Women’s Basketball Returns Home For Northeastern Matchup

Happy to be home after a month on the road, the Crimson takes on local foe Northeastern (Joe Raymond). 

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Harvard vs. Northeastern
Saturday, Dec. 20
4:00 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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The Storyline
After a month-long road swing, Harvard women's basketball returns to the friendly confines of Lavietes Pavilion to take on local foe Northeastern this afternoon. The game will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Before the break for finals, Harvard dropped a 65-46 decision at Maine. Junior forward AnnMarie Healy paced the Crimson with 13 points, adding four rebounds. Senior captain Erin McDonnell also posted 11 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Trending

  • A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in seven of the eight games this season.
  • Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 13 of the last 17 contests. 
  • The Crimson has 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 five of eight 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 4-2 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.

Scouting Northeastern (2-4, 0-0 CAA)
•    After defeating Boston University to start the year, Northeastern has lost four of its last five contests, including its last game at Maine, 60-51, last Saturday. 

•  A'lece Mark leads a trio of double-figure Husky scorers with 16.3 points, adding 6.8 rebounds. Tiffany Montagne (14.0) and Samantha DeFreese (12.5) round out the top three scorers for NU. Francesca Sally nearly averages a double-double with 9.4 points and a team-high 7.4 boards per game.

•  A season ago, Christine Clark '14 matched her career high with 28 points, as Harvard held on to defeat Northeastern, 81-74, at the Cabot Center. Junior Temi Fagbenle recorded her ninth career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Crimson past the Huskies. The win moved Harvard to 13-15 all-time against Northeastern.

Familiar Faces
Northeastern head coach Kelly Cole, in the midst of her first season at the helm of Northeastern, will find herself in familiar territory as she spent the last two seasons as an assistant on head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith's staff. Cole has made 11 trips to the postseason in her 13 seasons at the Division I level, including eight NCAA tournament berths and three Sweet 16 appearances.

Double Trouble
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 14.0 points and 11.8 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 eight games in 2014-15, most recently 23 points and a career-high 24 rebounds against Temple. The senior from London, England ranks 33rd 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 41.8 percent, averaging 4.1 makes per game. Dinkins has not attempted a field goal inside the arc this season, making 12-of-29. As a team, Harvard has made 8.1 threes per outing, with 40 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 21st in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game.

This and That
•               Harvard is 4-0 when shooting greater than 40% from the floor. In each of its losses, the squad has shot under 33%.

•               For the season, the Crimson's true shooting percentage (measuring scoring ability) is .491 and eFG% (three point field goal percentage work 1.5 attempts) is .454. In wins, the numbers jump to .573 and .544.

•               Harvard is 4-1 when making eight or more threes.

•               The Crimson has utilized the arc this season, as 40 percent of its shots attempts come from behind the 3-point line. Five players (McDonnell, Curtis, Dinkins, Metoyer and Tummala) average 3.5 or more 3-point attempts per game.

•               The Crimson is 3-0 when recording 19 or more assists. Over 67 percent of its field goals this season have been assisted.

•               Harvard takes eight more free throws per game in wins than losses.

•               The Crimson is 2-1 playing in games in the state of Massachusetts.

#Legend
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 522 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.

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 613-445.

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.

Boards on Boards
Through eight games, Temi Fagbenle ranks first in the conference with 11.8 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in four of the last seven contests. Fagbenle stands 14th in the country in rebounds per game and eighth in defensive rebounds. 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.

Help A Friend
When Erin McDonnell dishes out two-plus assists, the Crimson sit at 4-1 this season and 15-4 dating back to the start of last year.

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 4-4 through eight 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 3-4 away from Lavietes to start 2014-15.

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 613-45 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            488              45-33

Columbia        230               56-2

Cornell           377              60-11

Dartmouth     550              43-32

Penn              461              49-24

Princeton       592              40-34

Yale                467              46-30

*including games on Dec. 16

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
Ten (10) Crimson student-athletes have matched or bested their career highs in points, rebounds and/or assists this season: Ali Curtis (22 points, 7 assists), Kaitlyn Dinkins (14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), Temi Fagbenle (24 rebounds, 5 assists), AnnMarie Healy (18 points, 11 rebounds), Anna Lachenauer (3 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist), Erin McDonnell (13 rebounds), Kit Metoyer (7 assists), Destiny Nunley (7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists), Kirby Porter (4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist), 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.   

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 4-3 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 116-14 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 65-5 (.929) 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 165 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.