Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
The Harvard women’s basketball team will play 28 games during the 2010-11 season, facing six teams that advanced to the postseason last winter, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith announced Monday.
“We are very excited about this year’s schedule,” Delaney-Smith said. “It includes traditional area rivals, some new parts of the country, and strong tournament tested teams. Our freshmen will have the opportunity to contribute immediately to an already successful, veteran group in a challenging and exciting schedule.”
The Crimson will play its first five games on the season on the road, beginning with a Nov. 13 game at Maine. The following weekend, Harvard travels to the Navy Classic to face Oral Roberts, who advanced to the Summit League Championships game and the WNIT last season, and Navy, a team the Crimson defeated, 71-55, last season at Lavietes Pavilion.
The Crimson, who went 5-0 against Bay State schools last year, will face four teams from Massachusetts this season. On Nov. 23, Harvard will make the short trip to Boston University, a team that was selected to the WNIT for the second straight year. Harvard travels to Holy Cross Nov. 28 to close out its five-game road trip to start the season.
Twelve of Harvard’s games will be played at Lavietes Pavilion starting with its home opener against Hartford Dec. 3. After a trip to Florida for a Dec. 7 game, the Crimson is scheduled to play three of its next four games at home. Harvard hosts New Hampshire, Sacred Heart and Massachusetts during that span. The Crimson’s one away contest during that stretch is a trip to Dayton, a squad that played in the NCAA tournament last year.
Harvard hosts NJIT and travels to Boston College Jan. 6 and 9, respectively. The Crimson begins Ivy League action one week later when Dartmouth visits for a 7 p.m. tip-off. Harvard steps out of conference play for its first ever game against Seattle. The Crimson travels to the Redhawks for a 7 p.m. (PST) start.
Harvard’s final 13 games will be Ancient Eight contests. The Crimson travels to Columbia (Jan. 28) and Cornell (Jan. 29), before hosting depending Ivy League champion Princeton (Feb. 4) and Penn (Feb. 5). On Feb. 11-12, Harvard travels to Yale and Brown and then hosts Cornell, Columbia, Brown and Yale for its longest homestand of the season. The Crimson closes out the regular season on the road Penn (Mar. 4), Princeton (Mar. 5) and Dartmouth (Mar. 8).
The Crimson returns all 12 players who helped the team to a 20-9 overall record last season. Harvard made its eighth postseason appearance last season and recorded its ninth 20 win season.