Harvard women's basketball wraps up the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Challenge Sunday, Nov. 30 against Temple at Mohegan Sun. The Crimson went 2-1 in South Bend, Indiana at the beginning of the week, defeating Quinnipiac and Holy Cross (in overtime) and falling to then-No. 3/2 Notre Dame.
Last Time Out
Senior captain Erin McDonnell buried a three pointer at the top of the key and Harvard held strong on the defensive end to secure a 79-76 overtime win over Holy Cross on the final day of the Hall of Fame Challenge at Purcell Pavilion Tuesday. The Crimson was led by a quartet of double-figure scorers, including a personal best 22 points from senior Ali Curtis.
Against Notre Dame, the Crimson registered a competitive second-half effort, but could not overcome the then-No. 3/2 team in the land, falling 97-43.
To start the tournament, three players registered double-doubles, as the Crimson used a late surge to take out Quinnipiac, 87-83. Temi Fagbenle (28 points, 11 rebounds), Erin McDonnell (18 points, 13 rebounds) and AnnMarie Healy (career high 18 points and 11 rebounds) became the first trio of Crimson student-athletes to post double-doubles in the same game since Jan. 14, 2000.
2014-15 RECORD: 3-3, 0-0 American
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard trails 0-1
LAST MEETING: L, 64-59 (March 17, 2012)
LAST WIN: N/A
• After splitting games with two former conference foes in La Salle and Saint Joseph's, Temple posted a 1-2 record through the first three games of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Challenge. After besting Georgetown, the Owls fell to host Kansas (76-56) and Alabama (58-51).
• Four Owls average double-figures through five games, led by sophomore guard Feyonda Fitzgerald with 14.4 points and 3.6 assists per contest. Tanaya Atkinson, scoring 11.2 points per game, has collected a team-best 6.2 boards per outing. Temple utilizes a short bench with just nine players seeing action.
• Tonya Cardoza, in her seventh season on North Broad Street, owns a career record of 123-76. Posting four 20-plus win seasons, Cardoza led the Owls to a fifth-place finish in the American a season ago. The 1991 Virginia graduate arrived in Philadelphia after 14 years as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut.
• Harvard trails the all-time series with Temple, 0-1, facing off against the Owls for the first time in 2012 in the second round of the WNIT. The Crimson turned an 11-point second-half deficit into a four-point lead, but could not hold on down the stretch as Temple outscored the Crimson 6-3 in the final 1:17 to earn a 64-59 win and advance in the postseason.
A Year Ago
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 a year ago.
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 521 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 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.
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.
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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 611-442.
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 captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins are shooting 45.7 percent, averaging 4.2 makes per game. As a team, Harvard has made 8.2 threes per outing, with 35 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 32nd in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game.
Boards on Boards
Through five games, Temi Fagbenle ranks second in the conference with 11.0 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in three of the last four contests. A season ago, Fagbenle paced the Crimson in rebounding 17 times. A Crimson student-athlete has pulled down double-digit rebounds seven times this season. Fagbenle ranks 38th in the country in rebounds per game and 23rd in defensive rebounds.
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.
Harvard stands at 3-2 through five nonconference games this season. A year ago, the Crimson won 10 of its 14 non-conference matches, 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.
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. Harvard is 2-2 on the road to start 2014-15.
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.
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 3-2 through the first five 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 611-442 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 487 45-33
Columbia 229 56-2
Cornell 376 60-11
Dartmouth 548 43-32
Penn 460 49-24
Princeton 586 40-34
Yale 465 46-30
*as of Nov. 28
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.
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 14.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, has recorded 21 double-doubles over her career. A season ago, Fagbenle recorded 11 double-doubles, 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 three double-doubles through five games in 2014-15, most recently 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against Holy Cross. The senior from London, England ranks seventh in the NCAA in double-doubles.
Better and Better
Six (6) Crimson student-athletes have matched or bested their career highs in points, rebounds and/or assists this season: Ali Curtis (22 pts, 7 ast), Temi Fagbenle (17 rebounds), Destiny Nunley (7 pts, 2 reb, 4 ast), Kirby Porter (2 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast), AnnMarie Healy (18 pts, 10 reb), and Kaitlyn Dinkins (14 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast).
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.
• Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 11 of the last 14 contests.
• 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 3-1 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 and 1-0 this season.
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. This season, Harvard is 3-1 when outrebounding its opponent.
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 114-14 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 63-5 (.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.
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 owns a 1-0 record in overtime games this season. The Crimson is 13-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard played its first contest with extra time since December 2012 against Holy Cross Nov. 25.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 163 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.