Until March 14, 1998, a No. 16 seed had never beaten a No. 1 seed in either the men’s or women’s postseason basketball tournament. Then, the Harvard women’s basketball team played Stanford.
Some Harvard students devote most of their time to studies, others spend hours split between the classroom and the field, while others begin their morning in one jersey and end their day in another. Well, just one: graduating senior and women’s basketball captain Maggie McCarthy.
Carrie Moore’s career as Crimson basketball coach tipped off to a tremendous start in the 2022-23 season. In her first year at the head of the program, the former Western Michigan standout and retired professional basketball player led the team to a 9-5 Ivy League record and a deep run in the WNIT tournament — one that made program history.
The 2023 Harvard women’s basketball team made history this past weekend by playing in the Great Eight of the NCAA WNIT for the first time in program history. The Crimson traveled to the Big Apple to meet familiar Ivy adversary Columbia for the fourth time this season, though Harvard wasn’t able to fend off the Lions, losing in a close six-point game by the score of 77-71.
The Harvard women's basketball team celebrates its 74-63 victory over the University of Rhode Island on March 23 at Lavietes Pavilion, sending the Crimson to the quarterfinal match of the 2023 NCAA WNIT. Harvard went on to lose against Columbia in a 77-71 battle on March 26.
Princeton reasserted its dominance after a 10-point Harvard lead vanished on Friday night at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym. The Tigers thundered back to beat Harvard 51-47 for a senior night win.
Senior guards McKenzie Forbes and Maggie McCarthy line up at Harvard's 2021 game against Merrimack, in which the Crimson defeated Warriors 99-75. Harvard recently fell to Princeton 51-47 but will take on Dartmouth this weekend before competing in the Ivy Madness Tournament from March 10-12.
Harvard has been preparing for its game against Princeton this Friday, which will be an important indicator of how it needs to change its game for the Ivy League tournament. In the history of Harvard vs. Princeton women’s basketball games, 91 in total, the Tigers have won 46 to Harvard’s 45 games.
“That's been the theme of the season, honestly – people are in and out, so it's kind of like winning anyway we can at this point – it doesn’t really matter what it looks like. Just be tough, go out there, and play for the people that are injured.”
First-year guard Gabby Anderson takes a shot at the hoop in the team's 68-59 conquest of Boston College on November 10. The Columbus, Ohio native, who has been a critical starter for the Crimson, has since torn her ACL, putting her on the bench for the rest of the year.