Women’s Basketball Looks to Bounce Back at Brown, Yale

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Harvard at Brown
Friday, February 12, 2016
7 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center
ESPN3/Ivy League Digital Network
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Harvard Game Notes
Brown Game Notes
Harvard (8-11, 3-3)
Brown (13-7, 1-5)
Harvard leads, 46-34
W, 76-69 (March 7, 2015)

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Harvard at Yale
Saturday, February 13, 2016
7 p.m.
Lee Amphitheater
Ivy League Digital Network
Live Stats
Harvard Game Notes
Yale Game Notes
Harvard (8-11, 3-3)
Yale (11-12, 2-4)
Harvard leads, 48-30
W, 68-63

The Storyline
Harvard women's basketball (8-11, 3-3) hits the road, looking to bounce back against Brown and Yale this weekend. The Crimson and Bears (13-7, 1-5) tip Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. before Harvard heads to Yale Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. The game in Providence will also be televised on ESPN3.

Last Time Out
An offensive battle between Harvard and Princeton was decided in overtime, as the Tigers took home a 92-83 victory Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior AnnMarie Healy paced the Crimson with 21 points, while classmate Shilpa Tummala added a career-high 21 points.

Junior Destiny Nunley also matched her personal best with 12 points. The Crimson shot 32-of-63 (50.8 percent) from the floor and 13-of-18 from the line. The Tigers' offense was led by five players in double-digits, including Michelle Miller with a game-high 28.

The Harvard women's basketball team will host its fourth annual Pack the House game Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Cornell at Lavietes Pavilion.  For tickets and full event information, visit tickets.gocrimson.com or click HERE.

Harvard is offering several ticket promotions for the game aimed to fill the stands and create an electric atmosphere for the Crimson as it makes a run at the program's 12th Ivy League championship. Additionally, the game will serve as Harvard's "Pink Zone" game to raise awareness and support in the fight against breast cancer.

Immediate Impact
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have started 16 games apiece, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with three starts and 16.5 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. Raster sits fifth on the team in points scored (6.2 ppg).  

From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala and Kit Metoyer have combined for 4.8 triples per game this season, ranking first and fourth in the Ivy League with 2.5 and 2.3 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks second in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.4).

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. 

Scouting Brown
•           After finishing nonconference play at 12-2, the Bears have faltered in Ivy League action with just one win (at Columbia Saturday) over the last six games. Brown is holding opponents to 56.3 points per game.

•           Jordin Alexander paces a trio of double-figure scorers with 14.4 points. Freshman Shayna Mehta and junior Rebecca Musgrove add 12.4 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Rookie Erika Steeves chips in 7.8 points and a team-high 6.2 boards.

•           In her second season at the helm of Brown, Sarah Behn guided the Bears to finish second in the Ivy League in scoring (65.5 points per game) and first in the conference in steals (10.1 per game) a season ago. She coached a pair of All-Ivy players in Sophie Bikofsky '15 and Jordin Alexander '16.

•           Harvard boasts a 46-34 all-time series lead over Brown, and has won five of the last six matchups. A year ago, each team won on its opponent's court, as Harvard closed the final weekend with a 76-69 win in Providence.

Scouting Yale
•           Yale enters the weekend at 11-12, including a 2-4 mark in Ivy play. The Bulldogs started conference action at 2-0, but has dropped four-straight games to Penn, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell.

•           Senior Nyasha Sarju and Tamara Simpson lead Yale in scoring at 15.1 and 10.4 points per game, respectively. Whitney Wyckoff pulls down a team-best 5.9 boards, adding 9.5 points per game.  

•           The 10th coach in Yale history, Allison Guth took over the program in May 2015  after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2010 to 2012. Prior to being named Yale's head coach, Guth spent three seasons at Northwestern as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, helping turn the women's basketball team into a national power under head coach Joe McKeown. The Wildcats went 23-9 (12-6 Big Ten) and qualified for an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 1997.

•           The Crimson holds a 48-30 lead over the Bulldogs in the all-time series, winning each of the last seven contests. A season ago at Yale, AnnMarie Healy posted a career-high 24 points to lead Harvard past Yale, 68-63. The Crimson shot a blazing 54.9 percent from the floor, scoring 38 points in the paint and outrebounding the Bulldogs, 40-23.

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. 

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.

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 203-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 16.0 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 12.2 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 6.2 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 631-466 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         510                 46-34
Columbia     246                  58-3
Cornell        402                 63-11
Dartmouth  564                 45-33
Penn           494                 49-27
Princeton    627                 40-37
Yale             488                 48-30
*as of Feb. 10, 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
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 631-466.

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.

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 50.8 percent shooting, which ranks third in the league. Destiny Nunley sits second on the team at 44.5 percent. Shilpa Tummala connects at a 40.1 percent clip, while Kit Metoyer rounds out the pack with a 35.0 shooting percentage.

Road Tripping
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.

The Crimson has gone to overtime twice this season, sitting at 1-1. Against Cornell Jan. 29, the first time since Nov. 25, 2014, the Crimson went to overtime, Harvard upended the Big Red65-56. Against Princeton, the Tigers came out on top, 92-83 Feb. 7. Over the last two seasons, Harvard is 2-1 in overtime games. The Crimson is 14-7 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 70-23 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Next Up
Harvard returns to Lavietes for two-straight weeks, first hosting Columbia and Cornell.