CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Looking forward to the 2019-20 season, the Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith has announced its incoming Class of 2023 today: Gabby Donaldson, Gracie Martin, Lola Mullaney, Sara Park and Annie Stritzel.
"This is a very dynamic combination of players, each with a skill set that compliments one another. As a group they bring scoring, shooting, defense and IQ," stated Delaney-Smith. "I feel the future is very bright for Harvard Basketball."
The five-member group of first-years hail from Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia and will join a group of 10 returning letterwinners. The Crimson posted a 17-13 overall record and 9-5 conference mark during its 2018-19 campaign, advancing to the second round of the WNIT for the fifth time and hosting the first two rounds. Its postseason appearance was the 15th in program history and ninth in the WNIT, the most of any Ivy League school.
The Class of 2023 can be found below:
Gabby Donaldson | Guard | 5-6 | Raleigh, N.C. | Wakefield HS
Four-year letterwinner in basketball at Wakefield, captain for three years … Played for Team Carolina AAU from 2012-2018 … Two-time USA Today High School Sports Super 25 Girls Basketball Top Star candidate in 2018-19 … Named to the HSOT North Carolina All-East Team in 2018-19 … Named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Second Team All-District in 2018-19 … Named Wakefield's Girl's Basketball's Best Defensive Player in 2018-19 … 1,000 career points scorer at Wakefield … Received Northern Atlantic Conference VI All-Conference Team honors in 2017-18 and 2018-19 … Named to the Cap-8 Conference Second Team All-Conference in 2016-17 … Received Cap-8 Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2015-16 … Named to the Eastern Alamance High School Holiday Hoopla All-Tournament Team in 2015 … President of the National Honor Society in 2018-19 … President of the National Achievers Society in 2017-18 and 2018-19 … Historian of French Honors Society in 2018-19 … Sports Editor of school newspaper … Member of Quill and Scroll Honor Society … Cousin attended Harvard in 1989 … Sister was member of track and field team at UNC Wilmington.
Gracie Martin | Guard/Forward | 6-1 | Biddeford, Maine | Biddeford HS
Four-year letterwinner and starter on the basketball, softball and volleyball teams at Biddeford … Captained the basketball and volleyball teams for three years … Played AAU for the Maine Firecrackers … 1,000 career points scorer in basketball at Biddeford … Three-time Journal Tribute MVP/Player of the Year in basketball from 2016-2019 … Named to the McDonald's All-Academic Team in 2018-19 … Named to the McDonald's All-Star Team in 2018-19 … Gatorade Player of the Year nominee in 2018-19 … Three-time SMAA Class A Player of the Year from 2016-2019 … Named to the SMAA All-Defensive team in 2017-18 and 2018-19 … Named to the SMAA All-Conference team in 2016-17 … Two-time All-State team member in 2017-18 and 2018-19 … Class A Varsity Basketball leading scorer and rebounder in 2017-18 … Three-time recipient of the Biddeford High School Coaches Award … Two-time SMAA Class A First-Team All-Star in 2016-17 and 2017-18 … Member of the National Honor Society … Student Council Class Representative … Vice President of Class from 2017-2019 … Member of the Captain Leadership, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awareness and Model United Nationals clubs at Biddeford … Volunteer at Biddeford Recreation Department, Monarch Center, St. James School and Good Shepard Parish Youth Ministry … Father played football at Maine Maritime, sister played softball at Southern Maine and grandmother played basketball at Miami.
Lola Mullaney | Guard | 5-11 | Colts Neck, N.J. | Manasquan HS
Four-year letterwinner and starter at Manasquan/Colts Neck HS … Played AAU basketball for NYC Exodus and Books and Basketball … Named to the 2019-20 All-USA New Jersey Girls Basketball Team … Named a Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year nominee … Named a McDonald's All-American nominee … Named the Blue Star Invitational MVP … Named to the Jersey Sports Zone All-Zone Team from 2017-19 … Received first team All-Shore Hoop Group honors … Received first team All-Shore Asbury Park Press honors in 2019 … Named to the All-Freshmen Hoop Group team in 2015 … Ranked on ESPN and Prospect Nation … New Jersey State Champion in 2018 at Manasquan … Four-time divisional champion at Manasquan … 1,500 career point scorer … New Jersey Scholar Athlete of the Month … High Honor Roll member … Grandfather was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates … Father played football at Hofstra … Brother plays football at Columbia.
Sara Park | Guard | 5-9 | McLean, Va. | Potomac School
Four-year letterwinner and starter in basketball at the Potomac School … Captained the basketball team her senior year … Played AAU basketball for Matrix, Fairfax Starts EYBL and Team Takeover … Four-time ISL All-League Player … Named to the All-State second team in 2018 … Two-time ISL A Division Conference Tournament champion in 2016-17 and 2018-19 … Named to the All-Northern Virginia second team in 2017-18 … All-time leading scorer with 1,890 points, all-time career three's made with 226 and record holder for single game points scored with 37 at the Potomac School … Commended student in National Merit Scholarship Program.
Annie Stritzel | Guard | 5-10 | Chicago, Ill. | Nazareth Academy
Four-year letterwinner in basketball at the Nazareth Academy … Captained the team from 2017-2019 … Played AAU basketball for Midwest Elite and Chicago Hoop Express … Chicago Tribune Player of the Year … Named ESCC MVP in 2019 … Pioneer Press Player of the Year … Landmark Player of the Year … Two-time first team IBCA All-State honoree … Illinois Miss Basketball candidate … Named Pioneer Press Player of the Year in 2018 … All-time leading scorer at Nazareth … 2018 State Championship runner-up at Nazareth … Two-time Thanksgiving and Christmas Tournament MVP … Named to the High Honor Roll in 2019 … Volunteered with Feed My Starving Children … Worked with the American Cancer Society.