Change may be tough to adjust to, but it can be equally as exciting. And this weekend will certainly provide no lack of intrigue as the Harvard women’s basketball team participates in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
The Crimson stretched their win streak to 14, the longest such streak in Division I behind top-ranked Connecticut’s record-breaking 92-game win streak, thanks to a 70-61 triumph on the road against Dartmouth.
Thanks to Nunley’s heroics, which included a team-high 19 points, the Harvard women’s basketball team (13-1) extended its win streak to 13 games and 56 days as it avoided defeat at the hands of an athletic Explorers (9-7) squad. The Texas native sank 9-of-15 field goals and grabbed 12 boards to collect her second double-double of the season.
In another contest one could label as a trap game, the Harvard women’s basketball team overcame Siena (2-8, 1-1 MAAC) on the road for a 65-58 victory. The win extended the team’s unbeaten streak to nine, the longest non-conference run in program history.