CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a successful opening week of its 2019-20 season, the Harvard women's basketball team (2-0, 0-0 Ivy League) is set for a busy week of competition. The Crimson will first host Siena in a midweek matchup this Tuesday, Nov. 12, before traveling to La Salle and Rutgers next weekend, Nov. 15 and 17, respectively. Tip-off time is slated for 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday with both contests on ESPN+, while the Crimson will face the Scarlet Knights at 2 p.m. on Sunday on BTN+.
What to Know
- Harvard opened its 2019-20 campaign with back-to-back wins last week. The Crimson first edged Northern Illinois, 59-53, before returning to Cambridge to take down California, 56-53, in its home opener. The Crimson has now defeated the Golden Bears for the second-straight year to take a 2-1 advantage in its all-time series.
- First-year Lola Mullaney made an impressive college debut for the Crimson last week, recording double-digit points in back-to-back games. Mullaney registered 25 points, including six three-pointers, and seven rebounds against Northern Illinois on Tuesday, before following up with 14 points against California on Friday.
- Harvard moves to 2-0 for the first time to start a season since the 2010-11 campaign, while winning its home opener for the fourth consecutive year. The Crimson is now 21-25 all-time in season openers and 18-20 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
- The Crimson holds a 5-2 advantage against Siena and a 4-1 lead over La Salle in its all-time series with the two programs, while trailing Rutgers 0-4.
- Harvard finished its 2018-19 season with a 17-13 overall record, reaching the second round of the WNIT for the fifth time in program history. The appearance marked the ninth over the last 11 years in the tournament for the Crimson and the program's 15th postseason appearance, the most of any Ivy League team. Additionally, Harvard hosted the first two rounds for the first time in program history.
- The Crimson 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. Earning 95 votes in the preseason poll, the Crimson narrowly trailed Penn and Princeton who tied for first.
Leading the Way
The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 38th season at the helm of the program after leading the Crimson to its fourth-straight, and ninth in the last 11 years, WNIT appearance last season. The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 602 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 return to action next Friday, Nov. 22, hosting Hartford at Lavietes Pavilion. Tip-off time is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.