Junior point guard Ali Curtis returns to the Crimson lineup for the 2013-14 season (photo Gil Talbot).
Full 2013-14 Schedule
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team and head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith announced its 2013-14 schedule today. The Crimson will play 11 games at Lavietes Pavilion and look to extend its 14-game home winning streak.
Harvard will also make trips to Chicago, Phoenix and New York for four-team tournaments as part of its 14-game non-conference slate. The Crimson plays its usual 14-game Ivy League schedule from Jan. 11-March 8.
The season starts at DePaul's Maggie Dixon Tournament with the host Blue Demons Nov. 8. DePaul went 21-12 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons. On the other side of the Maggie Dixon Tournament bracket are Cal Poly and Duquesne.
The Crimson will then host three of their four home non-conference games in a seven-day span. Boston University visits Lavietes Nov. 13, North Dakota St. comes Nov. 16 and Florida International will be in Cambridge Nov. 19.
Harvard will have to wait more than a month to play another contest at Lavietes Pavilion, as the next five contests are away from home. The Crimson travels to Colgate Nov. 23, Northeastern Nov. 26 and St. John's Dec. 1 before another tournament. The bracket at the Arizona State Classic features Harvard and Long Beach State in the opener Dec. 7 and ASU matching up with Sacred Heart in the second game. Each team will play its second game the next day.
Harvard returns home for a two-week break for finals and its final non-conference home game against Hofstra Dec. 21. The 2013 portion of the schedule completes with the Fordham Holiday Classic in New York. The tournament includes the Rams, Tulsa and UCN Greensboro, but matchups have yet to be decided.
The new year begins with Dartmouth Jan. 11 and the Crimson's last non-conference game, a contest at NJIT Jan. 15. The remainder of the schedule is against Ivy League opponents, as Harvard attempts to claim the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the third time in six years.
Highlighting the Ivy slate is a four-game home span from Feb. 14-22. Columbia (Feb. 14), Cornell (Feb. 15), Penn (Feb. 21) and Princeton (Feb. 22) visit Cambridge for a crucial portion of the Crimson's schedule. The conference schedule finishes March 7-8 against Yale and Brown at Lavietes Pavilion.
All 11 home games will be available to watch live through the new Ivy League Digital Network. The video streams will be available on desktop computers, as well as mobile devices, live and on-demand.
Season tickets for Harvard's home games are on sale now and single game tickets are scheduled to go on sale Sept. 4.