Harvard vs. Penn
Harvard vs. Princeton
Harvard women's basketball (8-9, 3-1) returns to Lavietes Pavilion for a crucial weekend of Ivy League play, taking on first-place Penn Friday and Princeton Sunday. The Crimson and Quakers (14-3, 3-0) tip at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 on NESN. Harvard and Princeton – each with one League loss heading into the weekend – will square off at 12 noon on Super Bowl Sunday on ASN and NESNplus.
Last Time Out
The Crimson swept the weekend at Cornell and Columbia, moving to 3-1 in conference play to sit in a tie with Cornell for second. Against the Lions, senior AnnMarie Healy posted a career high with 27 points as Harvard held on to win, 69-66, at Levien Gymnasium. Healy shot 13-of-14 (.929) from the field, the third-best percentage in Harvard history (minimum eight shots).
Against the Big Red, it was another senior, Kit Metoyer, who posted a career-high 26 points to lead the Crimson past Cornell, 65-56, in overtime. The Houston, Texas product connected on a personal-best six triples, shooting 9-of-15 from the floor and adding six assists.
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have started 14 games apiece, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with three starts and 16.1 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 13.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. Raster sits fifth on the team in points scored (6.6 ppg).
From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala and Kit Metoyer have combined for 5.0 triples per game this season, ranking first and second in the Ivy League with 2.6 and 2.4 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks second in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.5).
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.
• Penn has won nine of its last 10 contests, including all three Ivy matches for the first time since 2005. The Quakers defeated Princeton in the conference opener, 50-48, and went on to sweep Yale and Brown over the weekend.
• Michelle Nwokedi paces the team with 14.7 points per game and 10.6 boards. The reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Sydney Stipanovich also averages a double-double at 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. The Quakers are outscoring teams 62.3-52.2.
• The fastest coach in the history of women's college basketball to reach 400 victories, Mike McLaughlin is in his seventh season as the head women's basketball coach at Penn. The reigning back-to-back Big 5 Coach of the Year, McLaughlin has a career record of 508-151 and has posted 20 or more wins in 16 of his 20 seasons as a head coach.
• Harvard maintains a 49-26 all-time series lead over Penn, but has fallen in each of the last four contests against the Quakers. In the last meeting, a poor shooting effort (18-of-70 for 25.7 percent) doomed the Crimson, 71-61. Harvard was paced by AnnMarie Healy's fifth double-double of the season.
• Princeton holds a 13-4 record heading into the weekend, including a 2-1 mark in Ivy League play, and has won four of its last five games, including a sweep of Brown and Yale over the weekend.
• The Tigers have three players averaging 10-plus points, led by Michelle Miller at 13.8 points per game. Annie Tarakchian nears a double-double with 12.4 points and a team-high 9.5 boards, while Alex Wheatley chips in 12.3 ppg.
• The 2015 Naismith National Coach of the Year, and named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Greatest Leaders, Courtney Banghart is in her ninth season as head coach of Princeton. The winningest coach in program history, Banghart has amassed a 182-71 overall record with a 94-18 mark against Ivy League opponents.
• The Crimson holds a 40-36 lead over the Tigers, but has dropped each of the last three matches. A season ago, Harvard could not unseat then-No. 16/17 Princeton at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Crimson was led by 18 points apiece from forward Temi Fagbenle '15 and AnnMarie Healy.
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.
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.
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 201-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 15.6 points and ranking second with 5.1 rebounds.
Tummala Breaks Out
Shilpa Tummala has upped her average from 5.8 points a season ago to 12.4 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 6.3 rebounds and adds 1.9 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 631-464 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 58-3
Cornell 400 63-11
Dartmouth 564 45-33
Penn 492 49-26
Princeton 625 40-36
Yale 488 48-30
*as of Feb. 2, 2015
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 540 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 316 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 631-464.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, Harvard is 7-3 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).
Four Crimson players are posting a 37 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 50.9 percent shooting, which ranks third in the league. Destiny Nunley sits second on the team at 44.7 percent. Shilpa Tummala connects at a 41.4 percent clip, while Kit Metoyer rounds out the pack with a 37.3 shooting percentage.
This season, the Crimson are 5-6 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.
For the first time since Nov. 25, 2014, the Crimson went to overtime at Cornell Jan. 29. Over the last two seasons, Harvard is 2-0 in overtime games. The Crimson is 14-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The match against the Big Red was the first against an Ivy opponent to go to extra time since Feb. 5, 2011 (Penn).
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 43-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 70-22 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
Harvard makes the short trip to Brown and Yale next weekend, before hosting Ivy opponents for the final two weekends in February.