Strong Offensive Showing Leads Women’s Basketball Past Dartmouth, 76-65

Sydney Skinner tallied a season-high 20 points and had two steals in Saturday's win (Gil Talbot).
Sydney Skinner tallied a season-high 20 points and had two steals in Saturday's win (Gil Talbot).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  Junior Sydney Skinner and sophomore Katie Benzan each scored 20 points, while sophomore Jeannie Boehm went for her third double-double this season with 16 points and 14 rebounds, pacing the Harvard women's basketball team (9-6, 1-1 Ivy) to a 76-65 victory over visiting Dartmouth (9-6, 1-1 Ivy) Saturday evening.

Harvard showed off its sharpshooting abilities in the first half, hitting 10 of its 16 attempts from behind the arc. Sophomore Katie Benzan set the tone, knocking down five. Junior Sydney Skinner was also on fire from long range, hitting three, while classmate Madeline Raster added two.

The opening minutes saw the teams traded baskets, but the success from three helped Harvard post an 11-0 run over the final 3:00 of the opening period. Following a Boehm lay-in, Benzan hit a pair of threes and Raster capped the frame with another at the horn to put Harvard up 24-16. Midway through the second quarter, freshman Jadyn Bush pushed the lead to 15 points, converting on consecutive layups. Dartmouth chipped away at the deficit and closed the first half down 46-36.

After both teams posted shooting percentages above 50 percent in the opening half, the scoring cooled in the second half, but Harvard's defense kept Dartmouth at bay. The Crimson stifled the Big Green each time they attempted to make a run, raking up 10 steals and two blocks. Harvard did well to protect its possessions as well, committing only 11 turnovers, its fewest since a program-record four at Temple earlier this season.

Dartmouth got only as close as eight points in the second half before Skinner sealed the 76-65 win with two free throws with 41 seconds remaining.

Harvard Highlights:
- Jeannie Boehm posted her third double-double this season, registering 16 points and 14 rebounds. The 14 boards were a career-high. She also had five assists.
- Sydney Skinner tallied 20 points, her highest total this season.
- Katie Benzan finished with 20 points, her third game this season eclipsing 20 points. 
- Harvard had 10 steals to Dartmouth's three and outrebounded the Big Green, 41-26.

Game Notes:
- The Crimson welcomed its alumnae back to campus for the game, holding an alumni scrimmage beforehand and a reception after.
- Harvard is now 48-35 all-time against Dartmouth.
- Harvard is 6-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season.

What's next?
Harvard continues its homestand, welcoming Yale on Friday and Brown Saturday afternoon next weekend. Harvard's game at 4 p.m. Saturday against the Bears will air live on NESN.