Harvard (1-2) vs. Sacred Heart (1-1)
Harvard women's basketball hosts Sacred Heart Saturday in its second of three-straight home games at Lavietes Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. and fans unable to make it to Cambridge can watch live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network with Ben Hayes and Alex Vispoli on the call.
LAST TIME OUT
After trailing early, the Crimson used a 15-1 rally in the first half to flip Wednesday's game in its favor, leading to a 75-67 victory over the Saints in the home opener at Lavietes Pavilion. Sophomore Katie Benzan dropped in 22 points and senior Taylor Rooks grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds.
DOMINATING THE BOARDS
As of November 16, Taylor Rooks was pacing the Ivy League with 11.7 rebounds per game. Twice this season she has had at least 13 rebounds after only grabbing 10 boards once last season.
HARVARD AGAINST THE NEC
Harvard has a 21-11 all-time record against teams currently in the Northeast Conference. The Crimson's most wins against one team are eight against Central Connecticut State, while Harvard's four wins over Sacred Heart are its second-most.
Junior Madeline Raster has scored in double figures in all three games this season, the lone Harvard student-athlete to do that. After scoring 10 in both games of the Maine Tip-Off Tournament, Raster dropped 15 in Wednesday's win over Siena.
Harvard has blocked more shots than its opponent in each game this season, including swatting seven against Siena. Jeannie Boehm rejected four shots in that contest and is averaging three per game.
With its win over Siena Wednesday, Harvard is an impressive 26-10 in its home openers under head coach Kathy Delany-Smith. Harvard is 8-1 in its last nine home openers, with that lone loss coming two seasons ago against Maine. All-time, Harvard is 27-16 in its first game of the season on its home court.
AROUND THE YARD
Junior Madeline Raster wrote a phenomenal blog as part of the Athletic Department's larger "Around the Yard" series. Raster detailed her experience on a mission trip to Trinidad and Tobago where she spent a week teaching sports to underprivileged children. Read the whole blog on GoCrimson.com.
SCOUTING SACRED HEART
• The Pioneers have played a pair of close games to open the season, falling at Monmouth, 69-64, and defeating Manhattan at home, 65-61.
• Redshirt sophomore Candice Leatherwood has led Sacred Heart in scoring in both games and comes into Saturday's matchup averaging 21.0 ppg.
• Redshirt junior Katherine Hayes is the leader on the boards for the Pioneers, pulling down 13.0 per outing.
• Sacred Heart went 17-15 last season and reached the WNIT where it fell at St. John's, 72-43.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Make sure to head over to tickets.GoCrimson.com to reserve your seats for every Harvard women's basketball game.