Harvard vs. Rhode Island
Harvard vs. Toledo/Albany
Harvard women's basketball gears up for its first road trip of the season, heading to Kingston, Rhode Island this weekend for the URI Tip-Off Classic. The Crimson will face host Rhode Island Saturday at noon, before facing either Albany or Toledo on Sunday. The opponent will be determined by the outcome of each game (winners of day one will face off), but Harvard will play at 3 p.m., regardless.
Last Time Out
Senior AnnMarie Healy led Harvard to a 67-65 triumph over Massachusetts dishing out 18 points, while classmate Shilpa Tummala matched her career high of 17 points Wednesday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. Freshman Madeline Raster found an open lane with 18 seconds left to secure the win for the Crimson.
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Sydney Skinner has started both games, and combined with Madeline Raster and Nani Redford, have contributed 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
The Crimson returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad that went 14-14 overall, including senior captain AnnMarie Healy who posted 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Harvard finished the year strong, winning four straight and five of the last seven contests.
From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala owns eight triples on the season and ranks first in the conference and 10th in the country in three-point field goals per game. Owning 17.0 points per game, Tummala also sits No. 6 in the Ivy League in scoring.
Harvard was picked third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. The rankings mirror the final standings from last season, where the Crimson went 7-7 in conference play and knotted with Yale for third.
Harvard fell to 20-22 all-time in season openers and 17-17 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Scouting Rhode Island
• Rhode Island owns a 0-2 record after losses to Syracuse (57-54) and at Marshall (72-62). Against the Thundering Herd, a late 7-0 run would prove too much for the Rams despite its defense keeping Marshall under its season average.
• Charise Wilson paces Rhode Island with 19.0 points per game, adding 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Samantha Tabakman adds 10.0 points a team-best 6.5 rebounds as the only other player in double-figures.
• In her first season at Rhode Island, head coach Daynia La-Force led the biggest single-season turnaround in program history a year ago. The Rams finished 17-13, markinga10-win improvement over the 2013-14season in which Rhody went 7-23. With an 8-8 record in A-10 play, La-Force recorded as many conference wins as the team had won in its previous six seasons combined.
• The Crimson leads the all-time series, 8-7 and has won four-straight in the series. The two teams have not met since 2013, a 63-56 Harvard win.
• Toledo enters the weekend at 0-2 after playing Arizona and No. 3 Notre Dame. UT was limited to 23.7 percent (14-of-59) from the field, including 11.8 percent (2-of-17) from three-point range.
• Brenae Harris is the lone scorer in double-figures with 10.0 points per game, adding 2.0 assists. Sophie Reecher and Mikaela Boyd add 9.5 and 8.5 points, respectively. Reecher paces the team with 5.0 rebounds.
• In her eighth year at Toledo and 16th overall as a head coach, Tricia Cullop has amassed a 160-74 overall record with the Midnight Blue and Gold, including an 84-32 conference mark. Individually, eight Rockets have earned All-MAC honors on 18 occasions.
• This could be the first meeting between Harvard and Toledo.
• Albany stands undefeated at 2-0 entering the weekend after besting Pepperdine and Boston University. In the rematch between former conference foes, the Great Danes dominated from start to finish to take down BU, 83-43, on the road Wednesday.
• Junior Imani Tate and senior Shereesha Richards are each averaging over 20 points a game, as Tate posts 22.0 points and 7.5 boards. Richards adds 21.5 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds. Tiana-Jo Carter chips in 11.0 points and 7.0 assists per game.
• A three-time America East Coach of the Year, Katie Abrahamson-Henderson enters her sixth season at the helm of the Great Dane program after leading UAlbany to four-consecutive America East titles with a combined 118-42 overall tally and 68-12 conference record in her first five years.
• The Crimson and Great Danes have met just twice before, in 2000 and 2001. Harvard earned wins in both meetings, including a 68-55 victory in the last meeting.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard broke the record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer against Dartmouth last year (1/24/15). The Crimson has made at least one three-point field goal in 187-consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
After averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore, forward AnnMarie Healy broke out a year ago, posting 13.4 points per game on 52.0 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native continued the trend in 2015-16, posting 14.0 points and a team-high 5.0 rebounds in 2015-16.
Captaining the Ship
Rising seniors AnnMarie Healy and Kit Metoyer were named captains for 2015-16.
Healy, who also earned the Most Improved Player Award, upped her averages from 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds a season ago to 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds as a junior. The Edina, Minnesota native started 25 of 27 games and scored in double-figures 19 times, including a career-high 24 points in a win over Yale.
Metoyer, a Houston product, started eight of 28 games played, posting 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. She tallied a season-high 15 points at Cornell and recorded seven-plus points 10 times.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 624-456 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.................... 499............................................... 46-34
Columbia............. 236.................................................. 57-3
Cornell ................. 390............................................... 62-11
Dartmouth......... 557............................................... 44-33
Penn...................... 480............................................... 49-26
Princeton............ 614............................................... 40-36
Yale......................... 478............................................... 48-30
*as of Nov. 18, 2015
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 533 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 during the 2013-14 season. Delaney-Smith also owns 313 career wins in the conference – the most of any men's or women's coach – with her 300th coming against Yale Feb. 8, 2014.
Delaney-Smith, in her 33rd season at the helm of the Crimson, earned her 500th win in 2013-14, joining a group of 28 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. She is also one of four active Division I head coaches to spend 33-plus years at one institution.
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First to 600
Harvard recorded the 600th win in program history in 2013-14. 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 624-455.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, the Crimson outrebounded its opponent 19 times last year. Harvard owned a 10-9 mark when controlling the glass. This season, Harvard is 1-0 when outrebounding opponents.
The Crimson overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat NJIT Jan. 18, 2015 - its largest comeback since Feb. 20, 2009 (defeated Princeton, 54-50, after trailing by 22). Harvard won five games a season ago when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a two-point halftime deficit to edge UMass, 67-65, on Nov. 18.
Five Crimson players are posting a 37 percent or higher shooting percentage this season. Shilpa Tummala leads the pack with 52.4 percent shooting, followed by AnnMarie Healy at 52.2 percent. Destiny Nunley and Taylor Finley are at a 50.0 clip each.
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 has posted .500-or-better records away from home over the last four seasons. Harvard was 8-8 away from Lavietes in 2014-15.
The Crimson owned a 1-0 record in overtime games last 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, 2014.
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 39-4 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 64-18 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
The Crimson will be back at home against Boston University Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2015.