Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith looks to become the all-time winningest coach in the Ivy League with her 515th career victory this weekend as Harvard women's basketball takes on Yale and Brown at Lavietes Pavilion this weekend. The final weekend of the regular season, both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. Friday's game against the Bulldogs will start at 7 p.m., while Saturday's tip is set for 6 p.m. The Crimson will be honoring four seniors – Christine Clark, Jasmine Evans, Elise Gordon and Melissa Mullins – on Saturday.
The winningest coach in Ivy League women's basketball history with 514 career victories, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith stands tied with 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 pass him this weekend. Delaney-Smith also eclipsed 304 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
The Crimson went 2-0 last weekend at Cornell and Columbia as Delaney-Smith earned career win No. 514 on Saturday evening. Junior forward Temi Fagbenle registered a career high against the Lions with 31 points and 18 rebounds. She became the first Crimson player since 2009 to reach the 30-plus plateau and it marked her 10th double-double – the most since 2003-04. Against Cornell, Harvard erased an early 15-point deficit, the largest comeback since Feb. 20, 2009, to defeat the Big Red, 70-66.
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 605-439.
The Hunt For #12
Through 11-plus games of the Ivy League season, Harvard sits in third overall (9-3) in the Ivy standings. Princeton and Penn are tied for first with 9-2 records. Harvard needs to win its final two games and would need both the Quakers and Tigers to lose one of their remaining three games to force a three-team playoff. Princeton and Penn play the final game of the Ivy League schedule on Tuesday, March 11.
Just Keep Winning
The Crimson recorded a 21-game home winning streak from March 2, 2012 through Feb. 15, 2014, marking the second-longest run all-time for Harvard at Lavietes. 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 sits at 7-2 this season.
2013-14 RECORD: 12-14, 6-6 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 45-30
LAST MEETING: W, 58-57 (Feb. 8, 2014)
LAST WIN: Same
• Yale has lost four of the last six games, dropping two games apiece to Penn and Princeton and defeating Cornell and Columbia, to stand tied for fourth overall in the Ivy League standings.
• Junior guard Sarah Halejian paces the Bulldogs with 15.9 points per game, adding 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds. Sophomore forward Meredith Boardman pulls down a team-best 5.8 boards per game, adding 5.3 points.
• In her ninth season at Yale, head coach Chris Gobrecht holds an overall career record of 528-457 with prior stops at Cal State Fullerton, Washington, Florida State and Southern California. Gobrecht led the Bulldogs to 56 wins over the last four seasons, the most for Yale since the Class of 1980.
• Junior forward Erin McDonnell exploded in the second half, posting her first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lift Harvard past Yale, 58-57, earlier this season at John J. Lee Amphitheater. Harvard has won four-straight in the series. All-time, the Crimson owns a 45-30 advantage over the Bulldogs.
2013-14 RECORD: 9-17, 3-9 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 44-44
LAST MEETING: W, 91-71 (Feb. 7, 2014)
LAST WIN: Same
• Brown snapped a five-game losing streak on Senior Night, upsetting Princeton, 61-58, behind 24 points from Lauren Clarke and 12 points from Sophie Beutel.
• Clarke leads the Bears with 16.2 points per game, adding 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Junior guard Sophie Bikofsky chips in 13.3 points and a team-high 4.2 rebounds.
• Head coach Jean Marie Burr, in her 26th season with the Bears, ranks third all-time in Ivy League history with 323 wins. Last winning the Ancient Eight title in 2006, Burr has compiled 15 winning Ivy seasons and four championships.
• The Crimson is on a three-game winning streak against the Bears, including a 91-71 win earlier this season in Providence, R.I. The victory marked the 600th in program history for Harvard, as Christine Clark dropped 19 points. The Crimson shot 63.8 percent from the field, including 10-of-16 from behind the arc. All-time, Harvard owns a 44-33 mark against Brown.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 603-437 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 485 44-33
Columbia 226 56-2
Cornell 373 60-11
Dartmouth 545 43-32
Penn 454 49-24
Princeton 577 40-34
Yale 463 45-30
20 Times 10
At 19-7, the Crimson could record its 11th 20-win season in program history with a win this weekend. All 10 of the previous 20-win seasons have come under the guidance of Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Averaging 12.7 points and 9.5 rebounds, Temi Fagbenle has already recorded 10 double-doubles through 26 games this season (including eight in the last 18 games), the most since Hana Peljto (15) in 2003-04. 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 Peljto 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. 4 in program history with 1,653 points over her three-plus year career. She is 210 points from the No. 3 spot, Reka Cserny '05. 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.
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 111-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 94 times, including 21 times this season. The senior from Tucson, Ariz., is on a run of 14-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 20 games in which she has scored at least 20 (last vs. Princeton). Clark has posted 20-plus points in 10 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 four 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 three times in 2013-14, most recently for her efforts last weekend.
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 five times.
Better and Better
Through 26 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 (31 points, 18 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 rebounding offense (43.4), offensive rebounding percentage (40.0) and overall winning percentage. Individually, Christine Clark ranks first in scoring (16.9) and Temi Fagbenle ranks first in rebounding (9.5) and defensive rebounds (6.7).
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 bested their career highs in points and are contributing 12.2 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 9-4 in true road games and 12-5 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson has posted winning records away from home over the last three seasons. Last year, Harvard was 10-7 in true road games, the most road victories for the Crimson since 2008-09.
• Harvard won 21-straight contests at Lavietes Pavilion from March 2, 2012 through Feb. 15, 2014.
• Christine Clark has scored 10-plus points over the last 14 games. Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in each of the last five contests.
• Kathy Delaney-Smith has used the same starters – Ali Curtis, Christine Clark, Temi Fagbenle, Melissa Mullins and Erin McDonnell – in 23 games this season and in 15-straight.
• Harvard's 21 wins last season were the most since winning 22 in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
• The Crimson sits at 16-3 when leading at the half.
• Harvard sits at 8-0 when allowing 59 points or fewer.
• When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson is 7-0 this season.
Boards on Boards
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a conference-best 9.5 boards a game, has pulled down 10-plus rebounds in 13 games this season. Fagbenle has paced the Crimson in boards in 13 of the last 20 games.
Owning the Boards
Senior Melissa Mullins has paced the Crimson in rebounding in eight games this season, ranking fifth in the Ivy League with 6.5 boards per game. The swing player has grabbed 10-plus boards four times. Harvard has had a player pull down 10-plus boards in 15 games and two players tally double-digit rebounds in five contests.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, the Crimson has outrebounded its opponent 21 times this year. Harvard owns a 17-4 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.
Home Court Advantage
The Harvard men's and women's basketball teams have combined for a 108-14 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 58-10 against the Ivy League. The Crimson women are 48-9 (.867) overall and 27-6 (.862) in conference while the men hold a 60-5 (.923) overall record and are 31-4 (.886) against the Ancient Eight. The women had won 21-straight, the second-longest streak in program history (22 games) from Feb. 11, 2012 through Feb. 15, 2014. 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 34-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 51-12 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
The Crimson overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat Cornell Feb. 28, its largest comeback since Feb. 20, 2009 (defeated Princeton, 54-50, after trailing by 22). Harvard won four games a season ago when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a 29-26 halftime deficit to earn a 64-51 victory over Columbia March 1.
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 154 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.