Harvard vs. Sacred Heart
Freshman Jeannie Boehm (9.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.4 bpg) has had an immediate impact for Harvard this season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard (4-1) takes a four game winning streak on the road for a mid week test at Sacred Heart (2-3) on Tuesday night. Harvard's streak is the longest in non-conference play since a seven-game non-conference run during the 2013-14 season. Harvard will play at the William H. Pitt Center for the third time in program history. Harvard's lone win on Sacred Heart's home court came in the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 3, 1999, a 73-70 win for the Crimson.
SCOUTING SACRED HEART
• The Pioneers were once again picked to finish atop the Northeast Conference in the league's preseason coaches poll garnering six first place votes. Also announced at NEC Basketball Social Media Day in October was the All-NEC Preseason Team on which reigning NEC Player of the Year Hannah Kimmel earned a spot. Through five games this season, Kimmel leads the team in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 ppg). Senior guard Adaysha Williams (13.0 ppg) and sophomore forward Katherine Haines (10.6 ppg, 6.2 ppg) are also key players for the Pioneers.
• Sacred Heart returns four starters from a team that won the 2015-16 NEC regular season title, finishing the year 20-13 (16-2 NEC). The Pioneers earned a WNIT bid, falling to Drake in the opening round.
• In the last meeting between the two teams on Dec. 8, 2013, behind 22 points and 11 rebounds from junior forward Temi Fagbenle, Harvard bested Sacred Heart, 74-63, in the second game of the ASU Classic. Fagbenle led a charge of four players in double-figures and two with 10-plus rebounds. Senior guard Jasmine Evans registered her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Junior forward Erin McDonnell added 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including a 3-for-3 performance from behind the arc. Classmate Ali Curtis rounded out the quartet with 14 points.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore guard Sydney Skinner matched a career high with 14 points, and junior forward Taylor Rooks added six points, four blocks and 10 rebounds to lift Harvard to a 58-44 win over Fairfield on Saturday night. Freshman Jeannie Boehm added 12 points, six rebounds, and two blocks, and freshman Katie Benzan added 11 points for the Crimson, which held Fairfield to just seven points in the fourth quarter, and outrebounded the Stags 48-33.
DELANEY-SMITH RECORDS WIN #550
Harvard head coach Kathleen Delaney-Smith recorded her 550th win against Fairfield on Saturday night, becoming the 45th Division I women's head coach to reach that milestone. Delaney-Smith owns a 550-376 (.594) all-time record.
FROM WAY DOWNTOWN
Through five games this season, Harvard has established itself as one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation. Harvard ranks among the top-30 in the nation in three-pointers per game (8.9, 30th) and three-point field goal percentage (39.8, 23rd). Freshman Katie Benzan leads the team with 15 three-pointers (66th, NCAA), an average of 3.0 three-pointers per game (44th, NCAA) and a .536 three-point field goal percentage (15th, NCAA).
CRIMSON TIE RECORD WITH 16 THREE-POINTERS
In a season-opening 103-87 loss at Minnesota, the Crimson matched a program record, hitting 16 three pointers (16-for-30, 53.3%) on the night. It was the fourth time in program history that Harvard has hit 16 threes, and the first time since Feb. 28, 1998 (vs. Brown). Sophomore Madeline Raster hit six three-pointers (6-for-12) and led Harvard with 18 points.
The Crimson went 14-14 overall last season, earning a selection to the WNIT Tournament. It was the sixth appearance over the last eight years in the WNIT for the Crimson and the program's 12th postseason appearance, most of any Ivy League team. Harvard returns two starters and nine letterwinners from a year ago, including senior co-captain Destiny Nunley, who averaged 6.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as the team's top reserve player.
Harvard was selected third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. Harvard has finished in the top three of the Ivy League standings every year since 2006-07 (10 years). The Crimson earned 104 points in the poll, just behind Princeton, picked second with 110 points, and Penn, picked first with 136 points. Harvard finished 2015-16 in third place at 9-5 in the Ivy League, behind Princeton (12-2) and Ivy regular season champion Penn (13-1).
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 216-consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
CAPTAINING THE SHIP
Seniors Taylor Finley and Destiny Nunley were named captains for 2016-17.
Finley, a native of Edina, Minn., recovered from offseason hip surgery to become a key reserve player for the Crimson in 2015-16. She appeared in 23 games and logged a season high 24 minutes against Rhode Island on Nov. 21, 2015.
Nunley, a Dallas-area Native, was Harvard's top reserve last season, posting 6.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. She recorded a season-high 15 points against Brown on Feb. 27 and had seven double-digit scoring efforts on the year.
SOPHOMORES LOOK TO TAKE STEP
Harvard's sophomore guards had an immediate impact on the program as freshmen, as Madeline Raster started 25 of 28 games, Nani Redford started in 16 games, and Sydney Skinner played a major role with 12 starts and 19.8 minutes per game. The trio combined for 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. Through five games in 2016-17, the trio has combined for 20.0 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.