After having just two home games through the first 11 matches, Harvard women's basketball returns to Lavietes Pavilion for eight of its next nine games starting this weekend. Friday, Jan. 2, the Crimson host Florida Gulf Coast University at 7 p.m., while Monday Harvard will welcome the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for Education Day at 12 noon.
Last Time Out
Harvard defeated Lipscomb 84-63 in the consolation game of the Georgia Tech Holiday Classic at McCamish Pavilion Tuesday. Senior captain Erin McDonnell, named to the all-tournament team, finished with 19 points and nine rebounds to pace the Crimson. Junior forward AnnMarie Healy and senior forward Temi Fagbenle also posted double-digits with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Fagbenle chipped in nine boards. Nine of the 10 players that saw action scored for the Crimson, who posted a season-high 22 assists on 28 baskets.
- A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in 10 of the 11 games this season.
- Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in nine of 11 contests.
- The Crimson has knocked in five-plus threes in 10 of 11 games this season.
- Harvard has connected at a 75 percent or better clip from the free throw line in eight of 11 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 6-2 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 2-0 this season.
Scouting Florida Gulf Coast (12-2, 0-0 A-Sun)
• Florida Gulf Coast heads to Cambridge at 12-2, with losses to Auburn and Ohio State, and coming off seven-straight wins. FGCU most recently won the Hawk Classic title after defeating Cal State Northridge and Quinnipiac.
• Three Eagles average double-figures, paced by Whitney Knight with 15.4 and 5.9 rebounds, adding 1.5 assists. Kaneisha Atwater and Stephanie Haas chip in 14.1 and 12.4 points, respectively. FGCU makes nearly 10 threes a game and average 78.9 points per contest.
• Karl Smesko, in his 13th year on the bench at FGCU, holds a record of 326-66 (.830) in 12-plus seasons at FGCU with a mark of 182-43 (.808) in Division I play. In six seasons in the Atlantic Sun, Smesko-led teams have compiled a record of 117-13 (.900) in conference games, which includes a 44-game win streak in regular-season conference play.
• This will be the first meeting between Harvard and FGCU. The Crimson has faced two-straight Atlantic Sun opponents (defeated Lipscomb).
Scouting Chattanooga (11-3, 0-0 Southern)
• Chattanooga sophomore Chelsey Shumpert drained a trio of triples to help the Mocs pull away from South Dakota to claim the UTSA Holiday Classic title in its last outing, posting a 67-54 win over the Coyotes. The Mocs are off to an 11-3 start and own a seven-game win streak.
• Keiana Gilbert paces UT-Chattanooga with 11.4 points per game, as Shumpert and Jasmine Joyner add 10.4 points apiece. Joyner nearly averages a double-double, adding a team-high 9.0 rebounds. The Mocs hold opponents to just 54.1 points per game, and shoot over 40 percent from the floor.
• Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Foster is in his second season at Chattanooga and his 37th as a collegiate head coach. Foster owns a 823-314 career record and in his first season with the Mocs went 29-4, including an undefeated Southern Conference season and a 25-game win streak.
• This will be the first meeting between Harvard and Chattanooga.
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 14.4 points and 11.5 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 10 games in 2014-15, most recently with 16 points and 16 rebounds against Northeastern. The senior from London, England ranks 34th 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 43.6 percent, averaging 4.4 makes per game. Dinkins has not attempted a field goal inside the arc this season, making 19-of-42. As a team, Harvard has made 8.0 threes per outing, with 40 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 36th in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game.
• Harvard is 6-0 when shooting greater than 38% from the floor. In each of its losses, the squad has shot under 33%.
• Harvard is 5-1 when making eight or more threes.
• The Crimson has utilized the arc this season, as 39.9 percent of its shots attempts come from behind the 3-point line. Five players (McDonnell, Curtis, Dinkins, Metoyer and Tummala) average 3.8 or more 3-point attempts per game.
• The Crimson is 4-0 when recording 19 or more assists. Sixty-nine (69) percent of its field goals this season have been assisted.
• Harvard takes 8.0 more free throws per game in wins than losses.
• The Crimson is 3-1 playing in games in the state of Massachusetts.
Road to 1,000
Temi Fagbenle owns 907 career points through three seasons and is just 93 points away from her 1,000th career point. If Fagbenle continues her average, she will hit the milestone against Princeton (Jan. 30). Beth Wambach is No. 18 all-time at Harvard in scoring with 1,026 points.
Temi Fagbenle sits just outside the top-10 all-time in rebounding with 628 career boards. Emma Markley owns 645 and ranks 10th all-time at Harvard.
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 524 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.
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 615-446.
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 nine games, Temi Fagbenle ranks first in the conference with 11.5 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in five of the last 10 contests. Fagbenle stands eighth in the country in rebounds per game and seventh in defensive rebounds. A season ago, Fagbenle paced the Crimson in rebounding 17 times. A Crimson student-athlete has pulled down double-digit rebounds 10 times this season.
Help A Friend
When Erin McDonnell dishes out two-plus assists, the Crimson sit at 5-2 this season and 16-5 dating back to the start of last year.
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 6-5 through 11 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 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 4-5 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 615-446 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 490 45-33
Columbia 230 56-2
Cornell 380 60-11
Dartmouth 552 43-32
Penn 463 49-24
Princeton 596 40-34
Yale 468 46-30
*including games on Jan. 1
Just Keep Winning
Harvard sits at 2-0 at home this season. 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 25 of its last 27 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).
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 6-3 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 117-14 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 60-10 against the Ivy League. The Crimson women are 52-9 (.852) 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 25 of its last 27 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 56-14 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 168 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.