Women’s Basketball Begins Ivy League Action at Dartmouth

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Headed into conference play with its best non-conference record in three years, the Harvard women's basketball team (9-4, 0-0 Ivy League) will open Ivy League action at Dartmouth this Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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Broadcast: at Dartmouth
Live Stats: at Dartmouth
Twitter: @HarvardWBB

What to Know
- The Crimson enters conference play with its best non-conference record since the 2016-17 season, earning a 9-4 record with a 4-1 home mark at Lavietes Pavilion.
- Concluding non-conference action at home to close out 2019, Harvard battled back from a nine-point deficit on two different occasions to force overtime and earn a 61-58 victory over Rhode Island. Four Crimson players scored in double figures for the second-straight game, led by seniors Mackenzie Barta and Jeannie Boehm with 14 apiece.
- Harvard sits at 26-19 all-time in Ivy League openers and 23-14 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 19-straight seasons, with the Crimson holding a 12-7 edge in those contests over the Big Green.
- Dartmouth enters Ivy League play at the bottom of the conference standings with a 6-7 overall record. The Crimson holds a 50-35 advantage over the Big Green in its all-time series, picking up two wins last season.
- The Crimson has won six of its last eight games, currently looking to extend its two-game win streak into conference action.
- Dominating the Ivy League defensive stats, Harvard ranks first in defensive rebounds, averaging 30.8 to top the standings. Boehm leads the league and the Crimson in rebounding as well, averaging 9.9 per game. Harvard has five players in the top 21 of the conference in rebounds.
- First-year Lola Mullaney continues to lead the Crimson's offense, averaging 15.1 points per game to top Harvard's line up and place eighth in the Ivy League rankings.

Leading the Way
The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 38th season at the helm of the program after leading the Crimson to its fourth-straight, and ninth in the last 11 years, WNIT appearance last season. The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 602 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.

Up Next
Harvard will return home to Lavietes Pavilion to host Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.