Harvard (7-6, 0-1 Ivy) vs. La Salle (5-10, 0-3 A-10)
Harvard hosts La Salle Wednesday at 12 p.m. in its final out-of-conference matchup of the season. Fans can catch all the action live on NESN and the Ivy League Network with Bill Spaulding and Scott Sudikoff on the call and Ben Altsher reporting from the sideline.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite getting a career-high 23 points from senior Taylor Rooks, the Harvard women's basketball team dropped its Ivy League opener at Dartmouth, 63-56. Sydney Skinner also reached double figures for the Crimson, scoring 10 points.
Harvard holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series against La Salle. The squads met last season in Philadelphia where the Crimson took a 66-64 decision after Destiny Nunley '17 hit a baseline jumper with 1.9 seconds to lift Harvard to victory. That meeting was the first since 1999 between the two teams.
In its first four games at the renovated Lavietes Pavilion this season, the Crimson is 4-0.
Wednesday's matchup against La Salle begins a six-game homestand for Harvard. The Crimson will welcome Ivy foes Dartmouth, Yale, Brown, Columbia and Cornell to Lavietes Pavilion over the next few weeks.
Senior Taylor Rooks registered her team-best fourth double-double Jan. 6, scoring a career-high 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds at Dartmouth. Sophomore Jeannie Boehm also has two double-doubles this season.
The Ivy League men's and women's basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN's networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.
Senior Taylor Rooks has led the Crimson offense over the last four games. The Warren, New Jersey native has scored at least 16 points in each of the last four games, including a career-high 23 at Dartmouth Jan. 6. Rooks is just the third Crimson player with four consecutive games in double figures, joining Madeline Raster (seven) and Katie Benzan (five).
Harvard has pulled down at least 50 rebounds in three games this season and is outrebounding opponents by 4.7 boards per game. Against FGCU Dec. 20, Harvard grabbed 56 boards, while the Eagles managed just 33. The following night against Akron, the Crimson secured a season-high 57 boards and limited the Zips to 34.
SCOUTING LA SALLE
The Explorers enter Wednesday's matchup with a 5-10 overall record. La Salle has dropped its last four games, including its first three Atlantic-10 contests to Dayton, George Mason and Richmond.
Senior Amy Griffin highlights the La Salle roster, coming in averaging 15.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, and 3.3 assists, all team-highs. Junior Adreana Miller is second on the team, averaging 12.9 points per outing.
As a team, the Explorers commit 20.4 turnovers per game, the second-most in the A-10. Conversely, La Salle forces its opponents into just 11.8 turnovers, the lowest mark in the A-10.
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).
AROUND THE YARD
Juniors Madeline Raster and Nani Redford wrote a phenomenal blogs 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 and Redford described her trip to Africa.
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.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Make sure to head over to tickets.GoCrimson.com to reserve your seats for every Harvard women's basketball home game.