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Delaney-Smith Gets 500th Win as Women’s Basketball Downs Colgate, 91-76

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HAMILTON, N.Y. – Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith earned her 500th win as Harvard women's basketball (5-1) upended Colgate, 91-76, at Cotterell Court Saturday evening.

Delaney-Smith joins a group of 28 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. She is also one of six active Division I head coaches to spend 31-plus years at one institution. 

Senior captain Christine Clark led Harvard with 21 points, adding three assists and two steals. Junior forward Erin McDonnell set a new career high with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a 4-of-5 effort from behind the arc. Junior Temi Fagbenle (16 points, eight rebounds) and senior Jasmine Evans rounded out a Harvard quartet of double-figure scorers.

Lauryn Kobiela of Colgate (1-3) paced all scorers with 27 points.

Harvard shot 51.6 percent for the game and a blistering 65.5 percent from the field in the first half. The Crimson made 9-of-14 (.643) shots from behind the arc over the first 20 minutes. Harvard also shared the ball, assisting on 13 of its 19 baskets for the first half and 20 of 32 for the game.

McDonnell wasted no time getting on the board, scoring eight of the first 10 Harvard points and leading the Crimson to a 10-3 advantage just over three minutes into the game. The two squads traded baskets before an 8-2 spurt pulled the Raiders within two, 19-17. The Crimson was able to balloon its lead to 15 points, 38-23, with a 14-2 spurt that started with a trey by Evans and ended with a turnaround jumper by Fagbenle at the 6:44 mark. Harvard was able to maintain its lead from there and went into the break with a 49-36 lead.

Harvard posted seven of the first nine points to open the second half, pushing its lead to 18 points, 56-38. At 14:05, Fagbenle converted a lay-up to push Harvard's advantage to 20, 67-47. The Crimson lead would get as large as 23 at the 8:07 mark. Colgate narrowed the margin to 12 points with just under two minutes to play, but Harvard would not relent, coming away with the 15-point victory. 

The Crimson has a quick turnaround, playing at Northeastern on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: The 91 points marked the first time since Dec. 10, 2010 that the Crimson has reached the 90-plus plateau. Erin McDonnell broke her career high with 19 points and four triples. The Crimson shot over 50.0 percent for the second time this season. Harvard hit the most treys (12) Nov. 9, 2012 when it matched that number. With 21 points, Christine Clark holds the No. 8 all-time on the Harvard scoring list with 1,380 career points. She has scored 20-plus in 18 contests and five times this season. The senior scored in double-figures for the 78th time in her career and fifth time this season. Temi Fagbenle paced the Crimson in rebounding for the second-straight game with eight boards. Elise Gordon grabbed a career high three thefts. Harvard went with the starting lineup of Curtis, Clark, Mullins, Fagbenle and McDonnell for the sixth-straight game.