Women’s Basketball Challenges No. 19/21 Princeton, Penn at Lavietes

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Harvard vs. Princeton
Friday, Jan. 30
7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Harvard vs. Penn
Saturday, Jan. 31
6 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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The Storyline
The Ivy League weekends begin, as Harvard women's basketball hosts No. 19/21 Princeton and Penn this weekend at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson will face off against its second ranked opponent of the year (No. 3/2 Notre Dame) as the Tigers visit Lavietes Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. The game can be seen regionally on NESN, and will be available to the rest of the world via the Ivy League Digital Network. Harvard and Penn will tip off Saturday at 6 p.m. live nationally on ESPN3. 

Last Time Out
A late push by Harvard to overcome a 14-point deficit late in the second half gave the Crimson a 75-69 win over Dartmouth last Saturday at Leede Arena. Five Crimson student-athletes posted double-figures and Harvard went 18-of-23 from the free throw line to secure the win. The Crimson (8-8, 1-1) was paced by 17 points by junior forward AnnMarie Healy. Healy, who is averaging 19 points over her last three games played, went 8-for-13 from the field and added three steals.


•  A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in 12 of the 16 games this season. Junior AnnMarie Healy has led the squad in four games.

•  Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 13 contests. 

•  The Crimson has knocked in five-plus threes in 12 games this season.

•  Harvard has connected at a 75 percent or better clip from the free throw line in 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 6-3 this season.

•  Harvard posted an 8-0 record when allowing 59 points or fewer in 2013-14. Harvard is 2-1 this year.

•  When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson was 9-0 last season and 2-0 this season. 

Scouting No. 19/21 Princeton (17-0, 1-0)
2014-15 RECORD: 17-0, 1-0 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 40-34
LAST MEETING: L, 69-64 (2/22/14)
LAST WIN: W, 78-68 (1/31/14)
Streak: L1

•    Princeton has had a 20-day lay-off after defeating Penn, 83-54, to start Ivy League play. The Tigers remain undefeated on the season, and became the first Ancient Eight team to be ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll Jan. 6.

•    Senior guard Blake Dietrick paces a trio of double-figure Tiger scorers with 15.8 points, adding 5.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds. Junior Michelle Miller adds 12.9 points per game, and classmate Annie Tarakchian leads Princeton with 9.4 rebounds, adding 10.3 points.  

•    Head coach Courtney Banghart led Princeton to its fifth-straight 20-win season in 2013-14 and has won the Ivy League crown in four of the last five seasons. A 2000 graduate of Dartmouth College, Banghart owns a record of 155-66 over eight seasons.  

•  The Crimson leads the all-time series against Princeton, 40-34. Last year, the two squads split the home-and-home series, with each team winning on its opponent's home court. At Lavietes, the Tigers came away with a 69-64 win despite a gritty effort from the Crimson and 23 points, nine rebounds from Christine Clark '14. Earning its first win at Jadwin Gym since 2009, Harvard defeated Princeton, 78-68, in game one behind 25 points from Clark. 

Scouting Penn (9-6, 0-1)
2014-15 RECORD: 9-6, 0-1 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 49-24
LAST MEETING: L, 63-50 (2/21/14)
LAST WIN: W, 67-54 (3/2/13)
Streak: L2

•    Sitting at 9-6 overall and 0-1 in Ivy League play, Penn leaves the Mid-Atlantic for the first time since the season opener against Tennessee. Penn is 2-2 over its last four contests.

•    Sophomore center Sydney Stipanovich paces the Quakers with 10.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. As a team, Penn averages just 58.5 points per game, but also only allows 54.3 points. Senior guard Kathleen Roche chips in 8.7 points.  

•    In his sixth season as the head coach of Penn, Mike McLaughlin owns a career record of 482-145 and has posted 20-plus wins in 15 of his last 19 seasons. A year ago, McLaughlin led the Quakers to their first Ivy League title and NCAA tournament berth in 10 years.

•  - Last season, Harvard dropped both match-ups against Penn, as the Quakers snapped the Crimson's 21-game home winning streak. It marked the first time since 2001 that Penn got the best of Harvard in both games. The Crimson leads the all-time series 49-23, but Penn has won three of the last four contests.

Road to 1,000
Temi Fagbenle owns 978 career points through three seasons and is just 22 points away from her 1,000th career point. If Fagbenle continues her average, she will hit the milestone against Penn this weekend. Beth Wambach is No. 18 all-time at Harvard in scoring with 1,026 points. 

Board Machine
Temi Fagbenle sits at No. 10 all-time at Harvard in rebounding with 676 career boards. Beth Chandler (84-88) owns 697 and is next on the list.

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard broke the record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer against Dartmouth (1/24/15). The Crimson has made at least one three-point field goal in 173 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.

Double Trouble
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 14.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, has recorded 24 double-doubles over her career. Fagbenle has seven double-doubles in 2014-15, most recently with 14 points and 13 rebounds against Dartmouth.

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).

Hot-Handed Healy
After averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore, junior forward AnnMarie Healy has broken out this season, posting 13.4 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native has started 13 games – the first of her career – and is adding a personal-best 6.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals.

In Ivy League play, Healy has boosted her average to 18.5 points per game, adding 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

Let It Rain
Red hot from beyond the 3-point line, senior captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins are shooting 42.1 percent, averaging 3.5 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 6.9 threes per outing, with 35.8 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 50th in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game. 

This and That
•    Harvard is 8-2 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 35.8 percent of its shots attempts come from behind the 3-point line. Five players (McDonnell, Curtis, Dinkins, Metoyer and Tummala) average 2.8 or more 3-point attempts per game.

•    The Crimson is 4-0 when recording 19 or more assists. Over 64 percent of its field goals this season have been assisted.

•               Harvard takes 6.8 more free throws per game in wins than losses. 

The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 526 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 owns 307 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.

Boards on Boards
Through 16 games, Temi Fagbenle ranks second in the conference with 10.9 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in three of the last four contests. Fagbenle stands 20th in the country in rebounds per game and 21st in defensive rebounds. A season ago, Fagbenle paced the Crimson in rebounding 17 times. A Crimson student-athlete has pulled down double-digit rebounds 14 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 196 helpers over her career. 

Hot Handed
Five Crimson players shoot greater than 40 percent (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy paces Harvard with a 52.4 percent clip from the floor and Temi Fagbenle is not far behind, making 49.7. Despite only taking threes this season, Kaitlyn Dinkins owns a 46.7 percent shooting average and fellow captain Erin McDonnell connects at a 42.1 percent clip. Rookie Anna Lachenauer has found her own as the season has progressed, shooting 41.4 percent from the floor.   

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 617-449.

Ivy Openers
Harvard sits at 23-18 all-time in Ivy League openers and 20-13 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 15-straight seasons, with Harvard holding a 9-6 edge in those contests. 

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.

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.

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 5-5 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 617-449 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            492              45-33

Columbia        232               56-2

Cornell           384              60-11

Dartmouth     553              44-33

Penn              466              49-24

Princeton       598              40-34

Yale                472              46-30

*including games on Jan. 29

Just Keep Winning
Harvard sits at 3-3 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 26 of its last 31 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
Eleven (10) Crimson student-athletes have matched or bested their career highs in points, rebounds and/or assists this season: Ali Curtis (22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists), Kaitlyn Dinkins (14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), Temi Fagbenle (24 rebounds, 5 assists), AnnMarie Healy (20 points, 11 rebounds), Grace Keane (4 rebounds), Anna Lachenauer (9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist), Erin McDonnell (13 rebounds), Kit Metoyer (7 assists), Destiny Nunley (7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists), Kirby Porter (4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist), and Maddy Tessier-Kay (1 rebound).

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 7-6 when outrebounding its opponent.

Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 36-3 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 58-16 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 13-point halftime deficit to take down Dartmouth, 75-69, on Jan. 24. In the game before, Harvard overcame a 17-point disadvantage to overtake NJIT, 66-54, Jan. 18.  

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.