Women’s Basketball Welcomes BU to Lavietes

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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Harvard vs. Boston University
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Nick Koop, Andy Towne
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Harvard (2-2)
BU (0-3)
Series tied, 15-15
L, 63-62 (Nov. 17, 2014)
L1


The Storyline
Harvard women's basketball will be back at Lavietes Pavilion for a midweek tilt against local foe Boston University Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on NESNplus and can also be watched on the Ivy League Digital Network with Nick Koop and Andy Towne on the call.    

Last Time Out
A strong fourth quarter by senior captain AnnMarie Healy and freshman Madeline Raster led the Harvard women's basketball team (2-2) past Toledo, 76-70, Sunday afternoon at the Ryan Center on the final day of the URI Tip-Off Classic. Healy posted 20 points and five rebounds, while Raster added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Immediate Impact
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Sydney Skinner has started three games and Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have one start apiece. The trio has combined for 12.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Raster sits third on the team in points scored (7.8 ppg). 

From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala owns 10 triples on the season, the most of any Harvard player despite missing one game. Owning 14.7 points per game, Tummala ranks second on the squad in scoring.

Scouting Boston University 
•    Boston University comes into the midweek tilt at 0-3 after three losses at home to Northeastern, Albany and Boston College. Outside shooting was to blame for the point discrepancy the last time out against the Eagles (a 58-37 loss), as BC went 6-of-18 from long-range while the Terriers were denied any three-pointers. Sophomore Erin Bayram had a career day, scoring a personal best eight points while collecting a career-high five rebounds. 
• No one averages double-figures for the Terriers, as junior Meghan Green leads the team with 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. Troi Melton adds 6.7 points and 3.3 boards a game. 
• Katy Steding enters her second year at the helm of the Terriers. The Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion looks to improve upon the team's success with the addition of five new Terriers including two 6-5 centers and a McDonalds All-American nominee. Overall, Steding is 5-28 with BU.  
•  The all-time series between the two schools is knotted at 15-15. Harvard won three-straight from 2009-11, before BU won two of the last three matches. 

Last Year
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.

Preseason Poll
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.

Opening Act
Harvard fell to 20-22 all-time in season openers and 17-17 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.

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 188-consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.

Hot-Handed Healy
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, leading the team with 15.3 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds.

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 625-457 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.................... 501............................................... 46-34

Columbia............. 237.................................................. 57-3

Cornell ................. 391............................................... 62-11

Dartmouth......... 557............................................... 44-33

Penn...................... 481............................................... 49-26

Princeton............ 614............................................... 40-36

Yale......................... 480............................................... 48-30

*as of Nov. 23, 2015

#Legend
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 534 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.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring multiple camera angles, replay, and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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, click here

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 625-455.

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 1-1 when outrebounding opponents.

Comeback Kids
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 three-point halftime deficit to best Toledo, 76-70, on Nov. 22.

Hot Handed
Five Crimson players are posting a 40 percent or higher shooting percentage this season. AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 58.1 percent shooting (fourth in conference), followed by Shilpa Tummala at 52.2 percent. Destiny Nunley and Taylor Finley are at a 44.0 and 42.9 clip, respectively. Kirby Porter rounds out the pack at 40 percent.  

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. 

Road Tripping
This season, the Crimson are 1-1 away from Lavietes. 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.

Overtime
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.

D-Fence
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 39-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 64-19 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Next Up
The Crimson heads to Houston, Texas and Rice University for a homecoming for senior captain Kit Metoyer Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.