CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning home to Lavietes Pavilion to open the month of December, the Harvard women's basketball team (6-2, 0-0 Ivy League) will host crosstown rival Northeastern (1-6, 0-0 CAA) this Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Crimson and Huskies will clash at 11 a.m. on ESPN+ as a part of Education Day, welcoming elementary school students from the greater Boston area.
What to Know
- Extending its win streak to three games, the Crimson has secured a 6-2 record to begin its 2019-20 campaign.
- Harvard recently picked up a 77-68 road win over Quinnipiac last weekend, as four Crimson players recorded double-digit points against the Bobcats. Led by first-year Lola Mullaney with a near career-high tying 24 points, Rachel Levy (13), Mackenzie Barta (11) and Tess Sussman (10) all reached double figures. Jeannie Boehm paced the defense with eight rebounds and three blocks.
- The Crimson looks to defend its undefeated at home record so far this season with wins over California, Siena and Hartford at Lavietes Pavilion.
- Mullaney and Boehm are averaging double-digit points, leading the Crimson with 17.3 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. Defensively, Boehm tops the line up in rebounds per game with 10.3, pacing the team with three double-doubles on the season.
-The Crimson has emerged as leaders in the conference standings defensively. Mullaney has climbed the Ivy League rankings, placing second in points per game with 17.3. Harvard has three players in the top 10 of the league in rebounds, with Boehm topping the conference with 10.3. Sophomore Maggie McCarthy sits sixth with 7.3 boards, while junior co-captain Rachel Levy follows closely behind in 10th with 6.4.
- Northeastern enters the weekend with a 1-6 overall record, recently securing its first win of the season last weekend over North Dakota State, 72-61. The Crimson will look to take a lead its all-time series with the Huskies, as the two programs are knotted at 15-15. Harvard has won its last three match ups with Northeastern, last defeating the Huskies on the road , 79-69, in 2017.
- 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.
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 head north to take on Maine this Saturday, Dec. 7 for a 1 p.m. tilt on ESPN+.