Tied with Cornell and Yale atop the Ivy League standings, Harvard women's basketball wraps its four-game road swing this weekend, making the quick jaunt to Brown and Yale. The Crimson and Bears tip off Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., before Harvard travels to Yale for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 8. Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
At Yale, both squads will be wearing "Spread the Word to End the Word" t-shirts and celebrating Special Olympics Night.
Last Time Out
Saturday, Penn rolled over Harvard, 67-38, at the Palestra as the Crimson was held to 18.3 percent shooting from the floor, connecting on 13-of-71 shots. The loss marred Friday's 78-68 victory over Princeton, as the Crimson earned its first win at Jadwin Gym since 2009. Senior captain Christine Clark led Harvard with 25 points against the Tigers, as it marked the first loss for Princeton at home in conference play since Feb. 13, 2009.
Heading to 600
As a program, Harvard is closing in on its 600th win, standing at 599-437 all-time in its 40th season. Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith has accounted for 508 of -those wins over 31-plus seasons. The Crimson will become the first Ivy team to 600 wins and first Division I squad in Massachusetts to eclipse the 600 mark.
The Hunt For #12
Through three-plus games of the Ivy League season, five teams have recorded just one loss, with Harvard, Cornell and Yale sitting atop the Ancient Eight standings. The Crimson, Big Red and Bulldogs each have 3-1 conference records, while Penn and Princeton sit at 2-1. This weekend could shed some light on the league race, as Harvard plays Yale and Penn and Princeton play at Cornell.
Just Keep Winning
Harvard owns a home-win streak of 19 games, marking the longest run since 1996-98, when the Crimson ripped off 21-straight wins at Lavietes. Harvard posted a perfect 11-0 record at home in 2012-13 and has not lost in Cambridge since Feb. 11, 2012. Before 2012-13, the last time Harvard went unbeaten at home was in 1997-98 when the team went 13-0 en route to a 23-5 overall mark.
2013-14 RECORD: 7-11, 1-3 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 43-33
LAST MEETING: W, 77-71 (Feb. 22, 2013)
LAST WIN: Same
• Brown halted a four-game losing streak at Columbia on Saturday, defeating the Lions 79-57 in New York. Senior Lauren Clarke posted 23 points, while junior Sophie Bikofsky and senior Sophie Beutel chipped in 18 and 11, respectively. It marked the Bears' first win in conference play (1-3), moving the squad to 7-11 overall.
• Clarke (17.1 points) and Bikofsky (14.1 points) provide a 1-2 punch for the Bears, while sophomore Jordin Alexander chips in 9.4 points per game. The Bears rebound as a team, with five players posting 3.0 rebounds or more. Bikofsky leads all Bears with 4.2 boards.
• Head coach Jean Marie Burr, in her 26th season with the Bears, ranks third all-time in Ivy League history with 321 wins. Last winning the Ancient Eight title in 2006, Burr has compiled 15 winning Ivy seasons and four championships.
• The Crimson went 2-0 against the Bears a year ago, last defeating the squad 77-71 on Feb. 22, 2013 at Lavietes. Victoria Lippert scored a season-high 24 points and Temi Fagbenle registered a double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) in the victory. Harvard maintains a 43-33 all-time advantage.
2013-14 RECORD: 9-9, 3-1 Ivy League
SERIES HISTORY: Harvard leads, 44-30
LAST MEETING: W, 69-66 (Feb. 23, 2013)
LAST WIN: Same
• Perched atop the Ivy League standings with Harvard, Yale heads into the weekend at 9-9 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs defeated Brown (twice) and Columbia before falling at Cornell, 65-56, on Saturday.
• Junior Sarah Halejian averages 14.9 points per game for the Bulldogs, while senior Jenna Graf adds 10.3 points. Sophomore Meredith Boardman cleans the glass with 6.4 boards per game, adding 5.9 points.
• In her ninth season at Yale, head coach Chris Gobrecht holds an overall career record of 525-452 with prior stops at Cal State Fullerton, Washington, Florida State and Southern California. Gobrecht led the Bulldogs to 56 wins over the last four seasons, the most for Yale since the Class of 1980.
• Harvard downed Yale twice a year ago, including a 69-66 win in front of a sold out crowd at Lavietes on Feb. 23, 2013. Victoria Lippert and Christine Clark recorded another big night, combining for 39 points and 19 rebounds. All-time, the Crimson own a 44-30 advantage over the Bulldogs.
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, in her 32nd season at the helm of the Crimson, earned her 500th win at Colgate Nov. 23, joining a group of 28 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. She is also one of six active Division I head coaches to spend 32 years at one institution.
The winningest coach in Ivy League women's basketball history with 508 career victories, she ranks second only to Princeton's legendary coach Pete Carril (514) for wins by an Ancient Eight coach on either the men's or women's side. Delaney-Smith is also closing in on 300 career wins in the conference with 298 victories against the Ivy League.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 599-437 record, tops of all Ancient Eight schools. Harvard is the only Ivy League school with a winning record against all other Ivies.
School Overall Wins Harvard vs.
Brown 483 43-33
Columbia 224 54-2
Cornell 370 58-11
Dartmouth 543 43-32
Penn 447 49-23
Princeton 570 40-33
Yale 460 44-30
Averaging 12.9 points and 9.6 rebounds, Temi Fagbenle has already recorded eight double-doubles through 18 games this season (including six in the last 10 games), the most since Reka Cserny in 2004-05. Fagbenle posted five-straight games with 10-plus in points and rebounds (Dec. 7-Dec. 30), recording the longest consecutive streak of double-doubles since Hana Peljto '04 in 2003-04 (nine).
Fagbenle's first career double-double came opening weekend at North Dakota, making her the first Crimson rookie to record a double-double in her first weekend of action since Peljto went for 21 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against Saint Peter's on Nov. 17, 2000.
Shooting up the scoring list, Christine Clark sits at No. 7 in program history with 1,513 points over her three-plus year career. She needs eight points to pass Victoria Lippert '12, who sits at sixth all-time with 1,520 points. Clark became the 18th member of Harvard's 1,000 point club Jan. 2, 2012, as she scored 19 points against UMass. Clark reached the milestone in just her 71st career game, making her the fastest Crimson to reach 1,000 points since Reka Cserny '05 did so in her 60th career appearance.
Including this year, Harvard has had at least one 1,000 point scorer on the floor in five of the last six seasons. Additionally, each of Harvard's 18 1,000 point scorers has been coached by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
What a Start
For the second-straight year, Harvard started the season 7-3 record through the first 10 games of the season. It matched the second-best start for the Crimson all-time through 10 games. Harvard has gone 8-2 three times, most recently in 1997-98 en route to a 23-5 overall record and an Ivy League title.
Harvard improved to 23-17 all-time in Ivy League openers and 20-12 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith with its 73-63 victory over Dartmouth on Jan. 11. It marked the 14th-straight season that the Crimson and Big Green met in the first game of the Ivy League schedule, with Harvard holding a 9-5 edge in those contests.
You Can Count on Clark
Christine Clark has started 103-straight games that she has appeared in over the last three-plus years. Clark ranks first in the Ivy League in most consecutive career games started.
Clark has scored in double-digits 86 times, including 13 times this season. Clark put on a streak of 21 consecutive 10-plus point performances (March 5, 2011-Feb. 4, 2012) and has had 19 games in which she has scored at least 20 (last at Princeton). Clark has posted 20-plus points in seven games in 2013-14.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all of Harvard's home games and road Ivy League contests will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch games both live and On-Demand on their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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Better and Better
Through 18 games this season, 10 Crimson student-athletes have matched or bested their career highs in points and/or rebounds. The athletes include: Christine Clark (28 points), Erin McDonnell (19 points, 9 rebounds), Temi Fagbenle (15 rebounds), Ali Curtis (16 points, 5 rebounds), AnnMarie Healy (13 points, 9 rebounds), Jasmine Evans (17 points, 13 rebounds), Melissa Mullins (12 rebounds), Shilpa Tummala (14 points), Kit Metoyer (9 points, 3 rebounds), Taylor Finley (six points, 3 rebounds) and Kaitlyn Dinkins (3 points).
The Crimson was 6-1 in the month of November, setting a new program record for wins before December. Last season, Harvard won five of seven games, which had been a program best.
Harvard did not lose in the month of January, posting a 4-0 record. The Crimson last accomplished that feat in 2002-03, recording a 4-0 mark in the first month of the year. Teams led by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith have gone undefeated in January play four times.
The 60-41 win over Hofstra served as part of a doubleheader, as the men's team downed Vermont, 74-68. It marked the third-straight year Harvard has played a men's and women's doubleheader. Last year, the women defeated BYU (71-65) and the men downed Manhattan (79-45). Prior to 2011-12 the last time Harvard played a men's and women's doubleheader was January 5, 2008 when the women lost to Dartmouth, 52-47, before the men took down the Big Green, 82-56. Harvard owns a 5-1 record when playing at Lavietes in the same day.
You're in Good Hands
Junior captain Kaitlyn Dinkins has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams®. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
Dinkins has become very involved with Athletes in Action at Harvard, co-leading the group this year. Last year, the Atlanta, Ga., product was a member of the Servant team, an organization that plans events and leads a weekly, freshmen bible study.
Head of the Class
The Crimson sits atop many Ivy League categories, both as a team and individually. As a unit, Harvard holds the No. 1 spot in overall win percentage (.722), free throw percentage (.726), rebounding offense (43.1) and offensive rebounding percentage (39.8). Individually, Temi Fagbenle ranks first in rebounding (9.6) and defensive rebounds (7.2).
After averaging a combined 1.63 points per game in 4.6 minutes a game, the sophomore class seems to have found its stride in 2013-14. AnnMarie Healy (13), Kit Metoyer (9) and Shilpa Tummala (14) have all matched or bested their career highs in points and are contributing 11.1 points per game as a class.
The Crimson won 10 of its 14 non-conference matches this season, signaling the third-best nonconference record under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and fifth-best all-time. Harvard has earned 11 out-of-league victories twice under Delaney-Smith, turning in an 11-3 record in 1997-98 and going 11-4 in 1985-86. The 1976-77 squad owns the program record for non-conference wins at 13-4, while the 1978-79 Crimson went 12-9 away from the Ivy League.
Harvard has posted at least eight non-conference wins in six-straight seasons.
Harvard sits at 5-4 in true road games and 8-5 overall when playing outside Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson will play 17 games away from Cambridge in 2013-14. Last year, Harvard was 10-7 in true road games. It marked the most road victories for the Crimson since 2008-09 and was the second-straight year the team posted a winning record away from home.
• Harvard has won its last 19 contests at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson's last loss at home was to Princeton on Feb. 11, 2012.
• Erin McDonnell has scored in double-digits 11 times this season and in eight of the last 10.
• Kathy Delaney-Smith has used the same starters – Ali Curtis, Christine Clark, Temi Fagbenle, Melissa Mullins and Erin McDonnell – in 15 games this season and in seven-straight.
• Harvard's 21 wins last season were the most since winning 22 in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
• The Crimson sits at 12-2 when leading at the half.
• Harvard has not lost (8-0) when allowing 63 points or fewer.
• When scoring 80-plus points, the Crimson is 4-0 this season.
Boards on Boards
Temi Fagbenle, averaging a conference-best 9.6 boards a game, has pulled down 10-plus rebounds in nine games this season. Fagbenle has paced the Crimson in boards in eight of the last 14 games.
Owning the Boards
Senior Melissa Mullins has paced the Crimson in rebounding in six games this season, ranking fourth in the Ivy League with 6.9 boards per game. The swing player has grabbed 10-plus boards three times. Harvard has had a player pull down 10-plus boards in 10 games and two players tally double-digit rebounds in three contests.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, the Crimson has outrebounded its opponent 13 times this year. Harvard owns a 11-2 mark when controlling the glass.
Harvard is 19-21 all-time in season openers and 16-16 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson has lost three straight season openers, including a 99-75 defeat at DePaul this year.
In 40 seasons of Ivy League play, Harvard is 23-17 in conference openers and 20-12 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
20 Times 10
At 21-9, the Crimson recorded the 10th 20-win season in program history a year ago. All 10 of the 20-win seasons have come under the guidance of Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Home Court Advantage
The Harvard men's and women's basketball teams have combined for a 103-11 record at home in Lavietes Pavilion since 2009-10 while going 53-7 against the Ivy League. The Crimson women are 46-7 (.867) overall and 25-4 (.862) in conference while the men hold a 57-4 (.934) overall record and are 28-3 (.903) against the Ancient Eight. The women have currently won 19-straight and are looking to match the longest streak in program history (21 games) during the next home weekend. The men's team's run of dominance includes a program record 28-game home win streak that lasted more than two calendar years between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012.
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 32-2 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 46-10 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
The Crimson overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Florida International Nov 19, its largest comeback since Dec. 6, 2009 (vs. BU). Harvard won four games a season ago when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a 32-23 halftime deficit to earn a 64-52 victory over FIU Nov. 19.
The Crimson owned a 2-1 record in overtime games last season. Harvard did not play a single overtime game in 2011-12 and had not played multiple overtime games in the same season since 2009-10. The Crimson is 12-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and is 13-6 all-time in overtime.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard has made at least one three-point field goal in 146 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09, the second-longest streak in program history. The record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer stands at 172, a streak which began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
Captaining the Ship
Christine Clark and junior Kaitlyn Dinkins are the Crimson's captains for the 2013-14 season. Clark finished second in the Ivy League in scoring (15.6) last year. Dinkins was the recipient of The Robin L. Mitchell Harvard Pride Award in 2013, given annually to the player who displays exceptional sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and dedication to the team. Dinkins is the first junior to be elected team captain since Christine Matera '11 and Claire Wheeler '11 in 2009-10 and is the 15th junior in program history to have the honor bestowed upon her.