Women's Basketball: Around The Ivies

Published by Courtesy Crimson Sports Staff on November 13, 2014 at 3:14AM

The women's basketball team looks to break its string of second-place finishes in the Ivy League when it begins its season Saturday.


Having come in second in the league for the past six years, this Crimson squad is itching to return to the top. Though Harvard graduated its top scorer in guard Christine Clark ’14, the team welcomes four talented rookies and returns senior forward Temi Fagbenle, who averaged 13 points per game last season. 

Player To Watch: Temi Fagbenle, senior forward

Fagbenle will be one of three 6’4” women on the Crimson’s squad, but the most experienced of the bunch.


After finishing last season 4-10 in the Ivy League and 10-18 overall during longtime coach Jean Burr’s last season at the helm, the Bears will turn to first-year coach Sarah Behn. Behn has big shoes to fill, as Burr retired as the winningest coach in Brown women’s basketball history after 26 years. Senior guard Sophie Bikofsky should lead the Bears’ offense again this year. 

Player To Watch: Sophie Bikofsky, senior guard

Bikofsky led the nation in shooting from deep last season and will be crucial to Brown’s offense again.


Tweets of the Week

Published by Katherine H. Scott on November 05, 2014 at 3:38AM

With the fall term wrapping up, Harvard student athletes, including women's soccer sophomore forward Midge Purce, take to Twitter to express their thoughts

November has crept up without a warning, masked by deceivingly warm weather. With the next two months come the end of the fall sports regular season, and teams are now focusing on the post-season tournaments.

While you may have been keeping up with their stats, you may have missed some of Harvard’s athlete’s most entertaining tweets. Here at The Back Page, we have compiled a few tweets that made us chuckle.


Athlete of the Week Runners-Up: Week of 3/10

Published by Ty Aderhold on March 14, 2014 at 11:42AM
Captain Clutch

Harvard men's basketball co-captain Laurent Rivard will be key in the Crimson's foray into March Madness.

While sophomore wrestler Todd Preston’s double sudden death overtime victory at the EIWA Championships all but guaranteed him Athlete of the Week honors, here were some other baller performances (read: they all played really good basketball) by Crimson athletes this past weekend.


Ex Post Facto—The Weekend in Sports: 3/9/14

Published by Ty Aderhold on March 13, 2014 at 8:33PM

While you were busy power-watching housing day videos and writing strongly worded letters to your various friends in Kirkland house, here is what happened in Harvard sports this weekend.

With its 70-58 win over Yale on Friday night, the men’s basketball team secured the Ivy League championship outright and earned its third straight bid to the Dance.  Sports writers nationwide rejoiced with the win, immediately pitching Tommy Amaker features to everyone around them. “It is such a great story for a long-form feature,” they exclaim. TRUST US, WE KNOW. JUST STOP ALREADY. Besides, the original is still the best.

Speaking of top-notch basketball coaches, women’s basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith now owns the most wins in Ivy League basketball history, passing Princeton legendary men’s basketball coach Pete Carril with her 515th against Yale on Friday night. It remains unclear whether Delaney-Smith will be getting the Amaker treatment or not (she is certainly more than deserving), but Bartley’s Burger Cottage, known for its special burgers named after pop culture references, did have a Delaney-Smith special on Friday afternoon. While rumors abound on the Cambridge community’s desire for a “Fire Donato!” special, Bartley’s has neither confirmed nor denied that such a burger is in the works.


Delaney-Smith Goes for All-Time Ivy Win Record

Published by Orlea L. Miller on March 08, 2014 at 12:41PM
Delaney-Smith Sets Mark

Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith pictured with her team earlier this year.

During a week in which the Crimson women’s basketball team overcame early deficits to improve their record to 19-7 by beating Cornell and Columbia, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith set her own records from the sidelines.

After 32 years at Harvard, Delaney-Smith won her 514th game on Saturday night, tying former Princeton men’s coach Pete Carril for the most wins by an Ivy League basketball coach.

“I’m very proud of that record, but it’s secondary to so many other things,” Delaney-Smith said. “I think Harvard is a school that does it right; the balance of athletics and academics is philosophically what I believe in.”