Harvard (11-6, 3-1 Ivy) vs. Columbia (7-12, 1-3 Ivy)
Harvard vs. Cornell (5-12, 1-3 Ivy)
Harvard welcomes Columbia and Cornell to Lavietes Pavilion to close out a six-game homestand. The Crimson is 4-0 during the current homestand and 8-0 overall at the renovated Lavietes Pavilion this season. Friday's matchup versus the Lions can be seen live on NESNplus, while Saturday's showdown against the Bid Red is slated for ESPN3. Both games will be simulcast on the Ivy League Network.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Taylor Rooks went for 22 points against Yale and then came back the next night versus Brown with a career-high 24 points, pacing the Crimson to a pair of victories. Against the Bulldogs, Harvard had five student-athletes reach double figures. Against the Bears, Katie Benzan racked up 21 points and fellow sophomore Jeannie Boehm pulled down 13 rebounds.
Harvard finds itself in second place in the Ivy League standings with a 3-1 mark, trailing only Princeton at 3-0. The early season race remains close, as Penn is 2-1 and Dartmouth and Yale both come into the weekend at 2-2. Harvard will go on the road and face Princeton and Penn next weekend.
Friday, Feb. 2 - Pack The House Night - The first 300 fans will receive a Harvard fanny pack. President Faust will serve as the honorary coach.
Saturday, Feb. 3 - National Girls & Women in Sports Day - Postgame autograph session with free team photos.
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 guard Taylor Rooks was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Jan. 29 after her outstanding performances against Yale and Brown. Rooks was nearly unstoppable, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal while shooting 75.0 percent from the floor and 85.7 percent from downtown.
Sydney Skinner has been a go-to scorer for the Crimson since New Year's Eve. Beginning with Harvard's win over Stony Brook Dec. 31, Skinner has scored over 10 points in all six games, highlighted by a 20-point effort against Dartmouth Jan. 20.
Harvard kept the scoreboard operators busy Jan. 26-27, posting 97 points against Yale and 87 versus Brown. The 97 count was the highest for the Crimson since putting up 99 against Columbia Feb. 14, 2014. Five Harvard players reached double figures in the game. The bench was also heavily involved as Grace Tworek pulled down a career-high seven rebounds and Maddie Stuhlreyer had two blocks and steal.
Harvard's triumph over Yale Jan. 26 saw the Crimson dish out 28 assists. That figure represented the most assists since the 2016-17 season-opener at Minnesota when Harvard had 27 dimes.
In its first eight games at the renovated Lavietes Pavilion this season, the Crimson is 8-0.
Columbia snapped a six-game losing streak last Saturday, topping Cornell on the road, 72-54, to split the season series with the Big Red. The Lions also have road losses to Princeton and Penn to stand at 1-3 in the Ivy League.
The Lions are led by the Ancient Eight's top scorer in senior Camille Zimmerman. The Tempe, Arizona native is averaging 20.2 ppg on the year and 20.8 in conference games. She is also averaging 9.0 rebounds per game to lead the conference in that stat as well. Freshman Riley Casey is second in scoring at 10.3 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY - COLUMBIA
Historically, Harvard has had tremendous success against Columbia. The Crimson is 61-3 all-time against the Lions, winning each of the last five meetings and 16 of the last 17. Each of last season's games was separated by one possession, but Harvard came out victorious each time.
Identical to Columbia, the Big Red has started conference play 1-3 with losses to Princeton and Penn, coupled with a split with the Lions. Overall, Cornell is 5-12 and is last in the conference in team scoring at 56.8 ppg.
Sophomore Samantha Widmann is the lone Cornell player averaging double figures at 15.1 ppg. Widmann also leads the team in rebounding at 6.2 rpg.
SERIES HISTORY - CORNELL
Cornell halted an 18-game win streak for the Crimson in the all-time season in the most recent meeting last February. The Big Red took a 57-52 decision at home, but Harvard maintains a 65-12 advantage all-time against its conference foe from Ithaca.
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.