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.
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.
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.”
Though it may have been an impossible task to beat men’s squash captain Brandon McLaughlin’s national title winning effort for this edition of the Crimson sports board’s Athlete of the Week, the runners-up did not disappoint with their respective weekend showings.
Jasmine Evans, Women’s Basketball
The Harvard women’s basketball team easily defeated the two Ivy League opponents that trotted into the Lavietes Pavillion this weekend, and Evans had a hand in both wins.
The two Harvard athletes in this week’s edition of the Athlete of the Week runners-up were stellar in Ivy League competition this past week. Both paced their respective squads on the road in victories for the Crimson.
Christine Clark, Women’s Basketball
With Harvard undefeated in the Ivy League coming into this past weekend, Clark made sure that streak continued on Friday. The senior guard picked apart the defense in the Crimson’s 78-68 win over Princeton at the Jadwin Gym, scoring 25 points on 6-of-12 shooting.