For the third-straight season, Harvard women's basketball has advanced to the second round of the WNIT, heading to Rutgers Monday, March 24 for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Crimson passed the first round on the back of senior captain Christine Clark, who converted a coast-to-coast driving lay-up with time expiring to edge Iona, 90-89.
Harvard registered its second-straight 20-win campaign, holding a 22-7 record to record the most wins since the 2002-03 season. The Crimson accomplished several milestones this season, as head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith became the all-time winningest Ivy League head coach, Delaney-Smith earned her 500th overall and 300th Ivy League win and the program reached the 600-victory plateau. The Crimson was led by first team All-Ivy League selections Christine Clark and Temi Fagbenle, who led the conference in scoring and rebounding, respectively.
Where No Ivy Has Gone Before
Harvard became the first Ivy League program to win a game in the WNIT in 2011-12 when it knocked off Hofstra, 73-71. Harvard is also the only Ivy League program to ever win a game in the NCAA Tournament, and became the only No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed on either the men's or women's side with a 71-67 victory over Stanford on March 14, 1998. This year, the Crimson earned the Ivy League's first postseason at-large berth.
Against the Field
Harvard is 52-61 all-time against the WNIT field and enters the tournament 3-1 this season against teams competing. The Crimson defeated Cal Poly, 83-76, to earn its first win of the year Nov. 9, split the season series with Princeton and edged Iona in the first round.
The Crimson faced four teams (DePaul, Fordham, Penn, St. John's) which are playing in the NCAA Tournament and posted a 0-5 record.
Scouting Rutgers (23-9)
- Appearing in its first WNIT, Rutgers holds a 23-9 overall record after defeating Delaware, 65-61, in the first round Thursday. Four of RU's starters finished with double-figures, led by American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Tyler Scaife with 22 points. The Crimson and Scarlet Knights have one common opponent, Princeton, who RU defeated 79-65 to open the year.
- Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper paces the Scarlet Knights with 15.8 points per game, adding 6.0 rebounds. Scaife chips in 14.1 points and junior swing player Betnijah Laney nears a double-double with 12.1 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds.
- Hall of Fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer owns a career record of 924-341, a wins mark that stands fourth on the Division I women's victories list. The two legendary coaches will combine for 1,441 wins on Monday.
- Harvard trails the all-time series, 2-0, but the two squads have not met since 2002. The Scarlet Knights defeated the Crimson 77-70 in the last meeting.
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 517 career victories, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith passed former Princeton head coach Pete Carril (514) for most wins by an Ancient Eight coach on either the men's or women's side against Yale March 7. Delaney-Smith also eclipsed 306 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
A coast-to-coast drive by senior captain Christine Clark propelled Harvard into the second round of the WNIT Thursday night, as the Crimson edged Iona 90-89 at Hynes Athletics Center. Harvard dished out 28 assists, tied for the seventh-most in program history. The Crimson tied a season low with six turnovers. Junior forwards Temi Fagbenle and Erin McDonnell paced the Crimson, each surpassing the 20-point plateau with 26 and 24 points, respectively. Fagbenle shot 13-of-18 from the floor and added eight boards and four assists.
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 607-439.
Harvard sits at 10-4 in true road games, its second-straight season with 10 road kills. The Crimson sits at 13-5 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson has posted winning records away from home over the last three seasons.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 608-437 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 486 45-33
Columbia 226 56-2
Cornell 373 60-11
Dartmouth 545 43-32
Penn 457 49-24
Princeton 580 40-34
Yale 464 46-30
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 finished 9-2 this season.
20 Times 10
At 22-7, the Crimson recorded its 11th 20-win season in program history in 2013-14 and the most wins since 2002-03. All 11 20-win seasons have come under the guidance of Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Averaging 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds, Temi Fagbenle has recorded 11 double-doubles this season, 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.
Reaching No. 4 on the all-time scoring list, Christine Clark has scored with 1,700 points over her four year career. She is 163 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.
You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has started 114-straight games that she has appeared in over the last four years. Clark ranks first in the Ivy League in most consecutive career games started.
Clark has scored in double-digits 97 times, including 24 times this season. The senior from Tucson, Ariz., is on a run of 17-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 21 games in which she has scored at least 20 (last vs. Princeton). Clark has posted 20-plus points in 11 games in 2013-14.
Ancient Eight Accolades
Senior captain Christine Clark and junior forward Temi Fagbenle both earned first team All-Ivy League honors this season. It marked the third-straight year and 11th time overall that the Crimson has placed two players on the Ancient Eight's first team.
Leading the Ivy League in scoring, Clark posted 16.8 points per game, adding 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. During league action, Clark matched her scoring output, but increased her boards to 5.4 per game. Clark was a unanimous selection.
After receiving Rookie of the Year and second team accolades a season ago, Fagbenle earned a spot on the first team after averaging 12.9 points and an Ivy League-best 9.4 rebounds per game. The forward from London sat ninth overall in the league in scoring and second in both blocked shots (1.4) and field goal percentage (53.7).
Better and Better
Twelve (12) Crimson student-athletes have matched or bested their career highs in points and/or rebounds this season. The athletes include: Christine Clark (28 points), Ali Curtis (16 points, 5 rebounds), Kaitlyn Dinkins (3 points), Jasmine Evans (21 points, 13 rebounds), Temi Fagbenle (31 points, 18 rebounds), Taylor Finley (six points, 3 rebounds), Elise Gordon (15 points, 8 rebounds), (Maggie Hartman (nine points), AnnMarie Healy (17 points, 10 rebounds), Erin McDonnell (24 points, 11 rebounds), Kit Metoyer (17 points, 3 rebounds), Melissa Mullins (12 rebounds) and Shilpa Tummala (14 points).
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 (42.8), offensive rebounding percentage (40.1) and overall winning percentage. Individually, Christine Clark ranks first in scoring (16.7) while Temi Fagbenle ranks first in rebounding (9.3), defensive rebounds (6.5) and field goal percentage (54.8).
What a Start
For the second-straight year, Harvard started the season 7-3 through the first 10 games. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 13.4 points per game as a class.
The Crimson won 10 of its 14 non-conference matches this season, signaling the third-best non-conference 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 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 17 games. Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in seven of the last eight contests.
• Kathy Delaney-Smith has used the same starters – Ali Curtis, Christine Clark, Temi Fagbenle, Melissa Mullins and Erin McDonnell – in 24 games this season.
• Harvard's 22 wins signal the most since 2002-03.
• The Crimson sits at 19-3 when leading at the half.
• Harvard sits at 8-0 when allowing 59 points or fewer.
• When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson is 9-0 this season.
Boards on Boards
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a conference-best 9.3 boards a game, has pulled down 10-plus rebounds in 13 games this season. Fagbenle has paced the Crimson in boards in 15 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 6.3 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 23 times this year. Harvard owns a 19-4 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.
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.
Home Court Advantage
The Harvard men's and women's basketball teams have combined for a 110-14 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 60-10 against the Ivy League. The Crimson women are 50-9 (.867) overall and 29-6 (.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 53-12 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 157 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.