Sharp Shooting Leads Women’s Basketball Past Boston University, 80-70

Taylor Rooks scored a career-high 23 points and notched her fourth double-double with 11 boards (Gil Talbot).
Taylor Rooks scored a career-high 23 points and notched her fourth double-double with 11 boards (Gil Talbot).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  Led by senior Taylor Rook's 22 points and 11 rebounds, the Harvard women's basketball team (3-2) pushed past Boston University, 80-70, at Lavietes Pavilion Tuesday night. The Crimson made 13 3-pointers in the winning effort, its most since Nov. 12, 2016 when it made 16 at Minnesota.

Harvard's long range shooting bolstered its offense throughout the first half. In the opening minutes it was Rooks and sophomore Katie Benzan hitting from behind the arc to give the Crimson a 10-6 lead. BU battled back and closed out the first quarter on a 7-0 run to make it 17-12 at the first intermission.

The 3-pointer proved to be the comeback tool for the Crimson in the second frame. Junior Sydney Skinner started things off with a triple 30 seconds into the period and Rooks and Madeline Raster followed suit to put Harvard ahead, 23-21. The teams traded baskets throughout the period, but Benzan converted on two more 3-point attempts in the final 3:09 to put Harvard up, 35-29, at the half.

Harvard's offense continued its surge into the third quarter building its lead to 51-35 at the midway point on another Benzan 3-pointer. Kirby Porter picked up the assist on that score. Taylor Rooks extended the lead to 20 points late in the period, knocking down a triple and putting back an offensive rebound for five of her career-high 22 points.

The Terriers chipped away at the deficit throughout the fourth quarter, coming as close as five points, but Harvard withstood the charge and captured its third-straight win to move to 3-0 at home this year.

Harvard Highlights:
- Senior Taylor Rooks scored a career-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including four 3-pointers.
- Harvard was 13-for-30 on 3-point attempts. The 13 makes were the most since converting 16 times at Minnesota in the 2016-17 season opener.
- Sophomore Katie Benzan has a knack for hitting 3-pointers against BU. Her five on Tuesday were her most since her career-high of seven last season versus the Terriers.
-Harvard registered 21 assists, the most since compiling 24 last March against New Hampshire.

Game Notes:
- The Crimson is now on a three-game winning streak having won all three games of its homestand.
- This marks Harvard's third-straight win against the Terriers and improves the Crimson to 18-15 all-time against BU.

What's next?
Harvard heads to Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend to take on Virginia Saturday and North Carolina A&T Sunday at the Cavalier Classic at John Paul Jones Arena.