Runaway Train

Gizney World

For the Harvard women's basketball team, everything is coming together at the perfect time.

The Crimson is playing its best basketball of the season and rolling over the competition like a freight train without brakes. With only seven regular season games remaining, Harvard seems headed for a second consecutive Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

But perhaps more importantly for these players, Harvard is also trying to make history.

No women's team has ever gone undefeated in league play. That all may change this year.

The 1997 version of the Crimson is halfway towards achieving its goal of an undefeated Ivy League season. Harvard has already defeated every team in the league once, and the Crimson is improving its play with every game.


In its last four games, Harvard has shot better than 50 percent from the field. Its average margin of victory in these games is an incredible 24 points. The Crimson has now won 19 consecutive Ivy League contests.

If Harvard continues to perform as it has been, there is no team in the Ivy League that can even play in the same gym with the Crimson.

This train is barrelling straight into the record books while leaving other teams wondering what hit them.

The latest victim to be derailed by Harvard was the Princeton Tigers, 80-53, on Saturday night.

And if what this Crimson team is doing as a unit is not amazing enough to attract fans by the herd, the individual accomplishments should be.

Saturday's annihilation of Princeton was highlighted by co-captain Jessica Gelman's record-breaking performance. Harvard's engineer broke the school's career assist record early in the game. She finished the night with eight points and a phenomenal 11 assists.

The recipient of Gelman's record-breaking pass was the locomotive that powers the Crimson machine, junior forward Allison Feaster. Feaster's recent performances have been nothing short of sensational.

She netted 25 points against the Tigers and 23 points the previous night against Penn, while pulling down 13 rebounds in each game.

All this came after a 30-point effort at Brown last weekend. Her six steals against Princeton were just two shy of the Harvard single-game record.

Co-captain Kelly Black, sophomore Suzie Miller and junior Alison Seanor join Gelman and Feaster to round out a starting lineup which has finally gelled.

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