Women’s Basketball Opens 42nd Season vs. Maine at Lavietes

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Harvard vs. Maine
Friday, November 13, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Harvard trails, 5-7
L, 46-65 (December 7, 2014)
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The Storyline
Harvard women's basketball opens its 42nd season Friday, welcoming Maine to Lavietes Pavilion for a 5:30 p.m. matchup. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Year
The Crimson returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad that went 14-14 overall, including senior captain AnnMarie Healy who posted 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Harvard finished the year strong, winning four straight and five of the last seven contests.

Preseason Poll
Harvard women's basketball was picked third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. The rankings mirror the final standings from last season, where the Crimson went 7-7 in conference play and knotted with Yale for third. 

Opening Act
Harvard is 20-21 all-time in season openers and 17-16 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The Crimson had lost three-straight season openers before defeating Colgate, 68-53, a season ago.

Scouting Maine
•    Maine returns all five starters and 13 letterwinners from its 2014-15 team that reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2004-05 and totaled its most wins (23) in 11 years. The Black Bears won the America East co-regular season championship and returned to the WNIT for their first time since 2005.  

•   The Black Bears will again be led by senior forward Liz Wood (13.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and Sigi Koizar (14.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg).

•    The Crimson trails Maine, 7-5, in the all-time series. Harvard had won four-straight until Maine posted a 65-46 win a season ago. Last year, AnnMarie Healy paced the Crimson with 13 points, adding four rebounds. Erin McDonnell '15 also posted 11 points and five rebounds in the loss. Liz Wood of Maine led all scorers with 25 points and nine rebounds as the Black Bears shot 52.4 percent from the floor and made seven triples.     

•  Head coach Richard Barron enters his fifth year at UMaine and 16th overall as a head coach. Barron came to Maine after a two-year stint at North Carolina State, where he served as an assistant coach under Kellie Harper. Barron is no stranger to the Ivy League, having started his career at Princeton.  

It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard broke the record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer against Dartmouth last year (1/24/15). The Crimson has made at least one three-point field goal in 185 consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.

Hot-Handed Healy
After averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore, forward AnnMarie Healy broke out a year ago, posting 13.4 points per game on 52.0 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native started 25 games – the first of her career – and added a personal-best 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 steals.

Captaining the Ship
Rising seniors AnnMarie Healy and Kit Metoyer were named captains for 2015-16.

Healy, who also earned the Most Improved Player Award, upped her averages from 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds a season ago to 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds as a junior. The Edina, Minnesota native started 25 of 27 games and scored in double-figures 19 times, including a career-high 24 points in a win over Yale.

Metoyer, a Houston product, started eight of 28 games played, posting 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. She tallied a season-high 15 points at Cornell and recorded seven-plus points 10 times. 

Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 623-455 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     496        46-34

Columbia 234          57-3

Cornell    388        62-11

Dartmouth 557      44-33

Penn       478        49-26

Princeton 612        40-36

Yale        477        48-30

*as of March 24, 2015

#Legend
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 532 career victories, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith passed former Princeton head coach Pete Carril (514) for most wins by an Ancient Eight coach on either the men's or women's side during the 2013-14 season. Delaney-Smith also owns 313 career wins in the conference with her 300th coming against Yale Feb. 8, 2014. Delaney-Smith is just two away from matching Carril for most Ivy wins. 

Delaney-Smith, in her 33rd season at the helm of the Crimson, earned her 500th win in 2013-14, joining a group of 28 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. She is also one of four active Division I head coaches to spend 33-plus years at one institution.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring multiple camera angles, replay, and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here

First to 600
Harvard recorded the 600th win in program history in 2013-14. Harvard was the first Ivy League school and first Division I program in Massachusetts to accomplish the feat. The Crimson was also the first Ivy program to 500 wins (Jan. 30, 2009 against Penn). The Crimson currently sits at 623-455.

Cleaning the Glass
As a team, the Crimson outrebounded its opponent 19 times last year. Harvard owned a 10-9 mark when controlling the glass.

Comeback Kids
The Crimson overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat NJIT Jan. 18, 2015 - its largest comeback since Feb. 20, 2009 (defeated Princeton, 54-50, after trailing by 22). Harvard won five games a season ago when trailing at the half. The Crimson most recently overcame a five-point halftime deficit to take down Brown, 76-69, on March 7, 2015.

Hot Handed
Four Crimson players shot greater than 40 percent a season ago (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy paced Harvard with a 52.0 percent clip from the floor and Temi Fagbenle was not far behind, making 48.1. Despite taking almost exclusively threes, Kaitlyn Dinkins owned a 40.0 percent shooting average and fellow captain Erin McDonnell connected at a 41.6 percent clip.

Ivy Openers
Harvard sits at 23-18 all-time in Ivy League openers and 20-13 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 15-straight seasons, with Harvard holding a 9-6 edge in those contests. 

Road Tripping
Harvard has posted .500-or-better records away from home over the last four seasons. Harvard was 8-8 away from Lavietes in 2014-15.

Overtime
The Crimson owned a 1-0 record in overtime games last season. The Crimson is 13-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard played its first contest with extra time since December 2012 against Holy Cross Nov. 25, 2014.

D-Fence
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 39-4 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 63-17 when allowing fewer than 70 points.

We The People
A pair of Harvard basketball alums won election to office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts last year, as Charlie Baker '79 was elected as the state's new Governor and Maura Healy '92 was tabbed as the new Attorney General.

Healy was a four-year letterwinner on the women's team and was elected as co-captain for her senior campaign. She led the team to the 1991 Ivy League championship as a junior, and finished her career averaging 6.9 points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds.

Baker was a two-year member of Harvard's JV team before making the varsity squad as a junior for the 1977-78 season. Baker appeared in eight games that year for the Crimson, averaging 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. As a senior, Baker served as an assistant coach to the JV team.

USA Basketball
Sophomore Shilpa Tummala, who placed second in the National High School Three-Point Shooting Competition at the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four, was invited to the 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team Trials held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith is no stranger to USA Basketball as she has had the opportunity to coach for USA Basketball three times in her career. In 2005, Delaney-Smith served as the head coach of the contingent that won gold at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history also won gold as an assistant at the 2003 FIBA World Championships for Young Women and helped the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.

Academics
At the foundation of Harvard's lofty reputation is a liberal arts curriculum taught by some of the world's great scholars. Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors teach introductory and Gen Ed courses, and all faculty are readily available for students.

Now equally well-known for its professional schools, Harvard originally received recognition as the country's first and finest undergraduate institution. It has long been committed to reforming college curricula and, in fact, the whole elective system began here over a century ago. Today, Harvard maintains its strong commitment to the undergraduate with one of the broadest programs in existence. Students may concentrate in any of 48 fields, including African-American studies, computer and environmental sciences, engineering, government, classics, and folklore and mythology. The majority of courses offered at Harvard have fewer than 20 students, and most departments feature a "tutorial" system of teaching and learning.

The Harvard Student
While Harvard has long been a leader among universities, it is equally committed to developing leaders among people. Thus, its enrollment is not comprised of 6,700 "geniuses." Instead, the University prides itself on attracting the best all-around young individuals—those with the energy, innovation and creativity to enliven a classroom.

Some students show unusual academic promise through experiences or achievements in study or research. Others are more "well-rounded" and have contributed in many different ways to the lives of their schools or communities. Still others could be called "well-lopsided," with demonstrated excellence in one particular endeavor. And many students bring perspectives formed by unusual personal circumstances or experiences.

The end result is an undergraduate population drawn from every state and many foreign countries, one that brings together a grand diversity of social, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Admission
There is no formula for gaining admission to Harvard. Academic accomplishment in high school is important, but the Admissions Committee also considers many other criteria such as community involvement, extracurricular activities and work experience. There were over 37,000 applicants for the class of 2019.

Strength of character, ability to overcome adversity, and other personal qualities often play a part in admissions decisions.

Grades and test scores are relied on to help assess academic promise, but they are by no means relied on exclusively. Evidence that you are willing and able to take on academic challenges or that you possess strengths not fully revealed in objective information is also of interest to the Admissions Committee.

Financial Aid
In welcoming the Harvard Class of 2012, Harvard ushered in a dramatic expansion of its financial aid programs.  Through a series of reforms, families with incomes up to $65,000 are no longer expected to contribute to the cost of their children's undergraduate education; families earning up to $150,000 will be asked to contribute just a modest fraction of their incomes (generally 10 percent or less); and grants have replaced loans for all undergraduates receiving aid. Harvard has long sought to attract the most talented and promising students, whatever their financial means.  It remains a paramount priority to make that ideal real.

Housing System
Both academically and residentially, Harvard College is fully coeducational. The centers of campus life are the residential houses. The house system, established in 1930, provides a small college atmosphere within the university.

Each house has several faculty members and a staff of residential tutors associated with it, as well as dormitories, dining halls, libraries, intramural athletic teams and a number of social events. There are 12 residential houses, while a 13th unit, Dudley House, provides a parallel life for the students who live off-campus.

All freshmen live in or next to Harvard Yard. "The Yard" is the center of the university, and the hub of Harvard's activity. Resident adult advisers help students explore the academic and non-academic opportunities of their first year. A wide range of programs are designed especially for first-year students—in the arts, intramural athletics and Freshman Seminars.

Students run nearly 400 organizations and programs on campus. Last year, 70 plays and musicals were produced and directed by students. There are men's, women's and mixed voiced choruses, plus over half a dozen a cappella groups. Six orchestras, smaller ensembles, chamber groups and rock bands also thrive. Twenty-two dance groups represent diverse cultures and modes of artistic expression from around the world. There are two student newspapers and numerous political, feminist, ethnic, cultural and religious journals.  In addition, there are several student organizations that focus on diversity and social justice issues.

Diversity
There are more than 50 cultural, ethnic, and international student organizations at Harvard, as well as communities representing nearly every major religion.

The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations sponsors many activities that celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity at Harvard. One of the most anticipated events is Cultural Rhythms, a festival that highlights the talents of Harvard students and offers ethnic foods from around the world. Past emcees have included Queen Latifah, Jackie Chan, Andy Garcia, and Halle Berry.