Harvard women's basketball wraps its home stand with Brown and Yale this weekend. The Crimson and Bears tip off Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard welcomes Yale for Pack the House Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. live nationally on ESPN3. Both contests can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. After this weekend, the Crimson will return to being road warriors, finishing with six of its final eight games away from home.
Fans should be aware that because of the recent weather in Boston, parking is limited at the athletic complex and cars will be charged $10 for all Friday and Saturday contests.
Last Time Out
A late push by Harvard would not be enough, as the Crimson dropped a 74-69 decision to Penn last Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson finished 0-2 on the weekend, but 19 points from senior forward Temi Fagbenle against the Quakers pushed her past the 1,000-point threshold for her career. The London, England native registered her eighth double-double of the year with 11 rebounds, adding three assists and two blocks. Senior captain Erin McDonnell chipped in 15 points and a personal-best four steals. Junior AnnMarie Healy rounded a trio of double-figure scorers with 11 points.
• A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in 14 of the 18 games this season. Junior AnnMarie Healy has led the squad in four games.
• Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 15 contests.
• The Crimson has knocked in five-plus threes in 13 games this season.
• Harvard has connected at a 75 percent or better clip from the free throw line in 12 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 6-4 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 Brown (7-11, 1-3)
2014-15 RECORD: 7-11, 1-3 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 45-33
LAST MEETING: W, 87-67 (3/8/14)
LAST WIN: Same
• Brown had dropped three-straight in Ivy League play before defeating Columbia, 85-67, in its last time out. Sophie Bikofsky recorded 23 points and three Bears all registered career-high days.
• Jordin Alexander (15.9) and Bikofsky (12.9) are the lone double-figure scorers for Brown, although Janie White, Rebecca Musgrove and Ellise Sharpe all average seven-plus points per contest. White paces all rebounders with 7.1 boards per game. The Bears shoot 38.2 percent from the field, and are averaging 63.8 points in Ancient Eight play.
• Harvard owns the all-time series advantage with 45 wins in the 78 meetings. The Crimson has taken four-straight meetings, including a 87-67 win in March last year. On Senior Day, the quartet of 2014 grads combined for 55 of the 87 points.
• Sarah Behn was named the Elizabeth F. Turner '98 Coaching Chair for women's basketball on May 21, 2014, becoming the ninth coach in Bears history. Behn came to Providence after spending three seasons as the head coach of UMass Lowell, guiding the Riverhawks to Division I in 2013-14.
Scouting Yale (10-8, 4-0)
2014-15 RECORD: 10-8, 4-0 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 46-30
LAST MEETING: W, 69-65 (3/7/14)
LAST WIN: Same
• Yale enters the weekend at 10-8, but riding a six-game win streak. The Bulldogs started Ivy League play 4-0 for the first time since the 1979-80 season and sit atop the Ancient Eight rankings. Most recently, Yale swept Columbia (55-47) and Cornell (60-53).
• The lone double-figure scorer, senior guard Sarah Halejian paces the Bulldogs with 14.9 points per game, adding 4.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds. Sophomore forward Katie Werner is a force down low, collecting a team-high 6.5 rebounds and adding 9.5 points.
• The Crimson leads the all-time series against Yale, 46-30, including wins in each of the last five meetings. A season ago, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith became the Ivy League's all-time winningest coach against the Bulldogs with a 69-65 victory. Harvard was led by Temi Fagbenle, who registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
• Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach, has coached the Bulldogs to 66 wins in the last five seasons. Under Gobrecht's leadership, Yale has also recorded the top two marks for most Ivy League wins in a four-year span with 34 Ivy victories set by the Class of 2013 and 33 wins set by the Class of 2014.
Temi Fagbenle became the 19th member of Harvard's 1,000-point club vs. Penn Saturday, totaling 1,010 career points through three seasons. 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 690 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 175 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, has recorded 25 double-doubles over her career. Fagbenle has eight double-doubles in 2014-15, most recently with 19 points and 11 rebounds against Penn.
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).
After averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore, junior forward AnnMarie Healy has broken out this season, posting 12.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native has started 15 games – the first of her career – and is adding a personal-best 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.2 steals.
Let It Rain
Red hot from beyond the 3-point line, senior captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins are shooting 43.4 percent, averaging 3.5 makes per game. Dinkins has not attempted a field goal inside the arc this season, making 21-of-46. As a team, Harvard has made 6.8 threes per outing, with 34.5 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 61st in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game.
This and That
• Harvard is 8-3 when shooting greater than 38% from the floor.
• Harvard is 5-3 when making eight or more threes.
• The Crimson has utilized the arc this season, as five players (McDonnell, Curtis, Dinkins, Metoyer and Tummala) average 2.6 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 6.1 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 18 games, Temi Fagbenle ranks first in the conference with 10.4 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in four of the last six contests. Fagbenle stands 26th in the country in rebounds per game. A season ago, Fagbenle paced the Crimson in rebounding 17 times. A Crimson student-athlete has pulled down double-digit rebounds 15 times this season.
Help A Friend
Senior guard Ali Curtis has dished out five-plus assists eight times this season, most recently seven against Penn. The point guard holds 204 helpers over her career.
Five Crimson players shoot greater than 37 percent (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy paces Harvard with a 50.5 percent clip from the floor and Temi Fagbenle is not far behind, making 48.2. Despite only taking threes this season, Kaitlyn Dinkins owns a 44.7 percent shooting average and fellow captain Erin McDonnell connects at a 41.8 percent clip. Rookie Anna Lachenauer has found her own as the season has progressed, shooting 37.1 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.
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 617-451.
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.
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.
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 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 617-451 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 493 45-33
Columbia 232 56-2
Cornell 385 60-11
Dartmouth 553 44-33
Penn 468 49-25
Princeton 600 40-35
Yale 474 46-30
*including games on Feb. 3
Just Keep Winning
Harvard sits at 3-5 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 33 games at Lavietes.
Better and Better
Eleven (11) 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 (7 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 7-7 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.
The Crimson overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat NJIT Jan. 18, 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.
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.