CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Advancing to the second round of the WNIT for the fifth time in program history, the Harvard women's basketball team (17-12, 9-5 Ivy League) will welcome Georgetown to Lavietes Pavilion tomorrow, March 24. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m., while the broadcast will air on ESPN+.
What to Know
- The Crimson continues its postseason action in the WNIT this Sunday with a 17-12 overall mark. This weekend marked the first time in program history that Harvard has hosted a WNIT game at Lavietes Pavilion.
- 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 (11.6), Jadyn Bush (11.0) and Sydney Skinner (10.4). Harvard ranks at the top of the conference in scoring as well, averaging 71.0 points per game. Defensively, the duo of Jeannie Boehm and Bush continue to pace the team with 7.3 and 8.7 rebounds, respectively.
- Harvard is in the midst of its seventh appearance in the WNIT over the past eight seasons, and fifth second-round appearance in program history. The Crimson has made 15 postseason appearances and nine total in the WNIT, both the most of any Ivy League team.
- Georgetown comes to Cambridge with a 17-15 overall record. The Hoyas made their ninth WNIT appearance this year, accumulating a 6-8 tournament record since its first show. This will be the first meeting between the Crimson and Hoyas.
- Junior guard Katie Benzan and senior co-captain Madeline Raster became the 20th and 21st players in Harvard women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points this season. Additionally, the pair both received All-Ivy recognition, as Benzan was named to the first team and Raster the second team.
- This season, 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 602-406 record, including 12 20-win seasons, 11 Ivy titles and 15 postseason appearances.
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.
Pending results of Sunday's contest, Harvard will either advance to the next round of the WNIT, facing the winner of Penn vs. Providence, or will see its season end and begin preparations for the 2019-20 season.