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Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Face Rice

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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Harvard vs. Rice
Saturday, November 28, 2015
8 p.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse
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Harvard (3-2)
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Series tied, 1-1
W, 75-74 (Dec. 3, 1987)
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The Storyline
In a homecoming for senior captain Kit Metoyer, Harvard women's basketball hits the road for Houston, Texas and Rice University Saturday, Nov. 28. The game is set to tip at Tudor Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. ET and will be streamed on OwlVision.

Last Time Out
Behind balanced scoring and strong defense, Harvard thumped Boston University by a 73-55 margin Tuesday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior Shilpa Tummala paced all scorers with her first career double-double, posting 17 points, 14 rebounds, four assist and two steals.

Senior captain Kit Metoyer chipped in 15 points (on 5-of-7 shooting from outside) and dished out three assists. Senior captain AnnMarie Healy and sophomore Kirby Porter rounded out the double-figure scoring with14 and 10 points, respectively.

Immediate Impact
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Sydney Skinner has started three games and Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have two starts apiece. The trio has combined for 12.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. Raster sits in a tie for third on the team in points scored (7.4 ppg).  

From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala owns 3.2 triples per game this season, the most of any Harvard player despite missing one game. Owning 15.3 points per game, Tummala paces the Crimson in scoring.

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.

Scouting Rice
•           Rice enters the game at 0-4 after a 61-53 loss to McNeese State Wednesday. The Owls have faced two ranked teams in No. 18/17 Kentucky and No. 8/11 Texas. Against the Cowgirls, Rice's Shani Rainey registered the Owls' first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but turnovers proved costly in the loss.

•           Rainey paces the team with 14.3 points per game, adding 6.3 rebounds. Jasmine Goodwine and Maya Hawkins chip in 6.5 points apiece.

•           Head coach Tina Langley is in first season with Rice after helping to develop Maryland into a Final Four program over the past seven seasons as the associate head coach.  

•  The all-time series between the two schools is knotted at 1-1. Harvard won the last matchup by one point in 1987.

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 189-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, ranking second on the team with 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Tummala Breaks Out
Shilpa Tummala has upped her average from 5.8 points a season ago to 15.3 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal-best 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists this season.

Captaining the Ship
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 626-457 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.................... 502............................................... 46-34

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

Cornell ................. 392............................................... 62-11

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

Penn...................... 482............................................... 49-26

Princeton............ 615............................................... 40-36

Yale......................... 481............................................... 48-30

*as of Nov. 26, 2015

#Legend
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 535 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
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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 626-455.

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 2-1 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 has won two games this season when trailing at halftime.

Hot Handed
Five Crimson players are posting a 38 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 55.4 percent shooting (seventh in conference), followed by Shilpa Tummala at 51.2 percent. Taylor Finley and Destiny Nunley are at a 44.4 and 40.6 clip, respectively. Kirby Porter rounds out the pack at 38.5 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 40-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 65-19 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Next Up
The Crimson remains on the road with a trip to Florida Dec. 3 and 5. Harvard first faces South Florida Dec. 3 before squaring off Florida Gulf Coast University two days later. 

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