First-Place Stronghold on the Line as Women’s Basketball Hosts Penn, Princeton
In a crucial weekend for a stronghold atop the Ivy League standings, Harvard women's basketball puts its 21-game home winning streak on the line against Penn and Princeton this weekend at Lavietes Pavilion. Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. Harvard sits atop the Ancient Eight with a conference record of 7-1, but both Penn and Princeton head to Cambridge at 6-1 and will attempt to overtake the Crimson.
The winningest coach in Ivy League women's basketball history with 512 career victories, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith 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 can tie him with two victories this weekend. Delaney-Smith also eclipsed 302 career wins in the conference with her 300th coming against Yale Feb. 8.
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 32 years at one institution.
Last Time Out
On Friday, Harvard posted the most points since 1997 to down Columbia, 99-64. Senior captain Christine Clark paced the Crimson with 21 points, while sophomore forward AnnMarie Healy registered her first career double-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. Harvard followed that performance with an 84-69 win over Cornell as senior guard Jasmine Evans registered a personal-best 21 points to lead a quartet of double-figure scorers. It marked the Crimson's 21st-straight win in Cambridge.
First to 600
Harvard recorded the 600th win in program history on Feb. 7, 2014 against Brown. Harvard was the first Ivy League school and first Division I program in Massachusetts to accomplish the feat. The Crimson was also the first Ivy program to 500 wins (Jan. 30, 2009 against Penn). The Crimson currently sits at 603-437.
The Hunt For #12
Through seven-plus games of the Ivy League season, three teams have recorded just one loss, with Harvard sitting alone atop the Ancient Eight standings. The Crimson owns a 7-1 conference record, while Penn and Princeton sit at 6-1. After traveling for much of the months of January and February, the Crimson can settle in – playing six of its final eight conference games at home.
Just Keep Winning
Harvard owns a home win streak of 21 games, marking the second-longest run all-time and the sixth-longest current home win streak in NCAA Division I. From 1996-98, the Crimson ripped off 22-straight wins at Lavietes – the record for the Crimson. 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.
2013-14 RECORD: 16-5, 6-1 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 49-23
LAST MEETING: L, 38-67 (Feb. 1, 2014)
LAST WIN: W, 67-54 (March 2, 2013)
• Winners of eight-straight, Penn heads to Cambridge sitting second in the Ivy League standings at 6-1. The eight-consecutive wins mark the second-longest run in Penn history. The Quakers' lone loss in conference play is to Princeton. Earlier in February, the Crimson shot just 18.3 percent at the Palestra, falling 67-38. Penn is stingy defensively, allowing just 57.2 points per game, including 56.6 in Ancient Eight play.
• Penn freshman Sydney Stipanovich just collected her sixth Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor after averaging 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks in a 2-0 weekend. Stipanovich ranks second on the team with 11.4 points, pulling down a team-best 8.0 rebounds and adding 3.9 blocks per game. Senior guard Alyssa Baron paces the Quakers with 15.0 points, adding 5.7 boards.
• In his fifth season at Penn, head coach Mike McLaughlin owns a career record of 467-137, a mark that includes 14 seasons at Holy Family.
• Harvard owns a 49-23 all-time advantage over Penn, winning 18 of the last 20 matchups. A year ago, the two squads split the home-and-home series, with each winning on its own home court. In the last meeting in Philadelphia, senior captain Christine Clark neared a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, but it would not be enough as Harvard mustered just 38 points.
2013-14 RECORD: 15-6, 6-1 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 40-33
LAST MEETING: W, 78-68 (Jan. 31, 2014)
LAST WIN: Same
• Winners of five-straight contests, Princeton heads into the weekend at 15-6 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League. The Tigers' lone loss came at the hands of Harvard. Princeton boasts a high-powered offense, posting 75.2 points per game as a team and downing teams by an average margin of 10.3 points.
• Junior guard Blake Dietrick paces the Tigers with 16.0 points per game, upping her play in conference action with 17.3 points. Dietrick is coming off an Ivy League Player of the Week selection after twice breaking her career high with 27 and 28 points against Brown and Yale, respectively. Senior forward Kristen Helmstetter and sophomore guard Michelle Miller each chip in 11.0 points, while Alex Wheatley rounds out a quartet of double-figure scorers with 10.3 points.
• In her seventh season at the helm of the Tigers, Courtney Banghart has led Princeton to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances. A year ago, Princeton posted a 22-7 overall record, including a 13-1 mark in Ivy League play.
• The Crimson leads the all-time series with the Tigers by a 40-33 edge. The two teams split the series a year ago and Harvard won the latest matchup at Jadwin Gym. Christine Clark scored 25 points in the win, as Temi Fagbenle posted her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 601-437 record, tops of all Ancient Eight schools. Harvard is the only Ivy League school with a winning record against all other Ivies.
School Overall Wins Harvard vs.
Brown 484 44-33
Columbia 225 55-2
Cornell 371 59-11
Dartmouth 543 43-32
Penn 451 49-23
Princeton 574 40-33
Yale 461 45-30
Averaging 12.1 points and 9.4 rebounds, Temi Fagbenle has already recorded eight double-doubles through 22 games this season (including six in the last 14 games), the most since Reka Cserny (nine) in 2004-05. Fagbenle posted five-straight games with 10-plus in points and rebounds (Dec. 7-Dec. 30), recording the longest consecutive streak of double-doubles since Hana Peljto '04 in 2003-04 (nine).
Fagbenle's first career 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 Peljto 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. 5 in program history with 1,583 points over her three-plus year career. She needs 23 points to pass Tammy Butler '95, who sits at fourth all-time with 1,605 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.
What a Start
For the second-straight year, Harvard started the season 7-3 record through the first 10 games of the season. It matched the second-best start for the Crimson all-time through 10 games. Harvard has gone 8-2 three times, most recently in 1997-98 en route to a 23-5 overall record and an Ivy League title.
Harvard improved to 23-17 all-time in Ivy League openers and 20-12 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith with its 73-63 victory over Dartmouth on Jan. 11. It marked the 14th-straight season that the Crimson and Big Green met in the first game of the Ivy League schedule, with Harvard holding a 9-5 edge in those contests.
You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has started 107-straight games that she has appeared in over the last three-plus years. Clark ranks first in the Ivy League in most consecutive career games started.
Clark has scored in double-digits 90 times, including 17 times this season. The senior from Tucson, Ariz., is on a run of 10-straight double-digit games. Clark put on a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances (March 5, 2011-Feb. 4, 2012) and has had 19 games in which she has scored at least 20 (last at Princeton). Clark has posted 20-plus points in seven games in 2013-14.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all of Harvard's home games and road Ivy League contests will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch games both live and On-Demand on their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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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.
Better and Better
Through 22 games this season, 11 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, 11 rebounds), Temi Fagbenle (15 rebounds), Ali Curtis (16 points, 5 rebounds), AnnMarie Healy (17 points, 10 rebounds), Jasmine Evans (21 points, 13 rebounds), Melissa Mullins (12 rebounds), Shilpa Tummala (14 points), Kit Metoyer (17 points, 3 rebounds), Maggie Hartman (nine points), Taylor Finley (six points, 3 rebounds) and Kaitlyn Dinkins (3 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.
Harvard did not lose in the month of January, posting a 4-0 record. The Crimson last accomplished that feat in 2002-03, recording a 4-0 mark in the first month of the year. Teams led by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith have gone undefeated in January play four times.
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 was 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 overall win percentage (.773), rebounding offense (43.3) and offensive rebounding percentage (39.5). Individually, Christine Clark ranks first in scoring (16.7) and Temi Fagbenle ranks first in rebounding (9.4) and defensive rebounds (6.8).
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 (17), Kit Metoyer (17) and Shilpa Tummala (14) have all matched or bested their career highs in points and are contributing 12.5 points per game as a class.
The Crimson won 10 of its 14 non-conference matches this season, signaling the third-best nonconference record under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and fifth-best 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 7-4 in true road games and 10-5 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 21 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 12 times this season and in nine of the last 13.
• Kathy Delaney-Smith has used the same starters – Ali Curtis, Christine Clark, Temi Fagbenle, Melissa Mullins and Erin McDonnell – in 19 games this season and in 11-straight.
• Harvard's 21 wins last season were the most since winning 22 in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
• The Crimson sits at 15-2 when leading at the half.
• Harvard has not lost (9-0) when allowing 63 points or fewer.
• When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson is 7-0 this season.
Boards on Boards
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a conference-best 9.4 boards a game, has pulled down 10-plus rebounds in 10 games this season. Fagbenle has paced the Crimson in boards in 11 of the last 17 games.
Owning the Boards
Senior Melissa Mullins has paced the Crimson in rebounding in six games this season, ranking fourth in the Ivy League with 6.4 boards per game. The swing player has grabbed 10-plus boards three times. Harvard has had a player pull down 10-plus boards in 13 games and two players tally double-digit rebounds in four contests.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, the Crimson has outrebounded its opponent 17 times this year. Harvard owns a 15-2 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 40 seasons of Ivy League play, Harvard is 23-17 in conference openers and 20-12 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.
Home Court Advantage
The Harvard men's and women's basketball teams have combined for a 106-12 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 56-8 against the Ivy League. The Crimson women are 48-7 (.867) overall and 27-4 (.862) in conference while the men hold a 58-5 (.921) overall record and are 29-4 (.879) against the Ancient Eight. The women have currently won 21-straight and are looking to match the longest streak in program history (22 games). 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.
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 33-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 49-10 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 31-23 halftime deficit to earn a 58-57 victory over Yale Feb. 8.
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 150 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.