Postseason History

NCAA Tournament
There has always been an obvious incentive to win an Ivy League championship, but it took on even greater meaning in the 1993-94 season. With the increase of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship field from 48 to 64 teams, the Ivy League and eight other conferences received an automatic berth for the first time since its inception.

Harvard has represented the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament six times, making its latest appearance in 2007. The Crimson has had the opportunity to play some of the top teams in the country in Kansas State (2003), Vanderbilt (1996), North Carolina (1997 and 2002) and Maryland (2007), and made NCAA tournament history in 1998 by being the first team — men’s or women’s — to receive a No. 16 seed in the tournament and knock off a No. 1 seed. That season, the Crimson shocked Stanford, 71-67, before falling to Arkansas, 82-64, in the second round.

“The value of going to the NCAA tournament is enormous,” said head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. “The experience that our athletes have gained will help them respond to the daily challenges of being one of the teams to beat in the Ivy League. The NCAA tournament is a tremendous teaching tool. The success that brought us to that level gave our kids the confidence to believe in themselves, and the knowledge that they can compete with any team in the country.”

March 15,1996
Vanderbilt 100, Harvard 83
Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tenn.

March 14,1997
North Carolina 78, Harvard 58
Carmichael Auditorium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

March 14, 1998
Harvard 71, Stanford 67
Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif.

It was an NCAA tournament first. Not since the inception of the 64-team field for the women (1993-94) or the men (1984-85) had it been done, a No. 16 seed knocking off a No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament play. But on March 14, 1998, in front of a crowd of 5,138 screaming fans, Harvard accomplished what seemed the impossible. The Crimson, in only its third NCAA tournament appearance, played the part of the ungracious guest in Stanford’s Maples Pavilion. Some attributed it to Stanford’s loss of two key players to injury days prior to the game. Some said it was due to Stanford mistakes and miscues. Some recognized the talent and resolve of the Harvard contingent, led by All-American Allison Feaster ’98, that brought everything they had to the floor that night and made tournament history with a 71-67 win.

On April 4, 2006, ESPN chronicled the top moments in NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship history. The Crimson’s historic upset of No. 1-seed Stanford was chosen as the No. 6 moment.

March 16, 1998
Arkansas 82, Harvard 64
Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif.

March 16, 2002
North Carolina 85, Harvard 58
Carmichael Auditorium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

March 16, 2003
Kansas State 79, Harvard 69
Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan.

March 18, 2007
Maryland 89, Harvard 67
Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Conn.

Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT)
Harvard made its first WNIT appearance in 2009 with the league's automatic berth to the tournament after finishing second in the league standings. The Crimson earned the Ivy League's bid in 2010, 2012 and 2013 as well. In both 2012 and 2013, Harvard advanced to the second round.

March 20, 2009
St. John's 83, Harvard 60
Queens, N.Y.

March 18, 2010
Syrcause 87, Harvard 68
Syracuse, N.Y.

March 15, 2012
Harvard 73, Hofstra 71
Hempstead, N.Y. 

March 17, 2012
Temple 64, Harvard 59

March 21, 2013
Harvard 61, Hartford 57
West Hartford, Conn. 

March 23, 2013
Drexel 82, Harvard 72