In front of its largest crowd of the season, the Crimson was able to overcome a number of runs by the Bears to break its two-game losing streak. It was, in a sense, a matchup that would help decide which of the two teams would contend for the conference title this season, and it appears Harvard answered that question.
Co-captain Destiny Nunley ‘17 posted 17 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday night to lead Harvard over the visiting Brown squad. The Crimson’s fourth-quarter shutdown of the Bears offense allowed Harvard to pull away, placing the Crimson in prime position to contend for the 2016-17 Ivy League title.
Not only is any hope of entry into the Top 25 gone, but also the team’s first Ivy League title since the 2007-2008 season may have slipped away as well.
The Harvard women’s basketball team will face a stern test of its title-winning credentials this weekend as it travels to face the ‘Killer P’s’, Penn and Princeton, this weekend.
Freshman forward Jeannie Boehm rises for a layup against Columbia. The rookie combines with senior forward Destiny Nunley to give Harvard a formidable backcourt. Against Cornell, though, it was sophomore guard Sydney Skinner who made the difference late in the game.
On Friday night, moments after the end of a contest between Harvard women’s basketball and Cornell, Crimson coach Kathy Delaney-Smith exhaled audibly. Her Harvard team, winners of 14 straight before Friday, had entered with a perfect conference record. Over the last forty minutes, the visiting Big Red had done everything to blemish that mark.
The Harvard women’s basketball team has become the team to beat in the Ivy League.
With the regular season already more than halfway over, it would be criminal for anyone in the women’s basketball scene to ignore the Crimson. After an opening game loss at Minnesota with two freshmen starting their first collegiate game, the Ivy League heavyweight has overcome its youth and won 14 straight games to force its way into the national conversation.