Harvard vs. Fairfield
Harvard vs. Stony Brook
Harvard women's basketball hits the road for the first of three road swings and five-straight games away from Lavietes with Fairfield and Stony Brook Dec. 28-30. The Crimson faces the Stags at Alumni Hall Dec. 28 at 5 p.m., before heading to IFCU Arena to square off against the Seawolves at 7 p.m. Dec. 30.
Last Time Out
In spite of five double-figure scorers, Harvard fell to Eastern Michigan, 85-81, at Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 8. Senior Kit Metoyer, freshman Madeline Raster, senior AnnMarie Healy, senior Shilpa Tummala and junior Destiny Nunley all recorded double-digits in the loss.
Eastern Michigan's offense was led by junior Cha Sweeney, who had 31 points in the victory and shot 12-of-26 from the floor. Metoyer tallied a career- and team-high18 points for Harvard. Raster neared her career high with 15 points. Healy, Tummala and Nunley logged 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have each started six games, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with three starts and 17.4 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 15.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (8.3 ppg).
From The Parking Lot
Kit Metoyer and Shilpa Tummala have combined for 5.2 triples per game this season, ranking first and third in the Ivy League with 2.7 and 2.5 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks second in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.7).
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.
• Fairfield stands at 4-6 after a 73-54 loss at St. John's Dec. 22. The Stags forced 19 St. John's turnovers and swiped 12 steals, but it would not be enough to overcome a team receiving votes in the national poll.
• Junior forward Kelsey Carey paces the squad with 13.4 points per game, adding 3.7 rebounds. Junior forward Casey Smith adds 10.7 points, while Samantha Cooper pulls down a team-best 8.5 boards per game. The Stags are being outscored 56.3 to 60.5 on the year.
• In his ninth season as the head coach of Fairfield, Joe Frager has led the Stags to four postseason appearances and has mentored 17 All-MAAC selections. The lone coach in MAAC history to have eight-straight winning conference seasons to begin a career, Fairfield has finished in the top-third of the conference seven times.
• The Crimson trails the all-time series 2-8 and has dropped each of the last three contests to the Stags. Fairfield and Harvard last met in 2008, a 64-49 Crimson loss. Harvard last defeated Fairfield in 2004.
Scouting Stony Brook
• Stony Brook sits at 7-5 and riding a three-game winning streak. The Seawolves have played five games at home and 10 games within the state of New York. Against LIU, the frontcourt duo of Brittany Snow and Ogechi Anyagaligbo combined for 35 points and 22 rebounds to lift Stony Brook to a 71-54 victory.
• Snow posts a team-best 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season. Anyagaligbo tallies a double-double with 11.3 points and 10.2 boards a game.
• Head coach Caroline McCombs is in her second season with Stony Brook. In her first season, McCombs led the Seawolves to 17 overall wins and 10 wins in the America East Conference. She also guided Stony Brook to only the third postseason berth in program history, as the program was selected to participate in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI).
• Harvard leads the all-time series against Stony Brook, 2-0. Harvard won both matches in the last home-and-home in 2004 and 2005.
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.
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 193-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, pacing the team with 13.9 points and ranking second with 5.2 rebounds.
Tummala Breaks Out
Shilpa Tummala has upped her average from 5.8 points a season ago to 12.5 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 6.9 rebounds and adds 2.4 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 627-460 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.................... 506............................................... 46-34
Columbia............. 241.................................................. 57-3
Cornell ................. 395............................................... 62-11
Dartmouth......... 561............................................... 44-33
Penn...................... 485............................................... 49-26
Princeton............ 621............................................... 40-36
Yale......................... 485............................................... 48-30
*as of Dec. 23, 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.
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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 627-458.
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.
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.
Five Crimson players are posting a 40 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). Taylor Finley leads the pack with a scorching 50.0 percent shooting, followed by Destiny Nunley at 48.1 percent. AnnMarie Healy ranked ninth in the conference at 46.6 percent. Shilpa Tummala ranks 10th in the Ivy League at a 45.6 clip.
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.
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.
The Crimson will travel to Samford and Chattanooga after the New Year.