Harvard vs. Dartmouth
Harvard women's basketball starts anew, wrapping its long road swing by opening Ivy League play at Dartmouth Saturday, Jan. 9. The first contest of the 14-game tournament is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
A 14-1 run over the final two minutes would not be enough as Harvard fell at Chattanooga by a 62-58 mark Monday evening at McKenzie Arena.
Senior AnnMarie Healy paced all scorers with 19 points. Senior Shilpa Tummala and junior Destiny Nunley chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Tummala and Nunley each pulled down seven rebounds, as the junior from North Richland Hills, Texas corralled five offensive boards. The Crimson was undone by 22-of-59 (37.3 percent) shooting, but made 3-of-5 from the field over the final two minutes.
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.
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have started 10 games apiece, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with three starts and 16.6 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 14.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (6.9 ppg).
From The Parking Lot
Kit Metoyer and Shilpa Tummala have combined for 5.1 triples per game this season, ranking first and third in the Ivy League with 2.8 and 2.3 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks first in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.8).
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.
• Dartmouth owns a 5-11 record, but has won three of its last four, overcoming Niagara, Holy Cross and NJIT in the second half of December. Against the Highlanders, Lakin Roland scored her 1,000th career point with 16 points for the game as the Big Green upended NJIT, 46-39.
• Lakin Roland paces the Big Green with 14.4 points and 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists. Kate Letkewicz chips in 10.1 points and 6.7 boards per game.
• Entering her third Ivy League season, Belle Koclanes, the Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82 and Family Head Coach of Dartmouth Women's Basketball, finished last season with a 14-14 record, the best season mark for the Big Green since the 2008-09 season.
• Harvard holds the all-time series lead against Dartmouth, 44-33. Last season, the teams split their meetings, each winning on the other's home court. In Hanover, a late push allowed Harvard to overcome a 14-point deficit and win 75-69 at Leede Arena. Five Crimson student-athletes posted double-figures and Harvard went 18-of-23 from the free throw line to secure the win.
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 197-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 14.8 points and ranking second with 4.7 rebounds.
Tummala Breaks Out
Shilpa Tummala has upped her average from 5.8 points a season ago to 13.3 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 6.2 rebounds and adds 2.1 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 628-463 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.................... 509............................................... 46-34
Columbia............. 244.................................................. 57-3
Cornell ................. 397............................................... 62-11
Dartmouth......... 562............................................... 44-33
Penn...................... 487............................................... 49-26
Princeton............ 623............................................... 40-36
Yale......................... 486............................................... 48-30
*as of Jan. 7, 2015
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 537 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 628-463.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, Harvard is 4-3 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 (2-6).
Five Crimson players are posting a 36 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 48.5 percent shooting, which ranks eighth in the league. Shilpa Tummala (47.1) ranks closely behind at ninth in the Ancient Eight. Destiny Nunley ranks third on the team at 42.3 percent. Sydney Skinner and Taylor Finley round out the pack with 37.5 and 36.0 shooting percentages, respectively.
This season, the Crimson are 3-6 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 41-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 67-22 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
Dartmouth will visit Lavietes Pavilion for the Crimson's first home game in 45 days on Jan. 23.