Harvard (9-6, 1-1 Ivy) vs. Yale (8-7, 1-1 Ivy)
Harvard vs. Brown (13-2, 1-1 Ivy)
Harvard enters the back half of the 2017-18 campaign with its first of six consecutive Ivy League doubleheader weekends, hosting Yale Friday, Jan. 26 and Brown Saturday, Jan. 27. Fans can watch both games on the Ivy League Network, while Saturday's clash with the Bears will also air on NESN at 4 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The combination of down-low domination and long range sharpshooting helped lead the Crimson to a 76-65 victory over Dartmouth at Lavietes last Saturday. Sophomore Jeannie Boehm filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Guards Katie Benzan and Sydney Skinner provided the points from beyond the arc, combining for nine 3-pointers and each tallying 20 points.
Travel partners Harvard and Dartmouth, as well as Yale and Brown, split their meetings to begin conference play and stand tied for third at 1-1 chasing 3-0 Princeton and 2-1 Penn as the meat of the Ivy League season gets underway this weekend.
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.
Prior to Harvard's game against Dartmouth Jan. 20, sophomore Jeannie Boehm was honored for her participation on the U19 Team USA World Championships and then she went on to show the home crowd her world-class skills. Boehm earned her third double-double with 16 points and a career-high 14 boards. She also added a career-high five assists, matched her career-best with three steals and played a career-most 37 minutes.
TWO FOR 20
In the Crimson's win over Dartmouth Jan. 20, Katie Benzan and Sydney Skinner both finished with 20 points. It was the first game since Kit Metoyer and AnnMarie Healy at Princeton March 4, 2016 that Harvard had two 20-point scorers in the same game.
I'll TAKE THAT
Harvard nabbed 10 steals in its win over Dartmouth Jan. 20, its highest total since posting 12 takeaways against Columbia Feb. 19, 2016.
Harvard has not lost a game when it...
- Scores over 70 points (6-0)
- Shoots over 35 percent from 3-point (7-0)
- Is leading at halftime (8-0)
SHE CAN'T MISS
Sophomore forward Jeannie Boehm ranks second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage, converting 52 percent of her attempts. In her last two games, Boehm has shot 9-of-11 against La Salle (19 points, Jan. 10) and 8-of-10 (16 points) against Dartmouth (Jan. 20).
Yale ranks second in the conference in scoring, averaging 70.6 points per game, but also gives up the third-most at 67.5 points. Their defense hinges on creating turnovers, as it has forced opponents into 21.7 per game, most in the conference.
The senior duo of Tamara Simpson and Jen Berkowitz pace the Bulldogs offense. Simpson ranks fifth in the conference with a 16.3 ppg mark and Berkowitz is one spot behind her at 15.7. Berkowitz is the conference leader in field goal percentage at 57.6.
SERIES HISTORY - YALE
Harvard boasts a 51-31 advantage in the all-time series against its archrival. The series has heavily favored the Crimson in recent memory, as Harvard is 21-7 dating back to 2004. Yale, though, avenged a loss in the first meeting last season, downing the Crimson, 57-52, in New Haven in the most recent meeting.
The Bears come into the weekend sporting the Ancient Eight's highest scoring offense at 80.9 points, which also ranks 21st nationally.
Brown's roster boasts three of the top four scorers in the Ivy League. Junior Shayna Mehta is second at 18.8 ppg, sophomore Justine Gaziano checks in at third with 18.1 ppg and junior Taylor Will is fourth at 17.0 ppg.
Junior Erika Steeves is tied for the conference lead in rebounding with a per game average of 8.9, pacing the Bears to an Ivy League-high 45.1 per game mark.
SERIES HISTORY - BROWN
Saturday will be the 85th meeting all-time between Harvard and Brown with the Crimson sporting a 50-34 advantage. Similar to its recent success against Yale, Harvard is 19-3 in the last 22 meetings going back to 2007 against the Bears, including winning each of the last five matchups.
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.