Women's Basketball Heads to Hall of Fame Tournament

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot


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Harvard vs. Quinnipiac
Sunday, Nov. 23
7:00 p.m.
Purcell Pavilion
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Harvard vs. No. 3/2 Notre Dame 
Monday, Nov. 24
6:00 p.m.
Purcell Pavilion
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Harvard vs. Holy Cross 
Tuesday, Nov. 25
8:00 p.m.
Purcell Pavilion
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The Storyline
Harvard women's basketball travels to South Bend, Indiana to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament, hosted by Notre Dame. The Crimson kicks off the tournament with a Sunday evening matchup with Quinnipiac before facing No. 3/2 Notre Dame on Monday and Holy Cross on Tuesday.

The Skinny
A year ago, Harvard registered its second-straight 20-win campaign, posting a 22-8 record (the most wins since the 2002-03 season). The Crimson accomplished several milestones a year ago, as head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith became the all-time winningest Ivy League head coach (518 wins), Delaney-Smith earned her 500th overall and 300th Ivy League win and the program reached the 600-victory plateau. Harvard also earned the Ivy League's first-ever postseason at-large berth, advancing to the second round of the WNIT. The Crimson was led by first team All-Ivy League selections Christine Clark '14 and then-junior Temi Fagbenle, who led the conference in scoring and rebounding, respectively.

Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League. 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, please visit www.IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.

Social Stream
Use the all new Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

Where'd We Leave Off?
For the third-straight season, Harvard advanced to the second round of the WNIT, falling to eventual champion Rutgers, 63-52. The Crimson passed the first round on the back of Christine Clark '14, who converted a coast-to-coast driving lay-up with time expiring to edge Iona, 90-89. Against the Scarlet Knights, Jasmine Evans '14 finished her career with 15 points and six rebounds to pace Harvard. 

The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 519 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 a season ago. Delaney-Smith also eclipsed 306 career wins in the conference with her 300th coming against Yale Feb. 8. 

Delaney-Smith, in her 33rd season at the helm of the Crimson, earned her 500th win at Colgate Nov. 23 of last year, 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-plus years at one institution.

First to 600
Harvard recorded the 600th win in program history a season ago. 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 609-441.

Opening Act
Harvard is 20-21 all-time in season openers and 17-16 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson had lost three-straight season openers before defeating Colgate, 68-53, on November 15. 

Let it Rain
Red hot from beyond the 3-point line, senior Kaitlyn Dinkins has started the season shooting 60 percent, averaging three makes per game. As a team, Harvard has made 7.5 3's per outing, with just over 38 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. 

From the Stripe
Harvard has been consistent from the foul line to start the season, shooting 83.3 percent through the first two games. The mark is the best among Ivy League foes ­­to start the season. 

Preseason Poll
Harvard earned one first-place vote and was picked third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll before the season. The rankings nearly mirror the final standings from last season, where the Crimson went 11-3 in conference play and finished one game behind first-place Penn. 

Nonconference Nonsense
The Crimson won 10 of its 14 non-conference matches last 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.  

Road Tripping
Last year, Harvard posted a 10-5 mark in true road games, its second-straight season with 10 road kills. The Crimson finished 13-6 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson has posted winning records away from home over the last three seasons. 

What a Start
Harvard started the season 7-3 through the first 10 games for the second-straight season a year ago. 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. 

November Numbers
Last year, the Crimson was 6-1 in the month of November, setting a new program record for wins before December. In 2014, Harvard is 1-1 through the first two games in November.

We The People
A pair of Harvard basketball alums recently won election to office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Charlie Baker '79 was elected as the state's new Governor and Maura Healy '92 was tabbed as the new Attorney General. 

Healy was a four-year letterwinner on the women's team and was elected as co-captain for her senior campaign. She led the team to the 1991 Ivy League championship as a junior, and finished her career averaging 6.9 points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds.

Baker was a two-year member of Harvard's JV team before making the varsity squad as a junior for the 1977-78 season. Baker appeared in eight games that year for the Crimson, averaging 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. As a senior, Baker served as an assistant coach to the JV team.

Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75 the Crimson owns a 609-441 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

*as of Nov. 13

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 last season. Harvard has won 23 of its last 25 games at Lavietes.  

20 Times 10
At 22-8, 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. 

Double Trouble
Temi Fagbenle, who averaged 13.0 points and a league-best 9.3 rebounds per game in 2013-14, recorded 11 double-doubles a year ago, 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 has one double-double through two games in 2014-15. The senior put together a 12-point, 14-rebound performance against Boston University on November 17.

Ancient Eight Accolades
Christine Clark '14 and Temi Fagbenle both earned first team All-Ivy League honors in 2014. It marked the third-straight year and 11th time overall that the Crimson has placed two players on the Ancient Eight's first team. 

Clark led the Ivy League in scoring, posting 16.5 points per game and adding 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 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, Fagbenle earned a spot on the first team after averaging 13.0 points and an Ivy League-best 9.3 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 (53.9).

Better and Better
Twelve (12) Crimson student-athletes matched or bested their career highs in points and/or rebounds last season. The athletes included: 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). 

Winning January
Harvard did not lose in the month of January, during the 2014 season 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.  

Non-Conference Nonsense
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. 

• Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in nine of the last 11 contests, including both of the Crimson's games to start the 2014-15 season.

• Kathy Delaney-Smith used the same starters – Ali Curtis, Christine Clark, Temi Fagbenle, Melissa Mullins and Erin McDonnell – in 25 games last season. She has used the unit of Curtis, Kaitlyn Dinkins, Fagbenle, McDonnell and Shilpa Tummala through the first two this season.

• Harvard's 22 wins in 2013-14 signaled the most since 2002-03.

• The Crimson sat at 19-3 last season when leading at the half. Harvard is 1-1 this season.

• Harvard posted an 8-0 record when allowing 59 points or fewer in 2013-14. Continuing the trend, Harvard is 1-0 this year.

• When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson was 9-0 last season.

Boards on Boards
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a conference-best 9.3 boards a game, pulled down 10-plus rebounds in 13 games last season. Fagbenle paced the Crimson in boards in 17 games. Harvard had a player pull down 10-plus boards in 15 games and two players tally double-digit rebounds in five contests. To start the 2014-15 season, Fagbenle, Erin McDonnell and AnneMarie Healy have all recorded double-doubles. 

Cleaning the Glass
As a team, the Crimson outrebounded its opponent 23 times last year. Harvard owned a 19-4 mark when controlling the glass. 

Ivy Openers­­
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, 2014. 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 112-14 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 60-10 against the Ivy League. The Crimson women are 51-9 (.850) overall and 29-6 (.829) in conference while the men hold a 61-5 (.924) overall record and are 31-4 (.886) against the Ancient Eight. The women have won 24 of its last 26 games since Feb. 11, 2012. 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 35-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 54-14 when allowing fewer than 70 points. 

Comeback Kids
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 160 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. 

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Kaitlyn Dinkins and Erin McDonnell are the Crimson's captains for the 2014-15 season. 

Dinkins became the first two-time Crimson captain since Christine Matera '11 and the ninth overall in program history. She is a two-time recipient of The Robin L. Mitchell Harvard Pride Award in 2013, given annually to the player who displays exceptional sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and dedication to the team. Dinkins was the first junior to be elected team captain since Christine Matera '11 and Claire Wheeler '11 in 2009-10 and was the 15th junior in program history to have the honor bestowed upon her. 

McDonnell ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per game while chipping in 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. The Morristown, N.J., native registered 13 games in double-figures and shot a career-high 43.8 percent from the field, including a personal-best 31-of-73 (42.5 percent) from behind the arc.