Wrapping up its road swing, Harvard women's basketball heads south to face Penn and No. 16/17 Princeton this weekend. The Crimson and Quakers will square off first Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Palestra. Harvard and Princeton are set to tip at Jadwin Gymnasium Saturday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. on ESPN3. Both games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
With a late 14-3 run and a strong defensive effort, Harvard edged Cornell, 61-57, last Saturday at Newman Arena. The Crimson was paced by senior captain Erin McDonnell who finished with 17 points as sophomore Kit Metoyer added a season-high 12 points in the win. The Crimson (10-12, 3-5) overcame a tough shooting night from behind the arc (2-15) to outscore Cornell 28-12 in the paint and grind out the victory. Seven student-athletes contributed to the final score as junior Shilpa Tummala dished out a personal-best five assists. The Crimson fell to Columbia, 59-43, Friday night.
2014-15 RECORD: 14-7, 5-2 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 49-25
LAST MEETING: L, 74-69 (1/31/15)
LAST WIN: W, 67-54 (3/2/13)
• Penn has won six of its last seven contests, tripping against Cornell (60-49) before rattling off three-straight wins. Starting with this weekend, the Quakers will be home for five of the final seven home games. Penn owns an 8-3 mark at home this year.
• Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich and senior Kathleen Roche each average in double-figures, posting 10.4 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. Stipanovich adds 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks to her stat line.
• In his sixth season as the head coach of Penn, Mike McLaughlin owns a career record of 487-146 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.
• The Crimson leads the all-time series 49-25, but Penn has won four of the last five contests. A late push by the Crimson would not be enough earlier this season against Penn, as Harvard dropped a 74-69 decision at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson was led by 19 points from senior forward Temi Fagbenle, who passed 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.
Scouting No. 16/17 Princeton
2014-15 RECORD: 23-0, 7-0 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 40-35
LAST MEETING: L, 96-46 (1/30/15)
LAST WIN: W, 78-68 (1/31/14)
• 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.
• 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 161-66 over eight seasons.
• The Crimson leads the all-time series against Princeton, 40-35. Earlier this season, Harvard dropped a 96-46 decision to the then-No. 19/21 Princeton at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson was paced by senior forward Temi Fagbenle with 13 points. Junior guard Shilpa Tummala chipped in nine points and five rebounds. Freshman Kirby Porter posted a career-high seven points, adding three rebounds.
Temi Fagbenle became the 19th member of Harvard's 1,000-point club vs. Penn Jan. 31. The London product has totaled 1,073 career points through three seasons, good for No. 16 all-time. Elizabeth Proudfit is next at No. 15 with 1,113 points.
Temi Fagbenle sits at No. 9 all-time at Harvard in rebounding with 731 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 179 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
• A senior has paced the Crimson in scoring in 18 of the 22 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 14 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 4-2 this year.
• When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson was 9-0 last season and 2-1 this season.
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a double-double with 14.7 points and 10.4 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).
After averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore, junior forward AnnMarie Healy has broken out this season, posting 12.1 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native has started 18 games – the first of her career – and is adding a personal-best 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.6 steals.
Let It Rain
Red hot from beyond the 3-point line, senior captains Erin McDonnell and Kaitlyn Dinkins are shooting 41.2 percent, averaging 3.2 makes per game. Dinkins has attempted one field goal inside the arc this season, making 22-of-49. As a team, Harvard has made 6.5 threes per outing, with 33.6 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 78th 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 2.2 or more 3-point attempts per game.
• The Crimson is 4-0 when recording 19 or more assists. Over 63 percent of its field goals this season have been assisted.
• Harvard takes 6.9 more free throws per game in wins than losses.
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 528 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 309 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
Temi Fagbenle ranks first in the conference with 10.4 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in six of the last nine contests. Fagbenle stands 48th 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 18 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.
Five Crimson players shoot greater than 40 percent (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy paces Harvard with a 50.2 percent clip from the floor and Temi Fagbenle is not far behind, making 47.1. Despite taking almost exclusively threes this season, Kaitlyn Dinkins owns a 44.0 percent shooting average and fellow captain Erin McDonnell connects at a 40.9 percent clip. Rookie Anna Lachenauer has found her own as the season has progressed, shooting 40.5 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 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 619-453.
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 6-6 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 619-453 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 233 56-3
Cornell 387 61-11
Dartmouth 554 44-33
Penn 471 49-25
Princeton 604 40-35
Yale 475 47-30
*including games on Feb. 18
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
Twelve (12) 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), Maddy Tessier-Kay (1 rebound) and Shilpa Tummala (5 assists).
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 38-4 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 60-17 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.