Harvard women's basketball opens its 40th season of Ivy League play Saturday, as the squad travels to Hanover, N.H., for a 2 p.m. matchup with Dartmouth. The game will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Live stats and audio will also be provided by the Big Green.
Junior forward Temi Fagbenle posted her fifth-straight double-double, but it would not be enough as Harvard women's basketball fell at Fordham, 64-44, Dec. 30 at Rose Hill Gym. With 11 points and 12 rebounds, Fagbenle currently owns the longest streak of double-doubles since Hana Peljto in 2003-04 (nine). For her efforts, the junior was named to the Fordham Holiday Classic all-tournament team.
2013-14 RECORD: 2-11, 0-0 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 41-32
LAST MEETING: L, 45-58 (Jan. 26, 2013)
LAST WIN: W, 88-66 (Jan. 12, 2013)
• Dartmouth is off to a 2-11 start despite possessing the Ivy League's leading scorer in freshman guard Fanni Szabo (18.2 points per game). Saturday, sophomore Lakin Roland posted her third double-double of the season, but it would not be enough as Dartmouth fell to Hartford, 56-43.
• In addition to her 18.2 points per game, Szabo pulls down 3.6 rebounds and dishes out 2.3 assists, while Roland averages 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. Tia Dawson paces Dartmouth on the glass, pulling down 6.6 boards per game.
• First year head coach Belle Koclanes arrived at Dartmouth after a two-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at American University in Washington, D.C. A three-year captain for Richmond, Koclanes started her career as the director of operations and Columbia and also spend four years at Penn from 2004-08.
• Harvard leads the all-time series with Dartmouth by a 41-32 margin. The Crimson had won six-straight before dropping a 58-45 decision in Hanover last year. Over the last 10 meetings, the Crimson owns a slim 6-4 advantage. In the last meeting on Jan. 26, Christine Clark finished with 22 points and Harvard cut a 13-point deficit to six late in the second half, but the Crimson could not complete the comeback. In the previous meeting two weeks earlier, Christine Clark and Victoria Lippert combined for 41 points to lead the squad to an 88-66 victory.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 32nd season at the helm of the Crimson, earned her 500th win at Colgate Nov. 23, joining 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.
The winningest coach in Ivy League women's basketball history with 504 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. Delaney-Smith is also closing in on 300 career wins in the conference with 295 victories against the Ivy League.
Heading to 600
As a program, Harvard is closing in on its 600th win, standing at 595-436 all-time in its 40th season. Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith has accounted for 504 of those wins over 31-plus seasons.
Averaging 13.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, Temi Fagbenle has already recorded seven double-doubles through 13 games this season (including five-straight), matching her number from a year ago. Emma Markley '11 was the last to total seven during the 2009-10 season. Fagbenle owns the longest consecutive streak of double-doubles since Hana Peljto in 2003-04 (nine). The London native ranks 23rd nationally in double-doubles.
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.
Shooting up the scoring list, Christine Clark sits at No. 8 in program history with 1,430 points over her three-plus year career. She needs 28 points to tie 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.
Ancient Eight Accolades
Two Crimson student-athletes have earned three Ivy League Player of the Week accolades thus far this season.
Christine Clark earned the honor after pacing the Crimson with 21.0 points per game for the week ending Nov. 18. Temi Fagbenle was tabbed player of the week for Nov. 25 and Dec. 8 after averaging a double-double in both weeks.
Clark now owns eight conference weekly honors for her career, which stands good for seventh in Ancient Eight history. After tying for the most Ivy Rookie of the Week honors a season ago, Fagbenle has been selected for best player over a seven-day stretch four times.
Just Keep Winning
Harvard owns a home-win streak of 18 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.
Better and Better
Through 13 games this season, nine Crimson student-athletes have matched or bested their career highs in points and/or rebounds. The athletes include: Christine Clark (28 points), Erin McDonnell (19 points, 9 rebounds), Temi Fagbenle (15 rebounds), Ali Curtis (16 points, 5 rebounds), AnnMarie Healy (13 points), Jasmine Evans (17 points, 13 rebounds), Melissa Mullins (12 rebounds), Shilpa Tummala (14 points), Kit Metoyer (6 points) and Taylor Finley (six points).
The Crimson was 6-1 in the month of November, setting a new program record for wins before December. Last season, Harvard won five of seven games, which had been a program best.
You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has started 97-straight games that she has appeared in over the last three-plus years. Clark ranks first in the Ivy League in most career games started and tied for 23rd in the NCAA.
Clark has scored in double-digits 81 times. This includes a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances (March 5, 2011-Feb. 4, 2012) and 18 games in which she has scored at least 20 (last at Northeastern). Clark has posted 20-plus points in six games in 2013-14.
The 60-41 win over Hofstra served as part of a doubleheader, as the men's team downed Vermont, 74-68. It marked the third-straight year Harvard has played a men's and women's doubleheader. Last year, the women defeated BYU (71-65) and the men downed Manhattan (79-45). Prior to 2011-12 the last time Harvard played a men's and women's doubleheader was January 5, 2008 when the women lost to Dartmouth, 52-47, before the men took down the Big Green, 82-56. Harvard owns a 5-1 record when playing at Lavietes in the same day.
You're in Good Hands
Junior captain Kaitlyn Dinkins has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams®. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
Dinkins has become very involved with Athletes in Action at Harvard, co-leading the group this year. Last year, the Atlanta, Ga., product was a member of the Servant team, an organization that plans events and leads a weekly, freshmen bible study.
Head of the Class
The Crimson sits atop many Ivy League categories, both as a team and individually. As a unit, Harvard holds the No. 1 spot in scoring offense (72.0) and rebounding offense (43.6). Individually, two Crimson athletes rank first in four categories: Temi Fagbenle (rebounding, 10.4, and defensive rebounds, 8.1) and Erin McDonnell (field goal percentage, .547, and three point field goal percentage, .545).
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 (6) and Shilpa Tummala (14) have all matched or bested their career highs in points and are contributing 12.3 points per game as a class.
The Crimson has won nine of its 13 non-conference matches this season. Harvard closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 9-5 record a year ago, marking 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 posted at least eight non-conference wins in six-straight seasons.
Harvard sits at 2-3 in true road games and 5-4 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson will play 17 games away from Cambridge in 2013-14. Last year, Harvard was 10-7 in true road games. It marked the most road victories for the Crimson since 2008-09 and was the second-straight year the team posted a winning record away from home.
• Harvard has won its last 18 contests at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson's last loss at home was to Princeton on Feb. 11, 2012.
• Erin McDonnell has scored in double-digits nine times this season and in seven of the last eight games (six-straight).
• Christine Clark has scored 20-plus points in six of the last nine games she has played.
• Kathy Delaney-Smith has used the same starters – Ali Curtis, Christine Clark, Temi Fagbenle, Melissa Mullins and Erin McDonnell – in 10 games this season.
• Harvard's 21 wins last season were the most since winning 22 in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
• Harvard won 10 games on the road last season, its most since winning 10 in 2008-09.
• The Crimson sits at 7-2 when leading at the half.
• Harvard has not lost (5-0) when allowing 63 points or fewer.
• When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson is 4-0 this season.
Boards on Boards
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a conference-best 10.4 boards a game, has pulled down 10-plus rebounds in eight games this season. Fagbenle has paced the Crimson in boards in seven of the last nine games and since the FIU game (Nov. 19), the junior is pulling down 11.9 rebounds per game.
Owning the Boards
Senior Melissa Mullins has paced the Crimson in rebounding in five games this season, ranking third in the Ivy League with 7.8 boards per game. The swing player has grabbed 10-plus boards three times. Harvard has had a player pull down 10-plus boards in nine games and two players tally double-digit rebounds in three contests.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, the Crimson has outrebounded its opponent nine times this year. Harvard owns a 7-2 mark when controlling the glass.
Harvard is 19-21 all-time in season openers and 16-16 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson has lost three straight season openers, including a 99-75 defeat at DePaul this year.
In 39 seasons of Ivy League play, Harvard is 22-17 in conference openers and 19-12 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
20 Times 10
At 21-9, the Crimson recorded the 10th 20-win season in program history a year ago. All 10 of the 20-win seasons have come under the guidance of Kathy Delaney-Smith with the last occurring in 2009-10.
Home Court Advantage
The Harvard men's and women's basketball teams have combined for a 99-11 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 49-7 against the Ivy League. The Crimson women are 45-7 (.865) overall and 24-4 (.857) in conference while the men hold a 54-4 (.931) overall record and are 25-3 (.892) against the Ancient Eight. The men's team's run of dominance includes a program record 28-game home win streak that lasted more than two calendar years between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012. The women have currently won 18-straight.
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 30-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 42-9 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
The Crimson overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Florida International Nov 19, its largest comeback since Dec. 6, 2009 (vs. BU). Harvard won four games a season ago when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a 32-23 halftime deficit to earn a 64-52 victory over FIU Nov. 19.
The Crimson owned a 2-1 record in overtime games last season. Harvard did not play a single overtime game in 2011-12 and had 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.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 141 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09, the second-longest streak in program history. The record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer stands at 172, a streak which began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.