The Harvard women's basketball team starts anew with the 14-game tournament, as Dartmouth heads to Lavietes Pavilion to begin Ivy League play. The Crimson and Big Green are set to meet Saturday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network with Scott Sudikoff, Eliza Halmo and Andy Towne on the call.
Last Time Out
Harvard lost a 54-52 heartbreaking decision at the horn to Chattanooga, who is receiving votes in the latest AP Top-25 poll, Monday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Junior forward AnnMarie Healy set a new career high with 20 points, including 10 points over the final 5:15. The Crimson put forth a valiant effort in the second half, shooting 60 percent from the field and outscoring the Mocs, 35-28. Harvard also overcame an 11-point deficit with just 4:45 to play to knot the game at 52-52 with 29 seconds remaining.
- A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in 10 of the 12 games this season. Junior AnnMarie Healy has led the squad in two games.
- Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 11 of 13 contests.
- The Crimson has knocked in five-plus threes in 11 of 13 games this season.
- Harvard has connected at a 75 percent or better clip from the free throw line in nine 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 6-3 this season.
- Harvard posted an 8-0 record when allowing 59 points or fewer in 2013-14. Harvard is 1-1 this year.
- When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson was 9-0 last season and 2-0 this season.
Scouting Dartmouth (9-5, 0-0 Ivy League)
• Dartmouth held the second-best record of Ivy teams through the nonconference slate, standing at 9-5 overall. The Big Green head into the weekend on a four-game win streak, besting Loyola Chicago, Niagara, Rhode Island and Oakland.
• Fanni Szabo and Lakin Roland return for Dartmouth, posting 18.2 and 13.3 points, respectively. Roland paces the Big Green with 9.5 boards per game. Dartmouth averages just 58.8 points per game.
• In her second year with the Big Green, Belle Koclanes posted a 5-23 record a season ago, but the team has nearly doubled its win total halfway through 2014-15. Koclanes arrived in Hanover from American University, where she spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
• Harvard leads the all-time series with Dartmouth 42-32. The Crimson has won two-straight and eight of the last nine against the Big Green. Last year, Harvard downed Dartmouth in its second meeting, 77-59, as Christine Clark '14 paced the Crimson with 17 points.
Road to 1,000
Temi Fagbenle owns 936 career points through three seasons and is just 64 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 at No. 10 all-time at Harvard in rebounding with 647 career boards. Beth Chandler (84-88) owns 697 and is next on the list.
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 14.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, has recorded 23 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 six double-doubles in 2014-15, most recently with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Chattanooga. The senior from London, England ranks 30th in the NCAA in double-doubles.
After averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore, junior forward AnnMarie Healy has broken out this season, posting 12.6 points per game on 51.8 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native has started 11 games – the first of her career – and is adding a personal-best 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals.
Let It Rain
Red hot from beyond the 3-point line, senior captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins are shooting 44.0 percent, averaging 4.1 makes per game. Dinkins has not attempted a field goal inside the arc this season, making 21-of-45. As a team, Harvard has made 7.5 threes per outing, with 38.6 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 34th in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game.
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. This will mark the 15th-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.
This and That
• Harvard is 6-2 when shooting greater than 38% from the floor.
• Harvard is 5-2 when making eight or more threes.
• The Crimson has utilized the arc this season, as 38.6 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 4-0 when recording 19 or more assists. Sixty-eight (68) 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 3-3 playing in games in the state of Massachusetts.
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 615-448.
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 13 games, Temi Fagbenle ranks first in the conference with 11.2 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in six of the last 12 contests. Fagbenle stands 14th in the country in rebounds per game and 13th in defensive rebounds. A season ago, Fagbenle paced the Crimson in rebounding 17 times. A Crimson student-athlete has pulled down double-digit rebounds 11 times this season.
Help A Friend
Senior guard Ali Curtis has dished out five-plus assists seven times this season, most recently six against Chattanooga. The point guard holds 189 helpers over her career.
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.
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 in 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 491 45-33
Columbia 230 56-2
Cornell 381 60-11
Dartmouth 553 43-32
Penn 464 49-24
Princeton 597 40-34
Yale 468 46-30
*including games on Jan. 6
Just Keep Winning
Harvard sits at 2-2 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 29 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 (20 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 6-5 when outrebounding its opponent.
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 35-3 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 56-16 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 170 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.