Harvard vs. Chattanooga
In the second of three road swings 45 days away from home, Harvard women's basketball opens the New Year at Samford and Chattanooga Jan. 2-4. The Crimson faces the Bulldogs for the first time in program history at the Pete Hanna Center Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. ET, before heading to McKenzie Arena to square off against the Mocs at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4.
Last Time Out
Free throw shooting proved to be the difference as Harvard dropped a 64-63 decision at Stony Brook Wednesday evening. Senior Shilpa Tummala paced the team for the second-straight game and ninth overall with 14 points, adding a team-high six rebounds.
Knotted at 62-62, the game would be decided from the free throw line, as Stony Brook (8-5) hit 2-of-4 over the last 2:24, and Harvard made 1-of-4 from the stripe and missed two field goals. Senior AnnMarie Healy added 13 points in the loss and classmate Kit Metoyer chipped in 12 points, all in the second quarter.
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have each started eight games, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with three starts and 17.3 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 15.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (7.5 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 first in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.9).
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.
• Samford returns home for the first time in a month to host the Crimson, posting an 8-6 overall record. The Bulldogs are coming off a 47-44 win over LSU Dec. 28.
• No player averages double-figure points, but the Bulldogs get production from six players that score six-plus per game. Destiney Elliott leads all scorers with 8.8 points, adding a team-high 8.1 rebounds. Amara Mayers adds 8.1 points and 4.3 boards. Samford posts 53.9 points per game, while holding its opponents to 49.5.
• Head coach Mike Morris has led the Bulldogs since 2002, just the second ever coach of women's basketball at Samford. Morris guided the program to back-to-back Southern Conference Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012. The team reached a national postseason tournament for the three years in a row, including a WNIT appearance in 2010.
• This will be the first meeting in women's basketball between the two programs.
• Chattanooga sits at 8-5, last dropping a 73-30 loss at No. 12/11 Stanford. Four of the Mocs' five losses came at the hands of ranked teams, including No. 1UConn, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 21 South Florida and No. 12 Stanford.
• Keiana Gilbert and Jasmine Joyner pace the Mocs with 11.7 and 11.6 points, respectively. Joyner leads the team with 8.3 boards.
• Entering his third season with the Mocs, Hall of Fame head coach Jim Foster is the fifth women's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanoga. He is in the midst of his 38th year as a collegiate head coach with an overall record of 849-320 (.727) overall record. In his first two seasons with Chattanooga, Foster led the Mocs to identical 29-4 overall records, a pair of undefeated Southern Conference seasons and two 25-game win streaks.
• Harvard trails the all-time series, 1-0. The two teams met for the first time last season, with the Moc walking away 54-52 winners.
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 195-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 14.3 points and ranking second with 5.0 rebounds.
Tummala Breaks Out
Shilpa Tummala has upped her average from 5.8 points a season ago to 13.4 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 6.5 rebounds and adds 2.2 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 627-462 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.................... 507............................................... 46-34
Columbia............. 242.................................................. 57-3
Cornell ................. 396............................................... 62-11
Dartmouth......... 561............................................... 44-33
Penn...................... 485............................................... 49-26
Princeton............ 622............................................... 40-36
Yale......................... 485............................................... 48-30
*as of Dec. 31, 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 627-460.
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 (2-5).
Five Crimson players are posting a 40 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 47.2.0 percent shooting, which ranks ninth in the league. Shilpa Tummala (47.0) ranks closely behind at 10th in the Ancient Eight. Destiny Nunley ranks third at 44.3 percent. Sydney Skinner and Taylor Finley round out the pack with 41.0 and 40.0 shooting percentages, respectively.
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 2-5 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 66-21 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
The Crimson opens Ivy League play at Dartmouth Jan. 9.