Harvard vs. Columbia
Harvard vs. Cornell
Harvard women's basketball (10-11, 5-3) returns home for two-straight weekends of Ivy League play, hosting Columbia and Cornell at Lavietes Pavilion Friday-Saturday, Feb. 19-20. The Crimson and Lions tip at 7 p.m. Friday. Harvard packs the house against Cornell Saturday, with tip set for 6 p.m. Both contests can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Harvard went 2-0 last weekend, finishing with a wild game in New Haven. Against Yale, Harvard tied the fourth-largest deficit overcome in NCAA Division I history and the largest in program history (23 points) to beat the Bulldogs, 72-69. Senior AnnMarie Healy led the way for the Crimson with 18 points and six rebounds. Senior Shilpa Tummala added 14 points, including the go-ahead basket.
Harvard will host its fourth annual Pack the House game Saturday vs. Cornell at Lavietes Pavilion. For tickets and full event information, visit tickets.gocrimson.com or click HERE.
Harvard is offering several ticket promotions for the game aimed to fill the stands and create an electric atmosphere for the Crimson as it makes a run at the program's 12th Ivy League championship. Additionally, the game will serve as Harvard's "Pink Zone" game to raise awareness and support in the fight against breast cancer.
Where We Stand
Halfway through the Ivy slate, Harvard sits in a tie with Cornell for third place in the Ivy League, posting a 5-3 mark in Ivy League play. Penn remains undefeated at 7-0, while Princeton is just behind at 6-1.
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 continued the trend in 2015-16, pacing the team with 16.4 points and ranking second with 5.0 rebounds. Healy sits No. 2 in the Ivy League in scoring and has picked up her play during Ancient Eight play, posting 19.0 points to sit first.
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have started 18 games apiece, while Sydney Skinner plays a major role with three starts and 17.5 minutes per game. The trio has combined for 14.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (6.8 ppg) and earned Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 15.
From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala and Kit Metoyer have combined for 4.7 triples per game this season, ranking first and second in the Ivy League with 2.4 and 2.3 treys apiece, respectively. Harvard ranks second in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (6.5).
This season marks the 30th anniversary of the first Crimson squad to win an Ivy League championship. The Crimson sported a 9-3 conference record and bested Dartmouth, 75-66, in the final game of the season to share the title with the Big Green. Harvard has won 11 conference titles, all under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
• Columbia owns a 12-11 overall record, including a 1-7 mark in Ivy League play. The Lions were swept by Penn and Princeton over the weekend.
• Camille Zimmerman paces Columbia with 15.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Tori Oliver chips in 10.5 points and 5.5 boards. Oliver became the 10th Lion to score 1,000 points for her career against the Tigers. The Lions sit second in the conference in points per game, posting 69.8.
• Interim head coach Sheila Roux joined Columbia in April 2013 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and was named an associate head coach for the 2014-15 season. With Roux serving in her first year as the associate head coach, Columbia saw many firsts fall in 2014-15 as it posted the most victories in five seasons with an 8-20 overall record and 2-12 mark against the Ivies.
• The Crimson owns a 58-3 all-time series advantage over Columbia. Harvard has won 12 of the last 13 meetings, including a 69-66 win earlier this year in New York City. Senior AnnMarie Healy posted a career high with 27 points, as the Crimson held on to defeat the Lions. Healy shot 13-of-14 (.929) from the field, the third-best percentage in Harvard history (minimum eight shots).
• Cornell sits in a tie with Harvard for third place in the Ivy League standings, posting a 13-9 overall record and 5-3 mark in conference play. The three losses came at the hands of Harvard, Penn and Princeton.
• Junior forward Nia Marshall paces Cornell with 17.2 points per game, adding 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Classmate Nicolle Aston ranks second on the team with 10.9 points, pulling down a team-high 6.4 boards.
• The winningest coach in the history of the program, and the second-longest tenured women's basketball coach in the Ivy League, Dayna Smith owns 13 years on the sideline with the Big Red. During her head-coaching tenure, Smith's players have earned 22 All-Ivy honors, including one Ivy League Player of the Year award and one All-America selection.
• Harvard holds the all-time series lead against Cornell, 63-11, and has won 16-straight against the Big Red. Earlier this year, senior Kit Metoyer posted a career-high 26 points to lead Harvard past Cornell, 65-56, in overtime. The Houston, Texas product connected on a personal-best six triples, shooting 9-of-15 from the floor and adding six assists. Cornell's Megan LeDuc sent the game to extra time with a 25-foot heave for three.
Harvard sits at 24-18 all-time in Ivy League openers and 21-13 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 16-straight seasons, with Harvard holding a 10-6 edge in those contests.
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.
Harvard 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.
Harvard fell to 20-22 all-time in season openers and 17-17 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
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 205-consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
Tummala Breaks Out
Shilpa Tummala has upped her average from 5.8 points a season ago to 12.2 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 6.3 rebounds and adds 2.0 assists this season.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors AnnMarie Healy and Kit Metoyer were named captains for 2015-16.
Healy, who also earned the Most Improved Player Award a season ago, upped her averages 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 last year, 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 633-466 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 510 47-34
Columbia 246 58-3
Cornell 402 63-11
Dartmouth 566 45-33
Penn 496 49-27
Princeton 629 40-37
Yale 488 49-30
*as of Feb. 16, 2015
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 542 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 318 career wins in the conference – the most of any men's or women's coach – with her 300th coming against Yale Feb. 8, 2014.
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 633-466.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, Harvard is 9-3 when outrebounding opponents this year. A season ago, the Crimson outrebounded its opponent 19 times and owned a 10-9 mark when controlling the glass.
On Feb. 13, 2016, Harvard found itself trailing Yale by 23 points with two minutes to play in the first half. The Crimson used a 14-0 run over the final two minutes and clawed its way back in the second half to walk away with a 72-69 win. It stands as the biggest come-from-behind win in program history (besting the 2009 win over Princeton, where the Crimson overcame a 22-point deficit) and ranks fourth all-time in Division I. The Crimson has won three games this season when trailing at halftime (3-6).
Five Crimson players are posting a 35 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 52.2 percent shooting, which ranks third in the league. Destiny Nunley sits second on the team at 42.7 percent. Shilpa Tummala connects at a 40.6 percent clip. Sydney Skinner and Kit Metoyer round out the pack with a 35.4 and 35.1 shooting percentages, respectively.
This season, the Crimson are 7-6 away from Lavietes. 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.
The Crimson has gone to overtime twice this season, sitting at 1-1. Against Cornell Jan. 29, the first time since Nov. 25, 2014, the Crimson went to overtime, Harvard upended the Big Red65-56. Against Princeton, the Tigers came out on top, 92-83 Feb. 7. Over the last two seasons, Harvard is 2-1 in overtime games. The Crimson is 14-7 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. The match against the Big Red was the first against an Ivy opponent to go to extra time since Feb. 5, 2011 (Penn).
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 43-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 71-23 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
Harvard hosts Yale and Brown next weekend.