Women’s Basketball Continues Road Swing at Massachusetts

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Harvard vs. UMass
Wednesday, Dec. 3
7:00 p.m.
Mullins Center
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The Storyline
Harvard women's basketball travels to western Massachusetts to take on local foe UMass Wednesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. The game will be live streamed on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network. Fans can also follow live stats on GameTracker and listen to WMUA.   

Last Time Out
Senior forward Temi Fagbenle broke the Harvard record with 24 rebounds, adding 23 points, but it would not be enough as the Crimson fell to Temple, 81-69, Sunday evening on the final day of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Challenge at Mohegan Sun. Fagbenle was named the Crimson's Most Outstanding Player after breaking Deb Flandermeyer's record from 1991 (23). The senior from London also becomes the first Harvard student-athlete to surpass 20 points and 20 rebounds since Allison Feaster in 1994 (vs. Providence College, 25 points and 20 rebounds).

#Legend
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.

Scouting UMass

  • UMass enters Wednesday's game with a 3-3 record, losing its first two games and rebounding to win three of its last four.
  • Kim Pierre-Louis has scored in double-figures in five of UMass' six games so far this year, with a season-best 22 versus Central Florida in the comeback win. She averages 15.2 scored per game to lead the Minutewomen and ranks seventh in the A-10. Rashida Timbilla adds 9.3 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Minutewomen.
  • Sharon Dawley began her fifth season at the helm of UMass in 2014-15. Dawley owns a 25-100 record after arriving from Vermond, where she led the Catamounts to three postseason berths. In seven seasons at Vermont, Dawley posted a mark of 128-86 (.598) and holds a career record of 287-245 (.539) through 20 seasons as a head coach.
  • Harvard trails in the all-time series against UMass, 12-7, but has won six-straight against the Minutewomen since the 1990-91 season. Winning four games in consecutive years from 2010-13, the two teams did not meet a season ago. Christine Clark became Harvard's 18th member of the 1,000-point club with 19 points as Harvard cruised to an 85-59 win over Massachusetts in the last showdown.  

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.

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 611-443. 

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. 

Double Trouble
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 16.0 points and 13.2 rebounds per game, has recorded 22 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 four double-doubles through six games in 2014-15, most recently 23 points and a career-high 24 rebounds against Temple. The senior from London, England ranks ninth in the NCAA in double-doubles.

Let It Rain
Red hot from beyond the 3-point line, senior captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins are shooting 39.6 percent, averaging 3.7 makes per game. As a team, Harvard has made 7.7 threes per outing, with 38 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 25th in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game. 

Boards on Boards
Through six games, Temi Fagbenle ranks first in the conference with 13.2 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in four of the last five contests. A season ago, Fagbenle paced the Crimson in rebounding 17 times. A Crimson student-athlete has pulled down double-digit rebounds eight times this season. Fagbenle ranks 30th in the country in rebounds per game and 15th in defensive rebounds.  

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
Harvard stands at 3-3 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.

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. Harvard is 2-3 away from Lavietes 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. 

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 611-443 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     549              43-32

Penn              460              49-24

Princeton       588              40-34

Yale                465              46-30

*through Dec. 1

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. 

Better and Better
Nine (9) Crimson student-athletes have matched or bested their career highs in points, rebounds and/or assists this season: Ali Curtis (22 pts, 7 ast), Kaitlyn Dinkins (14 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast), Temi Fagbenle (24 rebounds), AnnMarie Healy (18 pts, 10 reb), Anna Lachenauer (3 pts, 5 reb, 1 assist),            Kit Metoyer (7 asts), Destiny Nunley (7 pts, 2 reb, 4 ast), Kirby Porter (2 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast), and Maddy Tessier-Kay (1 point). 

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.    

Trending

  • A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in each of the games this season.
  • Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 12 of the last 15 contests. 
  • The Crimson have knocked in five-plus threes in every game this season.
  • Harvard has connected at a 75 percent or better clip from the free throw line in four of six games.
  • 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 3-2 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 3-2 when outrebounding its opponent. 

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 115-14 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 64-5 (.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. 

D-Fence
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. 

Overtime
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 164 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.