Women’s Basketball Heads to Cornell, Columbia

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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Harvard vs. Cornell
Friday, January 29, 2016
7 p.m.
Newman Arena
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Harvard (6-9, 1-1)
Cornell (10-6, 2-0)
Harvard leads, 62-11
W, 60-54
W15


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Harvard vs. Columbia
Saturday, January 30, 2016
6 p.m.
Levien Gymnasium
Ivy League Digital Network
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Columbia Game Notes
Harvard (6-9, 1-1)
Columbia (11-6, 0-2)
Harvard leads, 57-3
W, 82-81
W1


The Storyline
Harvard women's basketball continues Ivy League play with a trip to New York this weekend, heading to Cornell Friday, Jan. 29 and Columbia Saturday, Jan. 30. The Crimson and Big Red will meet at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena before Harvard heads to Levien gymnasium to take on Columbia at 6 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Harvard dropped a 70-64 decision to Dartmouth Saturday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior AnnMarie Healy paced the Crimson with 19 points in front of 711 fans on Alumnae Night.

The Big Green avenged an earlier loss to the Crimson as Kate Letkewicz poured in 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting and added a game-high 17 rebounds. Lakin Roland also posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dartmouth was hot from the floor, finishing at 25-of-51 (49.0 percent), while Harvard struggled at 21-of-66, including 6-of-32 from behind the arc.

Ivy Openers
Harvard sits at 24-18 all-time in Ivy League openers and 21-13 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 16-straight seasons, with Harvard holding a 10-6 edge in those contests. 

Immediate Impact
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have started 12 games apiece, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with three starts and 16.3 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 14.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (6.7 ppg).  

From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala and Kit Metoyer have combined for 5.1 triples per game this season, ranking first and fourth in the Ivy League with 2.9 and 2.2 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks second in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.7).

Trail Blazers
This season marks the 30th anniversary of the first Crimson squad to win an Ivy League championship. The Crimson sported a 9-3 conference record and bested Dartmouth, 75-66, in the final game of the season to share the title with the Big Green. Harvard has won 11 conference titles, all under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. 

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 Cornell
•           Cornell is on a three-game win streak, sitting at 2-0 in Ivy League play after besting Columbia twice (66-59 on Jan. 16 and 84-73 on Jan. 23). The Big Red stands at 7-1 at home this season.

•           Junior forward Nia Marshall  paces Cornell with 17.4 points per game, adding 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.  Classmate Nicolle Aston ranks second on the team with 10.2 points, pulling down a team-high 7.0 boards.

•           The winningest coach in the history of the program, and the second-longest tenured women's basketball coach in the Ivy League, Dayna Smith owns 13 years on the sideline with the Big Red. During her head-coaching tenure, Smith's players have earned 22 All-Ivy honors, including one Ivy League Player of the Year award and one All-America selection.

•           Harvard holds the all-time series lead against Cornell, 62-11. The Crimson swept the series a season ago, winning the second match, 60-54, to spark a four-game win streak. Erin McDonnell '15 scored 15 points – including a crucial seven in the game-changing 16-4 Crimson run – to push Harvard past Cornell at Lavietes Pavilion. Temi Fagbenle '15 matched her double-double total from a year ago with her 11th this season, registering 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Scouting Columbia
•           Columbia owns an 11-6 overall record coming into the weekend and had won five-straight before dropping two games to Cornell. The Lions own a 7-2 mark at home this year.

•           Camille Zimmerman paces Columbia with 15.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Tori Oliver chips in 10.5 points and 6.4 boards. The Lions sit second in the conference in points per game, posting 71.8.  

•           Interim head coach Sheila Roux joined Columbia in April 2013 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and was named an associate head coach for the 2014-15 season. With Roux serving in her first year as the associate head coach, Columbia saw many firsts fall in 2014-15 as it posted the most victories in five seasons with an 8-20 overall record and 2-12 mark against the Ivies.

•           The Crimson owns a 57-3 all-time series advantage over Columbia. The two teams went 1-1 against each other last year, each winning on its home court.

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 199-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 14.9 points and ranking second with 4.9 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 6.1 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 629-464 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       245                57-3
Cornell           399              62-11
Dartmouth     563              45-34
Penn              490              49-26
Princeton       623              40-36
Yale               488              48-30
*as of Jan. 27, 2015

#Legend
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 538 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 314 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 629-464.

Cleaning the Glass
As a team, Harvard is 5-3 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.

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 (2-6).

Hot Handed
Four Crimson players are posting a 35 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 48.9 percent shooting, which ranks fourth in the league. Shilpa Tummala (44.2) ranks ninth in the Ancient Eight. Destiny Nunley sits second on the team at 44.6 percent. Kit Metoyer rounds out the pack with a 35.3 shooting percentage.

Road Tripping
This season, the Crimson are 4-6 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.

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 42-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 68-22 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Next Up
Harvard will be home for three of the four February weekends, next taking on Penn Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. and Princeton Sunday, Feb. 7 at noon. The Penn game will be televised on NESN and the Princeton match will air on NESNPlus/ASN.