Women’s Basketball Heads to Iona for WNIT First Round Matchup Thursday

Photo courtesy of Elan Kawesch
Photo courtesy of Elan Kawesch

The Crimson is the first Ivy League squad to earn an at-large berth to a postseason tournament.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball earned the Ivy League's first postseason at-large berth and will head to New Rochelle, N.Y., to face Iona in the first round of the WNIT Thursday, March 20.

This marks the fifth WNIT appearance over the last six years and third-straight for the Crimson. Harvard posted its 11th 20-win season, all under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, with a 21-7 record heading into Thursday's contest against the Gaels.

This will be the program's 11th postseason appearance. Harvard has competed in six NCAA Tournaments, and in 1998 became the only No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on either the men's and women's side when it defeated Stanford, 71-67.

The Crimson made history again in 2011-12 as the first member of the Ivy League to register a win in the WNIT. Harvard repeated itself with a 61-57 win last season at Hartford.

The Gaels come into Thursday's game with a 26-5 overall record, posting a 18-2 mark in MAAC play and falling to Quinnipiac, 79-68, in the MAAC semifinals. Pacing IC is Damika Martinez with 24.7 points per game, while Joy Adams averages a double-double with 17.1 points and 14.1 rebounds.  

Harvard dropped its lone meeting against Iona, 61-51, in 1984.