Harvard vs. Temple
Sophomore guard Madeline Raster matched a career high with six field goals, notching 17 points in the win Tuesday at Sacred Heart. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard (5-1) returns to Lavietes Pavilion to face off against American Athletic Conference power Temple (3-1) on Thursday night. The game can be viewed on Facebook Live (facebook.com/HarvardCrimsonFan) and the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Crimson own a five-game wining streak, the longest in non-conference play since a seven-game non-conference run during the 2013-14 season. Harvard will host Temple for the first time in program history. The Crimson is 0-2 in the all-time series against the Owls, with the last meeting coming two seasons ago, an 81-69 victory for Temple in the final game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore guard Madeline Raster had 17 points and 8 rebounds, and freshman forward Jeannie Boehm notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead Harvard to a 68-60 road win over Sacred Heart on Tuesday. Four Harvard players scored in double-figures, with sophomore guard Sydney Skinner (11 points) and senior forward Destiny Nunley (10 points, five rebounds) also leading Harvard's scoring effort.
• The Owls return four of five starters from a team that finished the 2015-16 season 23-12 (13-5 AAC) and reached the WNIT Quarterfinals, including 2nd Team All-AAC senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald (20.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 7.3 apg) and 1st Team All-AAC junior guard Alliya Butts (16.0 ppg). Junior guard Tanaya Atkinson (18.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg) is also an impact player for Temple.
• The Owls are shooting 42.0% from the field and 40.0% from three-point range, holding opponents to just 28.8% from beyond-the-arc. Temple is outscoring opponents by an average of 7.0 points per game, and have forced an average of 16.8 turnovers per contest. Fitzgerald leads the nation with 64.3% shooting from behind the three-point line.
• In the last meeting between the two teams on Nov. 30, 2014 as part of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Challenge, senior forward Temi Fagbenle broke the Harvard women's basketball record with 24 rebounds, adding 23 points, but it would not be enough as the Crimson fell to Temple, 81-69. Senior captain Erin McDonnell added 15 points and eight rebounds and junior AnnMarie Healy chipped in 17 points and four boards.
DELANEY-SMITH RECORDS WIN #550
Harvard head coach Kathleen Delaney-Smith recorded her 550th win against Fairfield on Saturday night, becoming the 45th Division I women's head coach to reach that milestone.
Delaney-Smith owns a 551-376 (.594) all-time record.
FROM WAY DOWNTOWN
Through six games this season, Harvard has established itself as one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation. Harvard ranks among the top-40 in the nation in three-pointers per game (8.3, 39th) and three-point field goal percentage (39.7, 22nd). Freshman Katie Benzan leads the team with 17 three-pointers (45th, NCAA), and a .515 three-point field goal percentage (19th, NCAA).
CRIMSON TIE RECORD WITH 16 THREE-POINTERS
In a season-opening 103-87 loss at Minnesota, the Crimson matched a program record, hitting 16 three pointers (16-for-30, 53.3%) on the night. It was the fourth time in program history that Harvard has hit 16 threes, and the first time since Feb. 28, 1998 (vs. Brown). Sophomore Madeline Raster hit six three-pointers (6-for-12) and led Harvard with 18 points.
The Crimson went 14-14 overall last season, earning a selection to the WNIT Tournament. It was the sixth appearance over the last eight years in the WNIT for the Crimson and the program's 12th postseason appearance, most of any Ivy League team. Harvard returns two starters and nine letterwinners from a year ago, including senior co-captain Destiny Nunley, who averaged 6.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as the team's top reserve player.
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 48-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 79-24 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
CLEANING THE GLASS
As a team, the Crimson outrebounded its opponent 15 times last year. Harvard owned a 12-3 mark when controlling the glass. Harvard has not yet been outrebounded in six games this season.
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 551 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 during the 2013-14 season. Delaney-Smith also owns 322 career wins in the conference – the most of any men's or women's coach – with her 300th coming against Yale Feb. 8, 2014.
Delaney-Smith, in her 35th season at the helm of the Crimson, earned her 500th win in 2013-14, joining a group of 28 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. She is also one of four active Division I head coaches to spend 35-plus years at one institution.