Women's Basketball Takes on Boston University on NESN Tuesday

Sydney Skinner and the Crimson host BU to cap a three-game homestand Tuesday (Gil Talbot).
Sydney Skinner and the Crimson host BU to cap a three-game homestand Tuesday (Gil Talbot).
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Harvard (2-2) vs. Boston Univ. (2-1)
Nov. 21, 2017
      6 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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NESN | Ivy League Network
Scott Sudikoff, Bill Sapulding, Adam Giardino
Harvard leads, 17-15
     W, 65-52 (Nov. 22, 2016)
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Harvard women's basketball will wrap-up a three-game homestand Tuesday evening, hosting crosstown rival Boston University at 6 p.m. The game will air live from Lavietes Pavilion on NESN and the Ivy League Network with Scott Sudikoff and Bill Spaulding on the call and Adam Giardino reporting from the sidelines.

Led by a 16-point, 12 rebound double-double from sophomore Jeannie Boehm, the Crimson dispatched of Sacred Heart, 70-62, last Saturday. Katie Benzan and Madeline Raster also reached double-figure scoring and as a team Harvard was 13-of-15 from the free throw line. 

Harvard pulled down 51 rebounds in the win over Sacred Heart. It marked the first time since Feb. 25, 2017 that Harvard had over 50 rebounds in a game. The Crimson pulled down 58 last season at Brown.

Taylor Rooks and Jeannie Boehm both rank in the top five in the Ivy League thus far in rebounds per game at 10.0 and 9.8, respectively. As a team, the Crimson has been dominant on the offensive glass, averaging a conference-best 17.5 offensive rebounds per outing. 

Against teams currently in the Patriot League, the Crimson is 45-32 all-time. Boston University is its most common opponent from that conference and Harvard is 17-15 against the Terriers. 

Sophomore Jeannie Boehm has filled the stat sheet this season, posting her second double-double of the year against Sacred Heart. Boehm led the Crimson with 16 points and all players with 12 rebounds in the 70-62 victory. She also had a double-double in the season opener against Dayton.

Junior Madeline Raster has scored in double figures in all four 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 and 11 on Saturday against Sacred Heart.

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 2.5 per game. 

Boehm's 10 total blocks this season ranks 12th in the nation.

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 the Maine. All-time, Harvard is 27-16 in its first game of the season on its home court.

Harvard women's basketball was selected third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. Harvard has finished in the top three of the Ivy League standings every year since the 2006-07 campaign (11 years). The Crimson earned 98 points in the poll, just behind Princeton, picked second in the poll with 120 points, and Penn, picked first with 129 points. Harvard finished the 2016-17 campaign in third place at 8-6 in the Ivy League, behind Princeton (9-5) and conference regular season champion Penn (13-1).

LINK: Women's Basketball Picked Third in Ivy Preseason Poll

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.

LINK: Around the Yard with Madeline Raster 

• Tuesday's game will be the third in a row on the road for the Terriers. They opened the season with a one-point home win, 74-73, over Northeastern and have since lost at New Hampshire, 72-57, and beat Delaware Sunday, 85-79. 

• Four BU players are averaging at least 10 ppg. Junior Payton Hauck leads the way at 14.3 ppg, with senior Sophie Beaudry (13 .0), freshman Katie Nelson (13.0) and sophomore Nia Irving (10.0) behind her. 

• BU finished last season 13-17 overall and 11-7 in the Patriot League. They fell in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament to American, 57-51.

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