Women’s Basketball Travels to Hofstra for WNIT First Round

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Harvard vs. Hofstra
Thursday, March 17, 2016
7 p.m.
Mack Sports Complex
Pride Productions
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Harvard (14-13, 9-5)
Hofstra (22-8, 13-5)
Harvard leads, 5-3
W, 70-67 (OT) (Dec. 1, 2012)

The Storyline
For the fourth time over the last five years, Harvard women's basketball heads to the postseason, traveling to Hempstead, New York for a matchup against Hofstra in the WNIT Thursday, March 17. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip and will be streamed on Pride Productions.

Last Time Out
The Harvard seniors combined for 38 points, but it would not be enough as the Crimson fell to Penn, 62-46, March 5 at The Palestra. Senior captain AnnMarie Healy paced Harvard with 15 points, adding five rebounds and three steals. Senior captain Kit Metoyer added 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists, matching a career high. Senior Shilpa Tummala posted 10 points and five boards.

Postseason History
The selection to the WNIT marks the sixth appearance over the last eight years in the tournament for the Crimson. This will be the program's 12th postseason appearance, the most of any Ivy League team. Harvard has competed in six NCAA Tournaments, and in 1998 became the only No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on either the men's and women's side when it defeated Stanford, 71-67. 

The Crimson made history in 2011-12 as the first member of the Ivy League to register a win in the WNIT and again in 2013-14 as the first Ancient Eight team to be selected at large for a postseason berth. Harvard has won a postseason game in each of its last three trips.

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 16.3 points and ranking second with 5.3 rebounds. A unanimous All-Ivy League first team selection, Healy sits No. 2 in the Ivy League in scoring and has picked up her play during Ancient Eight play, posting 17.8 points to finish first overall.  

Immediate Impact
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster has started 24 games. Nani Redford has started 16 games, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with 11 starts and 19.7 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 15.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (6.7 ppg) and earned Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 15. Skinner earned Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 29.  

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 6.5 rebounds and adds 2.0 assists this season. Tummala was named an All-Ivy League honorable mention.

From The Parking Lot
Kit Metoyer and Shilpa Tummala have combined for 5.0 triples per game this season, ranking first and third in the Ivy League with 2.6 and 2.4 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks first in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (7.1).

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 Hofstra
• An at-large selection to the WNIT, Hofstra holds a 22-8 record, including a 13-5 mark in Colonial Athletic Association to earn the third seed in the conference tournament. The Pride fell to Northeastern in the quarterfinals of the event.

• Sophomore forward Ashunae Durant is averaging a near double-double with 11.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. Senior guard Darius Faulk averages 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and has totaled a team-leading 151 assists.

• Hofstra qualified for the WNIT in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2015. Hofstra is 4-5 all-time in the WNIT. The program's best-ever finish came in 2007 when the team advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Western Kentucky. Hofstra advanced to at least the second round in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

• Head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey owns a 175-138 career record and stands second on the Pride's all-time wins list. Averaging 17.0 wins per season since her arrival, Kilburn-Steveskey has led Hofstra to five WNIT appearances.

• The Crimson leads the all-time series, 5-3, over the Pride, with the first matchup coming in 1984. Harvard has won each of the last three games, including a 2012 WNIT contest.

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 three 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 18 points per game while shooting at a 53 percent clip.

Playing in 89 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 12 points and three assists as a senior. In conference action, Kit has upped her averages to 13 points and 3.6 helpers.

Tummala has started 42 of her 82 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 6.5 rebounds. A deadly three-point shooter, Shilpa ranks third 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 211-consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.

Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 637-468 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         512                 48-34
Columbia     246                  59-3
Cornell        403                 64-11
Dartmouth  569                 45-33
Penn           501                 49-28
Princeton    635                 40-38
Yale             491                 50-30
*as of March 14, 2016

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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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.

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 637-468.

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.

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 (3-10).

Hot Handed
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 51.0 percent shooting, which ranks fourth in the league. Destiny Nunley sits second on the team at 41.2 percent. Shilpa Tummala connects at a 39.5 percent clip. Kit Metoyer and Sydney Skinner round out the pack with a 37.0 and 35.5 shooting percentages, respectively.

Road Tripping
This season, the Crimson are 7-8 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 74-24 when allowing fewer than 70 points.