Stellar Shooting Night Leads Women’s Basketball to 97-73 Triumph Over Yale

Taylor Rooks was 9-of-11 from the field for 22 points (Gil Talbot).
Taylor Rooks was 9-of-11 from the field for 22 points (Gil Talbot).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  Led by 22 points from senior Taylor Rooks, Harvard women's basketball (10-6, 2-1 Ivy) had five players reach double figures on its way to a 97-73 drubbing of Yale (8-8, 1-2 Ivy) Friday at Lavietes Pavilion.

Joining Rooks in double figures was junior Madeline Raster with a season-high 18. Classmate Sydney Skinner matched Raster, while sophomore Katie Benzan had 11 and fellow second-year Jeannie Boehm had 10.

For the game, Harvard shot 61.3 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from 3-point range, both season-bests.

Harvard began to assert control of the contest last in the first quarter. The Crimson was able to turn a Yale miss and turnover on consecutive possessions into 3-pointers by Skinner to go up by seven. Rooks grabbed the spotlight in the second quarter, piling in 12 of her 19 first half points. As a team, Harvard shot was 9-of-15 from the field in the second quarter, building a 46-36 lead.

The first minute of the second half saw Benzan and Raster both hit from beyond the arc and the Crimson built on that momentum throughout the final 20 minutes. Harvard's long-range success was relentless with another Raster triple early in the fourth quarter extending Harvard's lead to 26 points, foreshadowing the final score, 97-73.

Harvard Highlights:
- The 97 points for Harvard were its most since Feb. 14, 2014 vs. Columbia.
- Harvard hit 14 3-pointers in the game. It was the second-straight game hitting at least 10 matched the season-high
- The Crimson dished out 28 assists, its highest total of the season.
- Freshman Matilda Salen scored her first collegiate points of her career in the fourth quarter.
- Junior Madeline Raster tallied a season-high 18 points.
- Junior Sydney Skinner posted 18 points, her fourth consecutive game in double figures.

Game Notes:
- Harvard improved to 7-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season with the win over Yale.
- The Crimson is 52-31 all-time against Yale after Friday's win.

What's next?
Harvard will be on the airwaves Saturday afternoon, hosting Brown at 4 p.m. on NESN live from Lavietes Pavilion.