‘Believe It’: Harvard Women’s Basketball Fights Back Against Consistent Injuries
“That's been the theme of the season, honestly – people are in and out, so it's kind of like winning anyway we can at this point – it doesn’t really matter what it looks like. Just be tough, go out there, and play for the people that are injured.”
Gift of the Gab
First-year guard Gabby Anderson takes a shot at the hoop in the team's 68-59 conquest of Boston College on November 10. The Columbus, Ohio native, who has been a critical starter for the Crimson, has since torn her ACL, putting her on the bench for the rest of the year.
You Better "Believe It"
The Harvard women's basketball team celebrates after a 68-59 win over neighboring university Boston College back on November 10 at Lavietes Pavillion. The team is currently on a three-game winning streak against Ivy League teams and will take on two more league opponents this weekend.
A Lavietes Legend Retires: Kathy Delaney-Smith, Coach of the Year
In 40 seasons as Harvard's women's basketball coach, Kathy Delaney-Smith racked up 630 victories, 11 Ivy League championships, and six NCAA Tournament appearances. Her team culture was built through camaraderie and trust, leading her to become the all-time winningest basketball coach, male or female, in conference history.
With a Record of Building Tournament Teams, Carrie Moore Plans to Bring Women’s Basketball Back to March
As soon as Harvard Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith announced this past fall that she would be retiring after 40 years at the University, Carrie Moore set her “heart and eyes” on the position. Moore had just coached her first game as an assistant at the University of Michigan, but she had wanted to be a head coach since she worked at basketball camps in college, and the job she describes as the best in the country was always at the back of her mind.
Harvard women's basketball participates in Crimson Madness for its season opener on March 15, 2021. Team will now be led by Carrie Moore after over 40 years under the helm of Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
Women's Basketball Season Ends in Heartbreak as it Falls to Princeton in Ivy Madness, 72-67
For the third time this season, Harvard (13-14, 7-7) fell to No. 24 Princeton (25-5, 14-0). Unlike the two previous contests, this Ivy Madness matchup was a barn burner, with both offenses excelling in the clutch. The Crimson rallied late but ran out of gas, losing by a score of 72-67 in its final game of head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith's remarkable career.
All Forbes One, One Forbes All
Junior guard McKenzie Forbes lays the ball in in a 99-75 victory over Merrimack on Nov. 30, 2021. The first weekend of Spring Break, Forbes' 22 points were not enough to lead the Crimson to victory.
Women's Basketball Clinches Spot in Ivy League Tournament After Splitting a Pair of Weekend Games
The Crimson (13-13, 7-7) traveled to Hanover, N.H. to square off against the Big Green (3-23, 2-12) in a must win game to keep their Ivy Madness hopes alive. Harvard responded to the pressure in dominant fashion, crushing their conference rivals by a 33-point margin.
Harvard Women’s Basketball Falls to Ivy League Rivals Columbia and Cornell in Difficult Road Trip
As Harvard women’s basketball (12-12, 6-6) continued down the home stretch of its regular season this past weekend, a pair of road matchups with the Columbia Lions (19-4, 10-1) and Cornell Big Red (9-13, 4-7) presented key opportunities for the Crimson to solidify its spot in the Ivy League women’s basketball tournament in March. On Friday night, Harvard traded baskets in a competitive, high-scoring affair with Columbia before losing, 74-70. The Crimson was then unable to repeat its 42-point victory over Cornell on January 22, falling to the Big Red on Saturday night, 52-49.
Women's Basketball Falls Short in Overtime, 87-78, After Furious Rally Against Penn
Much like its previous meeting against Penn (9-12, 4-5 Ivy League), Harvard (12-10, 6-4) fell down by a wide margin early and staged a furious late rally in the pivotal conference matchup at Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday. However, the Crimson was unable to replicate the successful comeback it made on Jan. 29, eventually falling to the Quakers in overtime by a score of 87-78.
Harmoni and Melody
First-year guard Harmoni Turner dribbles up the court in a 99-75 victory over Merrimack on Nov. 30. On Saturday, Turner dropped 23 points in the Crimson's comeback attempt against Penn.
Women's Basketball Earns Critical Pair of Conference Victories
After notching three consecutive wins over Ivy League opponents, Harvard women’s basketball returned to Lavietes Pavilion this past weekend in triumphant fashion. On Friday night, the Crimson (12-9, 6-3 Ivy League) earned a hard-fought 77-73 victory over the Brown Bears (5-15, 0-8). The following night, Harvard treated its large home crowd to a 65-59 win over the Yale Bulldogs (13-8, 6-3), extending the Crimson’s winning streak to a season-best five games.
Maggie in Her Baggie
Junior guard Maggie McCarthy dribbles up the court in a 99-75 victory over Merrimack on Nov. 30. McCarthy contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds over the course of the conference wins this past weekend.