Since helping inaugurate intercollegiate competition more than 150 years ago, Harvard has become synonymous with excellence in athletics and academics. The Crimson women’s basketball team boasts one of the most successful programs in the Ivy League and in the Northeast. Harvard has 11 Ivy League titles and seven postseason appearances including six at the NCAA tournament.
Harvard is universally regarded as the top academic institution in America and also has the highest graduation rate (approximately 98-percent).
Harvard students are regular individuals who come from all corners of the country and the world. With Harvard’s diverse student body and metropolitan environment, Black Enterprise ranks Harvard as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities for African-Americans.
Harvard fields the largest Division I athletic program in America with 41 Division I varsity sports. Sports Illustrated placed Harvard in the top 45 of “America’s Best Division I Sports Colleges,” the only Ivy League school to appear in the top 50.
Boston is the unrivaled “College Town, USA” with more colleges and universities than any metropolitan area in the country. The Sporting News dubbed it the nation’s best sports town in 2002, ’04 and ’05.
Harvard women’s basketball completed its 37th season as a varsity sport in 2010-11. Harvard has won 11 Ivy League championships since 1986 and has taken the title three times in the last six years and four times in the last eight. In 2006-07 and 2007-08, the Crimson won back-to-back crowns for the fourth time in program history. The 2008-09 squad captured the program's 500th win Jan. 30, 2009 against Penn becoming the first school in Boston and Ivy League team to accomplish that feat.
The third coach in program history, Kathy Delaney-Smith finished her 29th season at the helm of the Crimson in 2010-11. Delaney-Smith, the all-time winningest Ivy League women’s basketball coach, owns an overall coaching record of 455-317, which includes a 278-120 mark in Ivy League play. Included are eight 20-win seasons, 11 Ivy titles, a .500-or-better record in 21 of the last 22 years and trips to six of the last 14 NCAA tournaments.
Harvard Was the First...
Harvard was the first Ivy League basketball team on either the men’s or women’s side to go undefeated during conference play. The Crimson accomplished that feat in 1996-97 and repeated it in 2002-03. Allison Feaster ’98 was the first Ivy player — male or female — to sweep the major Ivy League honors when she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and Player of the Year in 1996, ’97 and ’98. Harvard also has the distinction of being the first and only basketball program — men or women — to upset a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Crimson recorded the incredible upset March 14, 1998, defeating No. 1 Stanford in the first round of the NCAA tournament.