CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Beginning a five-game homestand, the Harvard women's basketball team (9-5, 0-1 Ivy League) will host Dartmouth (7-7, 1-0 Ivy League) this Saturday, Jan. 25 at Lavietes Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
What to Know
- The Crimson entered the first weekend of 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.
- In its conference opener, Harvard fell late to Dartmouth in the final seconds of the game, 63-62. Three Crimson players recorded double-digit points, led by first-year Lola Mullaney with 16. Senior Jeannie Boehm broke her career-high in rebounds for the second time this season, now with 18, and set a new career-high in assists with eight.
- Opening conference play against the Crimson two weeks ago, Dartmouth narrowly defeated Harvard, 63-62, to start Ivy League action with a 1-0 record. The Big Green snapped a three-game losing streak in the process and broke Harvard's three-game winning streak in its all-time series.
- Harvard now sits at 26-20 all-time in Ivy League openers and 23-15 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 20-straight seasons, with the Crimson holding a 12-8 edge in those contests over the Big Green.
- Dominating the Ivy League defensive stats, Harvard ranks first in defensive rebounds, averaging 30.5 to top the standings. Boehm leads the league and the Crimson in rebounding as well, averaging 10.5 per game. Harvard has five players in the top 25 of the conference in rebounds.
- First-year Mullaney continues to lead the Crimson's offense, averaging 15.2 points per game to top Harvard's line up and place seventh 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.
Harvard will host Penn and Princeton in two pivotal Ivy League matchups at Lavietes Pavilion next weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast on ESPN+.