Harvard (8-6, 0-1 Ivy) vs. Dartmouth (9-5, 1-0 Ivy)
Harvard is set to host Dartmouth Saturday at Lavietes Pavilion in a contest that can be seen live on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. The game is the second Ivy League contest for both squads, with Dartmouth beating the Crimson in Hanover two weeks ago, 63-56.
The game will serve as Alumni Day for the Crimson as they welcome back past student-athletes that wore the Harvard jersey.
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore Jeannie Boehm and junior Sydney Skinner both tallied season-highs with 19 and 16 points, respectively, as Harvard downed La Salle in its final out-of-conference matchup of the year. Harvard used a 23-4 run in the opening quarter to set the tone for the Harvard victory.
FIRST MEETING VS. DARTMOUTH
The Crimson outrebounded the Big Green, 44-32, and Taylor Rooks recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds, but Harvard fell at Dartmouth, 63-56, Jan. 6.
Harvard holds a 47-35 advantage in the all-time series against Dartmouth. Harvard is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings against the Big Green.
Former standout Jessica Gelman '97 was announced as a member of the 2018 class of Ivy League Basketball Legends Jan. 11. Gelman and the rest of the 2018 class will be honored in Philadelphia at the Ivy League Basketball Tournament March 10-11. Gelman was a two-time All-Ivy League player during her career, captaining Harvard to the first 14-0 Ivy record during the 1997 season. Today, she is the CEO of the Kraft Analytics Group.
THE WIN - No. 16 Beats No. 1 - 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
The Crimson became the only No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on either the men's or women's side when it defeated Stanford, 71-67, on March 14, 1998. The victory is one of only two wins for Ivy League women's basketball in tournament history. When ESPN chronicled the top moments in NCAA Women's Basketball Championship history, Harvard's win was chosen as No. 6.
In its first five games at the renovated Lavietes Pavilion this season, the Crimson is 5-0.
The Ivy League men's and women's basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN's networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.
Against La Salle Jan. 10, Skinner provided a spark off the bench, tallying 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The 16 points were her most since her career-high 23 against Cornell Jan. 27, 2017.
It has been a two-week break for the Big Green as it last played at home on Jan. 6, a 63-56 victory win over the Crimson to start Ivy League play.
The upperclassmen trio of juniors Cy Lippold and Isalys Quinones, as well as senior Kate Letkewicz pace the Big Green offense. Lippold checks in with a team-high 14.1 ppg, with Letkewicz right behind at 12.3 ppg and a team-best 6.3 rpg. Quinones is contributing 10.4 ppg.
As a team, Dartmouth is scoring 66.0 ppg, good for fourth in the Ivy League. The Big Green is the top shooting team in the conference paced on percentage, converting on 42.7 percent of its attempts from the field.
Harvard women's basketball 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 the 2006-07 campaign (11 years). The Crimson earned 98 points in the poll, just behind Princeton, picked second in the poll with 120 points, and Penn, picked first with 129 points. Harvard finished the 2016-17 campaign in third place at 8-6 in the Ivy League, behind Princeton (9-5) and conference regular season champion Penn (13-1).
AROUND THE YARD
Juniors Madeline Raster and Nani Redford wrote a phenomenal blogs as part of the Athletic Department's larger "Around the Yard" series. Raster detailed her experience on a mission trip to Trinidad and Tobago where she spent a week teaching sports to underprivileged children and Redford described her trip to Africa.
IVY LEAGUE NETWORK
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League 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 Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Make sure to head over to tickets.GoCrimson.com to reserve your seats for every Harvard women's basketball home game.