Harvard vs. Princeton
Harvard vs. Penn
Harvard women's basketball heads south for its final weekend of Ivy League action, taking on Princeton and Penn Friday-Saturday, March 4-5. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip and will be live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Friday's contest against the Tigers will also be broadcast on ESPN3.
Last Time Out
The Crimson wrapped its home slate with four-straight wins, including a buzzer-beating victory over rival Yale Friday and a demolishing of Brown Saturday night. Against the Bulldogs, senior captain AnnMarie Healy put back her own rebound as the buzzer sounded to lead the Crimson past Yale, 65-63, in an incredible finish. Against Brown, a balanced offensive attack led Harvard past Brown, 92-79. Seniors AnnMarie Healy, Kit Metoyer and Shilpa Tummala combined for 50 points as six players posted double-figures.
Where We Stand
Entering the final weekend of conference action, Harvard sits in third place, posting a 9-3 mark in Ivy League play. Penn and Princeton sit tied for first with at 10-1 records and three games to play.
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 16.1 points and ranking second with 5.2 rebounds. Healy sits No. 2 in the Ivy League in scoring and has picked up her play during Ancient Eight play, posting 17.6 points to sit second.
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster has started 22 games. Nani Redford has started 16 games, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with nine starts and 19.1 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 15.9 points, 12.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (6.9 ppg) and earned Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 15. Skinner earned Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 29.
From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala and Kit Metoyer have combined for 4.9 triples per game this season, ranking first and second in the Ivy League with 2.5 and 2.4 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks first in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (7.1).
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.
• Princeton holds a 21-4 record heading into the weekend, including a 10-1 mark in Ivy League
play, and has won 10-straight after dropping a 50-48 opening game to Penn.
• The Tigers have three players averaging 10-plus points, led by Michelle Miller at 14.2 points per game. Annie Tarakchian nears a double-double with 11.9 points and a team-high 9.3 boards, while Alex Wheatley chips in 12.8 ppg.
• The 2015 Naismith National Coach of the Year, Courtney Banghart is in her ninth season as head coach of Princeton. The winningest coach in program history, Banghart has amassed a 190-71 overall record with a 102-18 mark against Ivy League opponents.
• The Crimson holds a 40-37 lead over the Tigers, but has dropped each of the last four matches. A month ago, the Tigers outlasted the Crimson in overtime, 92-83, despite 21 points from AnnMarie Healy. Shilpa Tummala added a career-high 21 points and junior Destiny Nunley also matched her personal best with 12 points.
• Penn has won nine of its last 10 contests, falling to only Cornell during Ivy League play. The Quakers are a defensive juggernaut, allowing no conference team over 60 points and allowing just 51.5 points per game this season.
• Michelle Nwokedi paces the team with 13.8 points per game, adding 9.6 boards. The reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Sydney Stipanovich averages a double-double at 13.4 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game.
• 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 515-152 and has posted 20 or more wins in 17 of his 21 seasons as a head coach.
• Harvard maintains a 49-27 all-time series lead over Penn, but has fallen in each of the last five contests against the Quakers. In the last meeting, a poor shooting performance doomed the Crimson, dropping a 68-48 decision to Penn at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior AnnMarie Healy paced Harvard with 18 points. Senior Kit Metoyer added seven points and five rebounds. The Crimson struggled to connect from the field, shooting 16-from-64 from the field, including 4-of-29 from three.
Thank You Seniors!
This year's graduating seniors, AnnMarie Healy, Kit Metoyer and Shilpa Tummala, have helped Harvard to 71 wins over the last four seasons, including 38 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 87 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 13 points and 4.0 helpers.
Tummala has started 40 of her 80 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 points and leading the team with six rebounds. A deadly three-point shooter, Shilpa ranks second the Ivy League with 2.4 threes per game.
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 209-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 12.5 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 6.5 rebounds and adds 2.0 assists this season.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 637-466 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 48-34
Columbia 246 59-3
Cornell 403 64-11
Dartmouth 569 45-33
Penn 498 49-27
Princeton 633 40-37
Yale 489 50-30
*as of March 2, 2015
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 546 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 322 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.
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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.
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.
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 637-466.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, Harvard is 12-3 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.
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).
Five Crimson players are posting a 35 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum 10 shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 51.3 percent shooting, which ranks fourth in the league. Destiny Nunley sits second on the team at 43.8 percent. Shilpa Tummala connects at a 40.9 percent clip. Sydney Skinner and Kit Metoyer round out the pack with a 37.7 and 36.0 shooting percentages, respectively.
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 Red, 65-56. 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 74-23 when allowing fewer than 70 points.