Senior Weekend Ahead as Women’s Basketball Hosts Yale, Brown

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Harvard vs. Yale
Friday, February 26, 2016
7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Harvard (12-11, 7-3)
Yale (11-16, 2-8)
Harvard leads, 49-30
W, 72-69 (Feb. 13, 2016)

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Harvard vs. Brown
Saturday, February 27, 2016
6 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Brown Game Notes
Harvard (12-11, 7-3)
Brown (13-11, 1-9)
Harvard leads, 47-34
W, 87-79 (Feb. 12, 2016)

The Storyline
Harvard women's basketball (12-11, 7-3) hosts its final weekend of Ivy League action, welcoming Yale and Brown to Lavietes Pavilion Friday-Saturday, Feb. 26-27. The Crimson and Bulldogs meet Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN3, before Harvard-Brown Saturday at 6 p.m. Both contests can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network. The Crimson seniors – AnnMarie Healy, Kit Metoyer and Shilpa Tummala – will be honored before Saturday's contest.  

Last Time Out
In a back-in-fourth contest featuring 15 lead changes, Harvard edged Cornell, 68-63, Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion in front of 1,447 fans for its fourth-straight Ivy League win.

Senior Shilpa Tummala paced the Crimson with 15 points and added four rebounds. Senior captain Kit Metoyer tallied 14 points, connecting on four shots from beyond the arc. Senior captain AnnMarie Healy also notched double-digits, netting 14 points and hauling in seven rebounds.

Where We Stand
With two weekend to play, Harvard sits in third place in the Ivy League, posting a 7-3 mark in Ivy League play. Penn remains undefeated at 9-0, while Princeton is just behind at 8-1.

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. Healy sits No. 2 in the Ivy League in scoring and has picked up her play during Ancient Eight play, posting 17.7 points to sit second.  

Immediate Impact
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster has started 20 games. Nani Redford has started 16 games, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with seven starts and 18.1 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 15.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (6.7 ppg) and earned Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 15.  

From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala and Kit Metoyer have combined for 4.7 triples per game this season, ranking first and third in the Ivy League with 2.4 and 2.3 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks first in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.8).

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 Yale
• Yale enters the weekend at 11-16, including a 2-8 mark in Ivy play. The Bulldogs started conference action at 2-0, but have dropped eight-straight.

• Senior Nyasha Sarju and Tamara Simpson lead Yale in scoring at 15.1 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. Whitney Wyckoff pulls down a team-best 5.5 boards, adding 9.6 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 49-30 lead over the Bulldogs in the all-time series, winning each of the last eight contests. Two weeks ago, Harvard tied the fourth-largest deficit overcome in NCAA Division I history and the largest in program history (23 points) to beat Yale, 72-69, at Lee Amphitheater. Senior AnnMarie Healy led the way for the Crimson with 18 points and six rebounds. Senior Shilpa Tummala added 14 points, including the go-ahead basket.

Scouting Brown
• After finishing nonconference play at 12-2, the Bears have faltered in Ivy League action with just one win (at Columbia) over the last 10 games. Brown is holding opponents to 62.3 points per game.

• Jordin Alexander paces a trio of double-figure scorers with 13.9 points. Freshman Shayna

Mehta and junior Rebecca Musgrove add 13.1 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. Rookie Erika Steeves chips in 7.5 points and a team-high 6.0 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 47-34 all-time series lead over Brown, and has won six of the last seven matchups. Two weekends ago, senior captains Kit Metoyer and AnnMarie Healy poured in 23 and 22 points, respectively, as Harvard outlasted Brown, 87-79, at Pizzitola Sports Center. Metoyer grabbed eight rebounds for the Crimson and it marked the first time since March 20, 2014 (Iona) that two Crimson players posted 20-plus points. 

Thank You Seniors!
This year's graduating seniors, AnnMarie Healy, Kit Metoyer and Shilpa Tummala, have helped Harvard to 69 wins over the last four seasons, including 36 in Ivy League play and two appearances in the WNIT.

Healy has improved every year since coming to Cambridge, capping her career with a team-high 16 points per game, a number that ranks second in the Ivy League. The Edina, Minnesota native has stepped up in Ivy League play, pacing the conference with 19 points per game while shooting at a 58 percent clip.

Playing in 83 games over her four-year career, Metoyer has been a consistent presence in the backcourt for the Crimson the last two seasons. The Houston product has averaged a personal-best 10 points and three assists as a senior. In conference action, Kit has upped her averages to 12.9 points and 4.0 helpers.

Tummala has started 36 of her 76 games played over her career, becoming a mainstay in the starting lineup over the last two seasons. The Phoenix native has doubled her points per game average as a senior, posting 12.2 points and leading the team with 6.3 rebounds. A deadly three-point shooter, Shilpa paces the Ivy League with 2.4 threes per game.

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 207-consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.

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 6.1 rebounds and adds 2.0 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 635-466 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                 47-34
Columbia     246                  59-3
Cornell        402                 64-11
Dartmouth  568                 45-33
Penn           497                 49-27
Princeton    631                 40-37
Yale             488                 49-30
*as of Feb. 23, 2015

The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 544 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 320 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 635-466.

Cleaning the Glass
As a team, Harvard is 10-3 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
On Feb. 13, 2016, Harvard found itself trailing Yale by 23 points with two minutes to play in the first half. The Crimson used a 14-0 run over the final two minutes and clawed its way back in the second half to walk away with a 72-69 win. It stands as the biggest come-from-behind win in program history (besting the 2009 win over Princeton, where the Crimson overcame a 22-point deficit) and ranks fourth all-time in Division I. The Crimson has won three games this season when trailing at halftime (3-6).

Hot Handed
Five Crimson players are posting a 35 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 52.1 percent shooting, which ranks fourth in the league. Destiny Nunley sits second on the team at 42.8 percent. Shilpa Tummala connects at a 40.8 percent clip. Sydney Skinner and Kit Metoyer round out the pack with a 36.1 and 35.7 shooting percentages, respectively.

Road Tripping
This season, the Crimson are 7-6 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 44-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 73-23 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Next Up
For the final weekend of the year, the Crimson heads to Princeton and Penn next weekend.