By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Harvard’s Run Reminiscent of Feaster Days
HARTFORD, Ct. — Harvard University once again won the Ivy League title this past year recording a 13-1 record and was named a 15th seed in the NCAA Tournament. They played second-seeded and defending champion Maryland in Hartford and actually outdrew the Terrapins.
The game was evenly played throughout the first ten minutes with Harvard leading by as many as four early before Maryland took over and went on an 11-0 run to put the game away.
In the early going, one had to start thinking about the March 14, 1998 game played at Maples Pavilion in California when Harvard became the only 16th seed in men’s or women’s basketball history to defeat a No. 1 seed when they upset Stanford 71-67.
Sure Stanford’s team had two starters unable to play because of torn ACL’s, but the Cardinal still had tons of talent at every position and was just lacking in depth.
Harvard entered the game with an All-American player in Allison Feaster and a bunch of roll players for head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith’s Ivy League championship team.
Feaster is certainly the greatest player to every play for Harvard and perhaps the top woman to every play in the Ivy League.
She was a four-year starter at forward for the Crimson and in the game against Stanford had 35 points and 13 rebounds and one of the most dominating performances in NCAA Tournament history.
Obviously defeating Stanford was the fondest memory of Feaster’s career calling her team “the perfect example of the underdog.”
Out of high school her options besides Harvard were Duke, Yale, Princeton and Rice but chose Harvard because “the educational experience was second to none.”
Feaster further noted that she misses her “teammates and the competitiveness of the Ivy League” more than anything else in her post-college days but she certainly is still involved in the competitive nature of basketball playing for the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA.
The 5-foot-11 forward has been a staple in the WNBA since 1998 and is one of the top three point shooters in the League.
She started her career for the Los Angeles Sparks in 1998 and played there for three seasons averaging 6.3 ppg in 2000. She was then traded to Charlotte and averaged 12.4 ppg in 2003, starting all 34 games for the Sting.
Feaster was selected as a reserve for the 2004 WNBA All-Star team and led the Sting in scoring not only in 2003 but in 2004 as well.
She hopes to get involved in the business of sports some day in the future but will never forget that exciting win over Stanford almost a decade ago.