Hitting the Road for Six of the Last Eight, Women’s Basketball Travels to Columbia, Cornell

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Harvard vs. Columbia
Friday, Feb. 13
7 p.m.
Levien Gymnasium 
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Harvard vs. Cornell
Saturday, Feb. 14
6 p.m.
Newman Arena
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The Storyline
Away from home for six of the final eight games, Harvard women's basketball hits the road to square off against Columbia and Cornell this weekend. Both games can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network. The Crimson and Lions tip off Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Harvard and Cornell are set for a Valentine's Day tip at 6 p.m.

Last Time Out
Pressure defense and six triples by senior captain Erin McDonnell led Harvard past Yale, 65-66, last Saturday at Lavietes Pavilion in front of 1,854 fans. The Crimson was led by a balanced scoring attack as eight athletes contributed to the final score. Harvard halted a seven-game Bulldogs win streak, knocking off the top team in the Ancient Eight. McDonnell hit six of 10 from behind the arc – the 10th-most in Crimson history – adding eight rebounds and two blocks. Senior forward Temi Fagbenle moved into a tie for No. 16 with 1,055 career points, posting 17 points and nine rebounds in the win.

•               A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in 16 of the 20 games this season. Junior AnnMarie Healy has led the squad in four games.
•  Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 17 contests. 
•  The Crimson has knocked in five-plus threes in 15 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 7-4 this season.
•  Harvard posted an 8-0 record when allowing 59 points or fewer in 2013-14. Harvard is 3-1 this year.
•  When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson was 9-0 last season and 2-1 this season.

Scouting Columbia (6-14, 0-6)
2014-15 RECORD: 6-14, 0-6 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 56-2
LAST MEETING: W, 64-51 (3/1/14)
Streak: W11
•    The Lions have yet to collect a win in Ivy League play, after wrapping the nonconference slate at 6-8. Columbia last faced Princeton and Penn, dropping both contests by 20-plus points.

•    Tori Oliver paces a trio of double-figure scorers with 17.1 points per game, adding 6.6 rebounds. Camille Zimmerman and Alexa Giuliano add 14.3 and 11.2 points per game, respectively. Zimmerman also pulls down 6.3 boards per game.

•    The Crimson has won 11-straight meetings in the series against Columbia, and holds a 56-2 all-time record. Last year, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith earned career win No. 515 to pass Pete Carril for most wins by an Ivy League coach as Harvard downed Columbia, 64-51, behind a career night from junior forward Temi Fagbenle. Fagbenle registered her 10th double-double of the season with a personal-best 31 points and 18 rebounds.

•  In her second season roaming the Columbia sidelines, Stephanie Glance came to New York from Illinois State University and has more than 25 years of Division I coaching experience.

Scouting Cornell (13-7, 4-2)
2014-15 RECORD: 13-7, 4-2 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 60-11
LAST MEETING: W, 70-66 (2/28/14)
Streak: W13
•    Cornell enters the weekend at 13-7, including a 4-2 mark in Ancient Eight play. The Big Red has fallen to the top two teams in the conference, Yale (60-53) and Princeton (75-47). Cornell has won seven of its last nine contests.

•    Nia Marshall posts 17.0 points per game for the Big Red, adding 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Nicholle Aston registers 12.2 points and 7.2 boards per contest. Cornell shoots 40.1 percent from the field, but makes just 3.2 triples per game.

•    Winning each of the last 13 meetings against the Big Red, Harvard holds a 60-11 all-time series record with Cornell. A season ago, the Crimson came back from an early 15-point deficit to best Cornell, 70-66, at Newman Arena. Christine Clark '14 accounted for 18 points and seven rebounds, while Temi Fagbenle filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

•  In her 12 seasons at the helm of the Big Red program, Dayna Smith, the Rebecca Quinn Morgan '60 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, has moved into the winningest coach in the history of the program. Smith's players have earned 21 All-Ivy honors, one Player of the Year accolade and one All-America selection.

Club 1,000 
Temi Fagbenle became the 19th member of Harvard's 1,000-point club vs. Penn Jan. 31. The London product has totaled 1,055 career points through three seasons, tied for No. 16 all-time with Elaine Holpuch. Elizabeth Proudfit is next at No. 15 with 1,113 points. 

Board Machine
Temi Fagbenle sits at No. 9 all-time at Harvard in rebounding with 711 career boards. Elaine Holpuch (78-82) owns 757 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 177 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 15.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, has recorded 26 double-doubles over her career. Fagbenle has nine double-doubles in 2014-15, most recently with 28 points and 12 rebounds against Brown.

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 12.6 points per game on 51.5 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native has started 17 games – the first of her career – and is adding a personal-best 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.5 steals.

Let It Rain
Red hot from beyond the 3-point line, senior captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins are shooting 44.8 percent, averaging 3.5 makes per game. Dinkins has attempted one field goal inside the arc this season, making 22-of-49. As a team, Harvard has made 6.8 threes per outing, with 33.9 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 57th in the NCAA in three point field goals made per game.

This and That
•    Harvard is 8-4 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 2.4 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 6.2 more free throws per game in wins than losses. 

The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 527 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 308 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 20 games, Temi Fagbenle ranks first in the conference with 10.5 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in five of the last seven contests. Fagbenle stands 33rd 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 17 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 206 helpers over her career. 

Hot Handed
Five Crimson players shoot greater than 38 percent (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy paces Harvard with a 51.5 percent clip from the floor and Temi Fagbenle is not far behind, making 48.2. Despite taking almost exclusively threes this season, Kaitlyn Dinkins owns a 44.0 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 38.5 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

Social Stream
Use the all new Social Stream on 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 618-452.

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 618-452 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            495              45-34

Columbia        232               56-2

Cornell           386              60-11

Dartmouth     553              44-33

Penn              469              49-25

Princeton       602              40-35

Yale                475              47-30

*including games on Feb. 10

Just Keep Winning
Harvard sits at 4-6 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 27 of its last 34 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 (9 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 8-8 when outrebounding its opponent.

Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 37-3 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 59-16 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Comeback Kids
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.