Women’s Basketball Readies for the Postseason, Faces Penn in Semifinals of Ivy League Tournament

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Earning a berth to the Ivy League Tournament for the third consecutive year, the Harvard women's basketball team will begin postseason action this weekend. Entering the tournament as the three-seed, the Crimson will face second-seeded Penn in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday, March 16. Tip-off is slated for approximately 8:30 p.m., while the contest will be broadcast on ESPN3. The winner will take on Princeton or Cornell in the championship game on Sunday, March 17 at 4 p.m.

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Broadcast: vs. Penn
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Tickets: 2019 Ivy League Tournament
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What to Know
- Heading into postseason play, the Crimson secured the third seed after accumulating a 9-5 Ivy League record and 16-11 overall mark.
- Leading the team with 14.3 points per game, junior Katie Benzan ranks seventh in the league in scoring. Three Crimson players join Benzan in double figures, including Madeline Raster (11.7), Jadyn Bush (11.0) and Sydney Skinner (10.4). Harvard ranks at the top of the conference in scoring as well, averaging 71.4 points per game. Defensively, the duo of Jeannie Boehm and Bush continue to pace the team with 7.5 and 8.6 rebounds, respectively.
- Harvard has qualified for each Ivy League Tournament since its inception three years ago. Making its 15th postseason appearance this year, the Crimson has advanced to the WNIT eight times in program history, the most among Ivy League schools.
- Last weekend, The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith earned her 600th career victory at Harvard. Joining a group of 19 active coaches in Division I with at least 600 wins, now sitting at 601, she is only one of six active Division I head coaches to spend 36 years at one institution. The winningest Ivy League women's basketball coach of all-time, Delaney-Smith now owns a 601-406 record, including 12 20-win seasons, 11 Ivy titles and 15 postseason appearances.
- Harvard will face Penn for the second consecutive year at the Ivy League Tournament. This season the Crimson and Quakers split its season series, as both contests would require overtime. The Crimson picked up an 80-72 win in double overtime on its home court back in February, before the Quakers topped Harvard 75-70 in overtime the first week of March.

Leading the Way
The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball 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, 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.

Up Next
Pending results of Saturday's contest, Harvard will either advance to the championship game on Sunday, March 17 at 4 p.m., facing either top-seeded Princeton or fourth-seeded Cornell, or will await seeding for the WNIT Tournament.