Harvard women’s basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith got a team hug after earning her 515th career win, breaking the record held by a former Princeton coach. Harvard beat Yale, 69-65.

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Delaney-Smith breaks Ivy League record

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Harvard women’s basketball head coach wins 515th game, pushing past Princeton record

Harvard women’s basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith earned career win No. 515 to become the all-time winning Ivy League head coach with a 69-65 victory over Yale tonight at Lavietes Pavilion. Until tonight’s victory, Delaney-Smith was tied with Pete Carril for the most wins by an Ivy League coach. (Carril was Princeton men’s coach, who went 514-261 with the Tigers from 1967-96.)

Delaney-Smith owns a career record of 515- 347 in her 32 years with the Crimson. She is one of six active Division I head coaches to spend 32 years at one institution. With the win, Harvard records its 11th 20-win season, all under Delaney-Smith.

The Crimson (20-7, 10-3) was led by junior forward Temi Fagbenle, who registered her 11th double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The 11 double-doubles are the most for a Crimson player since Hana Peljto ’04 posted 15 in 2003-04.

Senior guard Jasmine Evans added 11 points and four assists, while senior captain Christine Clark chipped in 10 points.

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Harvard was back at Lavietes Pavilion Saturday for Senior Night vs. Brown. The Crimson honored  four seniors — Christine Clark, Jasmine Evans, Elise Gordon, and Melissa Mullins. The Crimson women pushed past Brown 87-67.