CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Looking to defend its undefeated home record from last season, the Harvard women's basketball team (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) will welcome La Salle to Lavietes Pavilion for its home opener in a midweek match up this Wednesday, Nov. 14. Later this week, the Crimson will travel to Siena on Friday, Nov. 16. Both games are slated to begin at 7 p.m., while Wednesday's tilt with the Explorers' will air on ESPN+ and NESN.
How to Follow
Broadcast: vs. La Salle | at Siena
Live Stats: vs. La Salle | at Siena
Notes: Harvard | La Salle
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What to Know
- Harvard opened its 2018-19 campaign last weekend with losses at Notre Dame (103-58) and Purdue (66-65) to head into the weekend with an 0-2 record. Senior Nani Redford led the way in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game, while also recording 3.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Jadyn Bush had a strong showing defensively, posting a team-best 8.5 boards per outing.
- In its home openers, Harvard is an impressive 26-10 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson is 8-1 in its last nine home openers, with that lone loss coming three seasons ago against Maine. All-time, Harvard is 27-16 in its first game of the season on its home court.
- The Crimson has won each of its last three meetings with La Salle, including a 70-61 victory over the Explorers last January to take a 3-1 advantage in its all-time series. Facing Siena in its home opener a year ago, Harvard defeated the Saints 75-67 and currently holds a 4-2 lead in its all-time series.
- Harvard returns four of its top five leading scorers from a year ago, including senior co-captains Madeline Raster and Sydney Skinner.
- Harvard was selected third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. The Crimson has finished in the top three of the Ivy League standings every year since the 2006-07 campaign. Harvard earned 104 votes in the preseason poll, narrowly trailing Penn who was picked second with 107 and Princeton who received 133 votes in first.
Leading the Way
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 37th season at the helm of the program after leading the Crimson to its third-straight, and eighth in the last 10 years, WNIT appearance last season. The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 585 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.
Harvard will travel to Hartford on Wednesday, Nov. 21 for a 12 p.m. matinee, before departing for Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 23-24, to take part in the CSUN Tournament. The Crimson is set to open the tournament with Jacksonville St. on Thursday in a 5 p.m. match up.