Harvard will add four freshmen to the roster in 2014-15.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball will welcome four student-athletes from the Class of 2018 to the program this fall, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith announced Monday.
"We are so excited about our incoming freshman class and believe it is one of the strongest in the Ivy League," said Delaney-Smith. "It includes talent that may be ready to contribute early in their careers and, equally as important, it includes phenomenal young women who will fit into our family here at Harvard."
The class, which spans four states, combined to win four state titles, an independent school league championship and earned a total of 11 all-conference selections. The class is well-balanced, as a center, forward, wing player and guard will suit up for the Crimson next season.
Harvard, the first Ivy League team to earn an at-large bid to a postseason tournament, returns three starters from a season ago. Reaching the second round of the WNIT for the third-straight season, the Crimson posted the second-most wins in program history with a 22-8 record.
Anna Lachenauer Freshman C 6-4 Weston, Mass./Milton Academy
Four-year starter for Milton Academy … Named All-Independent School League as a sophomore, junior and senior … Earned an All-New England selection three times … ISL MVP as a senior … Led Milton Academy to the semifinals of the NEPSAC tournament in 2012-13 and 2013-14 … Holds the school record for career blocks with 500-plus over four years … Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic honoree as a junior and senior … Boston Globe All-Scholastic recipient as a senior … Three-time team MVP … Team captain as a senior … Played for the Bay State Jaguars (2011-12) and New England Crusaders (2012-13), winning the Massachusetts State Tournament three times … Also played varsity soccer for three years … Comes from an Ivy League family, as father Robert MBA'88 ran track at Cornell and graduated from Harvard Business School and mother Catherine attended Dartmouth.
Delaney-Smith on Lachenauer: I am extraordinarily excited to coach a local player, the first since Lindsay Hallion '08. I am also thrilled to be coaching one of the best shot blockers I have ever seen in the women's game. Anna had a breakout summer her junior year and it was no surprise to us that everyone around the country was talking about her. Her potential is off the charts on both ends and I predict she will be one of the best in the Ivy League.
Cameron Nieters Freshman G/F 6-1 Winston-Salem, N.C./Bishop McGuinness Catholic
Four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School … Led the Villains to four-straight NCHSAA 1A state championships, breaking the North Carolina record for most-consecutive state championships (nine) … Finished her career with 1,001 points … Three-time all-conference and all-region athlete … Earned the state championship team MVP a sophomore and junior … Invited to the USA U16 tryouts at the Olympic Training Center in 2011 … Played in the North Carolina/South Carolina All-Star Game and the East/West North Carolina All-Star Game … Twice broke the school record for charges taken in a season with 28 as a junior and 37 as a senior … Daughter of Barbara, who played basketball at UNC Charlotte, and Mark Nieters, who played baseball for the 49ers.
Delaney-Smith on Nieters: Cameron's resume speaks volumes about how talented she is. It isn't often that I have coached an athlete who has been an integral part of winning four-straight state titles in a state that is known for its great basketball. She is a complete player and will come to Harvard with an ability to impact on both ends of the floor. That, coupled with her incredible ability to take a charge, makes her a very valuable addition to the Harvard team.
Kirby Porter Freshman G 6-1 Chevy Chase, Md./Bullis School
Four-year starter for Bullis School (2011-14) and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School (2010-11) … Two-time captain … Also captained the DC Heat AAU team from 2011-13 … Twice named to the All-ISLAA first team … 1,000-point scorer … As a senior, named to the All-DC Sports Fan first team and the team MVP … Bullis earned the 2013 ISL co-champions title and the ISL tournament championship … Also lettered in the high jump (2011-12) and shot put (2013-14) … Daughter of Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter and Mr. Stanley E. Porter.
Delaney-Smith on Porter: Kirby comes to Harvard as an incredibly talented, versatile perimeter player. Her athleticism, toughness and court IQ are at the top of the list of her strengths and will enable her to be a great defensive stopper early in her career. On the offensive end, she has a great ability to get to the hoop and finish. That, coupled with her rebounding potential, will help us to fill some very important shoes.
Maddy Tessier-Kay Freshman F 6-4 Wayne, Pa./Conestoga
Four-year starter and two-time captain for Conestoga High School, playing in the Central League … Named to the Central League All-Team three-straight years, including second team honors in 2013-14 … Averaged 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a junior … Two-time All-Main Line second team honoree … 2014 Philadelphia All-Star Labor Classic selection … 2014 UCP All-Star Classic scholarship recipient … Team MVP as a senior … Earned the Crown Trophy Scholar/Athlete Award … Also a four-year varsity crew member, competing in the quad sculls at the 2012 Women's and Royal Henley Regattas … Daughter of Laura and Tracy Kay … Mother, Laura, played basketball and field hockey at Saint Lawrence University.
Delaney-Smith on Tessier-Kay: Maddy is a talented two-sport athlete who excelled at both basketball and rowing. We are happy she has decided to concentrate on just basketball and feel she has unlimited potential. She has great leadership ability and perspective that will serve her well. Her height and mobility are great assets and she is on her way to becoming a dominant college player.