CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Jeannie Boehm was an efficient 9-of-11 from the field to lead all scorers with 19 points and Sydney Skinner chipped in a season-high 16 points off the bench, pacing the Harvard women's basketball team (8-6) to a 70-61 victory over La Salle (5-11) Wednesday at Lavietes Pavilion.
La Salle was first on the board, scoring the opening six points, but the Crimson seized control of the action the rest of the first quarter going on a 23-4 run over the final 8:26. Junior Madeline Raster was instrumental in the offensive onslaught, going 4-of-5 from the field for nine points and Boehm contributed six points. Harvard capitalized on La Salle miscues, scoring 12 points off turnovers in the opening stanza.
Trailing by 13 entering the second quarter, the Explorers offense chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to as few as five after an Amy Griffin and-one play with 7:09 on the clock. Raster countered with an old-fashioned three-point play of her own two minutes later to put the Crimson back up eight. A late charge by the Crimson in the final minute of the quarter was accentuated by junior Sydney Skinner blocking a 3-point attempt on the defensive end and then going coast-to-coast as time expired for the layup, giving Harvard a 41-29 cushion at the half.
In the second half, Harvard matched La Salle each time the Explorers attempted to cut into the Crimson advantage. Boehm had a pair of buckets early in the third quarter to reach double figures. In the fourth quarter, sophomore Katie Benzan became the fourth Harvard player to reach double figures, hitting her second 3-pointer of the game to give her 10 points. A pair of Nani Redford layups as the clock was winding down capped the win for the Crimson.
- Jeannie Boehm scored 19 points, matching her season-high vs. North Carolina A&T Nov. 26.
- Sydney Skinner finished with 16 points, a new season-high.
- Harvard shot 54.9 percent from the field (28-of-51), its best percentage this season.
- The Crimson had 24 points off turnovers its highest total this season.
- Harvard scored 44 points in the paint, also a season-best.
- The Crimson had four players reach double figures, Boehm (19), Skinner (16), Raster (14) and Benzan (10). That last happened Nov. 21 against Boston University.
- Harvard improves to 3-1 all-time against La Salle.
Harvard will take a 10-day hiatus from competition before resuming Ivy League play Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. against Dartmouth. Fans can watch that game live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.