Harvard women's basketball hosts its final home weekend against Cornell and Columbia this Friday and Saturday. The Crimson and Big Red are set to meet Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Harvard and Columbia will tip Saturday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., honoring it's the Class of 2015 beforehand. Both games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Friends and family unable to make it to the game for Senior Night are invited to tune in to the broadcast a few minutes before 6 p.m. to watch the ceremony in its entirety.
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. More information is available here.
Last Time Out
Harvard could not unseat No. 16/17 Princeton Saturday evening at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Crimson was led by 18 points apiece from senior forward Temi Fagbenle and junior AnnMarie Healy. Fagbenle added 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. The Crimson shot 36.2 (25-69) from the field, but struggled from behind the arc, making just 3-of-23. Sophomore guard Kit Metoyer scored six points and added a personal-best eight rebounds, as well as four assists. Senior captain Erin McDonnell dished out six helpers.
2014-15 RECORD: 15-9, 6-4 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 61-11
LAST MEETING: W, 61-57 (2/14/15)
LAST WIN: Same
• Cornell heads to Cambridge with a 15-9 record, including a 6-4 mark in Ancient Eight play. The Big Red went 1-1 since the last time the two teams met, besting Yale (56-37) and falling to Brown (58-51). Cornell has won nine of its last 13 contests.
• Nia Marshall posts 17.3 points per game for the Big Red, adding 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Nicholle Aston registers 12.0 points and 7.3 boards per contest. Cornell shoots 40.7 percent from the field, but makes just 3.2 triples per game.
• Winning each of the last 14 meetings against the Big Red, Harvard holds a 61-11 all-time series record with Cornell. On Valentine's Day this year, a late 14-3 run and strong defensive effort propelled Harvard past Cornell, 61-57. 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.
• 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.
2014-15 RECORD: 8-16, 2-8 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 56-3
LAST MEETING: L, 59-43 (2/13/15)
LAST WIN: W, 64-51 (3/1/14)
• The Lions split last weekend, besting Brown (83-74) before falling to Yale, 67-57. Columbia is 2-2 over its last four games after starting conference play at 0-6. The Lions own a 1-9 mark on the road.
• Tori Oliver paces a trio of double-figure scorers with 17.2 points per game, adding 6.6 rebounds. Camille Zimmerman and Alexa Giuliano add 13.5 and 10.5 points per game, respectively. Zimmerman also pulls down 6.2 boards per game. Zimmerman earned her sixth Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor Monday, finishing the week with 14.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg
• The Crimson had won 11-straight meetings in the series against Columbia before dropping a 59-43 decision Feb. 13. The Crimson holds a 56-3 all-time record.
• 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.
Temi Fagbenle became the 19th member of Harvard's 1,000-point club vs. Penn Jan. 31. The London product has totaled 1,094 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 745 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 181 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 19 of the 24 games this season. Junior AnnMarie Healy has led the squad in six games.
• Temi Fagbenle has registered double-digits in 18 contests. Erin McDonnell has paced the Crimson 21 times this season.
• The Crimson has knocked in five-plus threes in 16 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 14.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, has recorded 27 double-doubles over her career. Fagbenle has 10 double-doubles in 2014-15, most recently with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Princeton.
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 12.7 points per game on 49.6 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native has started 21 games – the first of her career – and is adding a personal-best 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 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 41.6 percent. Dinkins has attempted one field goal inside the arc this season, making 23-of-54. As a team, Harvard has made 6.4 threes per outing, with 33.7 percent of its shot attempts coming from downtown. Harvard ranks 80th 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 5-4 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 62 percent of its field goals this season have been assisted.
• Harvard takes 7.0 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 10.1 boards per game, pulling down 10-plus rebounds in seven of the last 10 contests. Fagbenle stands 37th 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 20 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 38 percent (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy paces Harvard with a 49.6 percent clip from the floor and Temi Fagbenle is not far behind, making 46.6. Despite taking almost exclusively threes this season, Kaitlyn Dinkins owns a 41.8 percent shooting average and fellow captain Erin McDonnell connects at a 40.7 percent clip. Rookie Anna Lachenauer has found her own as the season has progressed, shooting 38.6 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 619-455.
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 6-8 away from Lavietes in 2014-15.
We The People
A pair of Harvard basketball alums won election to office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this year, 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 619-455 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 496 45-34
Columbia 234 56-3
Cornell 388 61-11
Dartmouth 554 44-33
Penn 473 49-26
Princeton 606 40-36
Yale 476 47-30
*including games on Feb. 25
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 (8 rebounds, 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 8-9 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.