11-0 record at home in 2012-13 and has not lost in Cambridge since Feb. 11, 2012. Before 2012-13, the last time Harvard went unbeaten at home was in 1997-98 when the team went 13-0 en route to a 23-5 overall mark.
What a Start
For the fifth time over the last six seasons, Harvard is off to a 2-1 record. Harvard's 7-3 record to start the season last year ranked 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.
Better and Better
Through three games this season, Erin McDonnell (13 points), AnnMarie Healy (13 points), Melissa Mullins (12 rebounds), Shilpa Tummala (14 points) and Taylor Finley (six points) all bested their career highs.
Temi Fagbenle posted seven double-doubles in 2012-13 and has already recorded one double-double vs. Cal Poly this season. The seven a year ago signaled 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 Saint Peter's on Nov. 17, 2000.
You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has started all 91 games for the Crimson over the last three-plus years and has scored in double-digits 75 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances (March 5, 2011-Feb. 4, 2012) and 15 games in which she has scored at least 20 (last vs. BU).
After averaging a combined 1.63 points per game in 4.6 minutes a game, the sophomore class seems to have found its stride in 2013-14. AnnMarie Healy (13), Kit Metoyer (3) and Shilpa Tummala (14) have all matched or bested their career highs in points and are contributing 16.0 points per game as a class.