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Women's Basketball Selected to 2017 WNIT Field; To Face New Hampshire on Friday

Women's Basketball Selected to 2017 WNIT Field; To Face New Hampshire on Friday

Harvard will make its seventh WNIT appearance in program history. (The Ivy League)

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The Harvard women's basketball team (20-8) has been selected to the WNIT for the seventh time in program history, the tournament's selection committee announced tonight (March 13). The Crimson will take on New Hampshire (26-5), the America East regular season champion on Friday at 7 p.m. in Durham, N.H.. Harvard will be making its fifth appearance in the WNIT over the past six seasons.

Harvard clinched its 25th winning season in the 35-year tenure of head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, and its twelfth 20-win season (and first since 2013-14). This season included a 16-game winning streak, which spanned 79 days over the course of four calendar months (Nov. 15 - Feb. 3). The streak matched the team record 16-game winning streak that took place during the second half of the 2002-03 season.

Harvard and New Hampshire have played 27 times, with the Wildcats owning a 17-10 advantage in the all-time series. The Crimson has won the last three games in the series, including a 63-44 victory on Nov. 28, 2012 at Lavietes Pavilion in the last meeting.

Harvard has made seven appearances in the WNIT, most among Ivy League schools, and on March 15, 2012 the Crimson earned the first WNIT win in Ancient Eight history with its 73-71 victory at Hofstra. Harvard followed that victory up a year later with a 61-57 win at Hartford in the first round of the 2013 tournament. The Crimson became the first team in conference history to earn an at-large berth to a postseason tournament with an invitation to the WNIT in 2014.

This will be the program's 13th 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. 

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