Women’s Basketball Welcomes Eastern Michigan Before Holiday Break

Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson
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vs. Eastern Michigan
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Harvard (4-4)
Eastern Michigan (4-2)
Harvard leads, 1-0
W, 67-63 (Nov. 24, 2012)

The Storyline
Harvard women's basketball readies for its final game before the holiday break Tuesday, Dec. 8 against Eastern Michigan. This will also be the last home game for the Crimson until Jan. 23, when it opens Ivy play against Dartmouth. The game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.   

Last Time Out
Despite a 21-2 run in the third quarter to narrow a 25-point deficit to just five points, Harvard dropped a 74-65 decision Saturday night to Florida Gulf Coast University at Alico Arena. Senior captains AnnMarie Healy and Kit Metoyer led a quartet of double-figure Crimson scorers with 11 points apiece on the night.

Harvard was undone by a 29-13 first quarter and forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the game. Junior Destiny Nunley, 10 points, and senior Shilpa Tummala, 10 points, were the other two Crimson players in double-digits.

Immediate Impact
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have each started five games, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with three starts and 18.0 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 14.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (7.5 ppg).  

From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala and Kit Metoyer have combined for 4.6 triples per game this season, ranking fourth in the Ivy League with 2.3 treys apiece. Harvard ranks third in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.0).

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.

Scouting EMU
•           Eastern Michigan travels east this week to face the Crimson Tuesday before heading to New Jersey to take on Monmouth Thursday, Dec. 10. The Eagles won four of their first five games to start the season, but fell in their last meeting with Abilene Christian, 83-59. A season-high 18 turnovers paired with shooting struggles plagued the Eagles in the loss.

•           Junior Cha Sweeney, a preseason All-MAC selection, paces the team with 17.8 points, adding 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Janay Morton chips in 16.3 points while Chanise Baldwin pulls down a team-high 8.2 rebounds and totals 9.3 points per game.

•           Head coach Tory Verdi is in the midst of his fourth season in Ypsilanti. The 2014-15 campaign proved to be Verdi's most successful to date. He led the Eagles to a 24-13 record and tied the school record for the most wins in a season, while his squad made a run to the 2015 WNIT "Sweet 16".

•           Harvard leads the all-time series, 1-0, after defeating Eastern Michigan by a 67-63 mark in Ypsilanti in 2012. Ali Curtis '15 stepped to the line with 0:06 remaining in a two-point game and calmly hit both free throws to secure the match. Christine Clark '14 led the Crimson in scoring with 16 points and added five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

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 192-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, pacing the team with 14.0 points and ranking second with 5.4 rebounds.

Tummala Breaks Out
Shilpa Tummala has upped her average from 5.8 points a season ago to 12.6 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 6.7 rebounds and adds 2.6 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 a season ago, upped her averages 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 last year, 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 627-459 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.................... 505............................................... 46-34
Columbia............. 239.................................................. 57-3
Cornell ................. 393............................................... 62-11
Dartmouth......... 558............................................... 44-33
Penn...................... 483............................................... 49-26
Princeton............ 618............................................... 40-36
Yale......................... 483............................................... 48-30
*as of Dec. 7, 2015

The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 536 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 627-457.

Cleaning the Glass
As a team, Harvard is 3-2 when outrebounding opponents this year. A season ago, the Crimson outrebounded its opponent 19 times and owned a 10-9 mark when controlling the glass.

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
Four Crimson players are posting a 40 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 47.1 percent shooting (11th in the conference), followed by Taylor Finley at 45.5 percent. Shilpa Tummala and Destiny Nunley are each at a 43.8 clip.

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 2-3 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.

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 40-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 66-19 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Next Up
The Crimson will pause from game action, next taking the court Dec. 28 at Fairfield.