CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's basketball team will travel to Hartford this Wednesday, Nov. 21 for a 12 p.m. midweek matchup, before it departs for Los Angeles, Calif. to partake in the 2018 Warner Center Marriott Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at CSUN, Nov. 23-24. The Crimson will first take on Jacksonville St. on Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. EST, and will face either host CSUN or Washington State in the third place or championship game on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 or 9 p.m. EST.
What to Know
- Harvard picked up two wins last week to move to 2-2 overall this season. The Crimson first defeated La Salle, 88-43, in its home opener at Lavietes Pavilion last Wednesday, before traveling to Siena on Friday where it secured a 73-54 win over the Saints.
- Senior co-captain Sydney Skinner recorded a career-high 24 points against the Explorers, while four players posted double digit points against the Saints, paced by Jadyn Bush with 19.
- Sophomore forward Bush was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 19. after posting back-to-back double doubles last week. Against the Explorers, Bush posted 11 points and 10 rebounds, while also shooting 5-for-8 from field goal range and recording two steals. In the triumph at Siena, she went 9-for-11 from the floor for 19 points, while adding 11 boards to her tally.
- Wednesday will mark the 11th meeting in program history between Harvard and Hartford. The Crimson holds a 6-4 lead in the all-time series against the Hawks, while Harvard and Jacksonville St. have never met in program history.
- Harvard was selected third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. The Crimson has finished in the top three of the Ivy League standings every year since the 2006-07 campaign. Harvard earned 104 votes in the preseason poll, narrowly trailing Penn who was picked second with 107 and Princeton who received 133 votes in first.
Leading the Way
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 37th season at the helm of the program after leading the Crimson to its third-straight, and eighth in the last 10 years, WNIT appearance last season. The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 585 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.
Harvard will return home to begin a four-game home stint on Friday, Nov. 30 when it welcomes Quinnipiac to Lavietes Pavilion. Slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off, the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.