Balanced Attack Leads Women’s Basketball Over Brown, 86-74

Katie Benzan had 20 points in the win over Brown Friday (Gil Talbot).
Katie Benzan had 20 points in the win over Brown Friday (Gil Talbot).
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.  Six Crimson reached double figures, led by 20 points from sophomore guard Katie Benzan and the Harvard women's basketball team (14-8, 6-3 Ivy) earned a hard-fought road victory at Brown (14-8, 2-7 Ivy) Friday night.

Harvard shot 50 percent from the field and dominated the glass, outrebounding the Bears, 41-23 in the contest. Sophomore Jeannie Boehm and junior Madeline Raster each finished one board shy of a double-double with 11 and 14 points, respectively.

Freshman Jadyn Bush provided the first burst of offense for the Crimson in the first quarter. Her five consecutive points, highlighted by a successful and-one play, helped Harvard to an 11-0 run and a 10-point lead. Harvard was able to push its lead to 16 early in the second quarter following a Sydney Skinner 3-pointer at the 7:06 mark.

Harvard began the second half with a 12-point lead, but Brown was able to whittle that to as few as three midway through the third quarter. Boehm resurrected the Harvard offense with a bucket with 2:58 on the clock. Raster and Benzan followed suit with baskets of their own to extend the lead back to 52-42.

The Crimson fought off each of Brown's final charges and sealed the victory with 11-made free throws in the final two minutes of play.

Harvard Highlights:
- Harvard had six players score in doubles figures: Benzan (20), Raster (14), Boehm (11), Skinner (14), Rooks (14) and Bush (13). It marked the first time since Feb. 27, 2016 against Brown Harvard had six players score at least 10 points in the same game.
- Friday marked the eighth time this season Benzan scored at least 20 points.
- The Crimson dominated the boards, outrebounding the Bears, 41-23.
- Harvard reached 80 points as a team for the sixth-time this season.

Game Notes:
- With the win, Harvard sweeps the season series against Brown and has now won seven-straight versus the Bears. The Crimson is 52-34 all-time against Brown.

What's next?
Harvard will square off against Yale Saturday in New Haven, Connecticut. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network at 6 p.m.