Women’s Basketball Defeats Columbia in Regular Season Finale, 78,59

Jadyn Bush had a career-high 21 points Sunday. (Gil Talbot).
Jadyn Bush had a career-high 21 points Sunday. (Gil Talbot).
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NEW YORK CITY  Freshman Jadyn Bush was 8-of-10 from the floor for a career-high 21 points, leading the Harvard women's basketball team (18-9, 10-4 Ivy) to a 78-59 victory at Columbia (8-21, 2-12 Ivy) Sunday afternoon.

Bush set the tone for Harvard in the opening half, making all five of her field goal attempts to lead all scorers with 12 points. In the first quarter alone, Bush went on her own 8-0 run that was part of a larger 13-0 run for the Crimson, pushing the lead to 19-11 at the end of the period.

In the second quarter, the Lions chipped away at the Harvard lead, cutting the deficit to as few as six, but the Crimson ripped off an 8-0 run over the final 1:42 to go into the half with a 39-25 advantage. Junior Madeline Raster accounted for six of those points, finishing an and-one play and then drilling a 3-pointer.

Sophomore Katie Benzan provided fuel for the Harvard offense in the third quarter. She started the period with two made free throws and followed those with two made 3-pointers extending Harvard's lead to 55-35.

Harvard's defense stymied any offensive surge Columbia attempted in the final quarter, maintaining a double-digit cushion over the final 10 minutes. Junior Nani Redford scored five points down the stretch, including a triple that punctuated the victory.

Harvard Highlights:
- Freshman Jadyn Bush scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Bush also had six rebounds.
- Harvard outrebounded Columbia, 49-31, and had 18 assists to the Lions 10.
- Junior Madeline Raster had 16 points, her second-highest total this season.

Game Notes:
- Harvard is 63-3 all-time against Columbia with Sunday's victory.

What's next?
Harvard enters the Ivy League Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Crimson will face two-seed Penn at The Palestra on Saturday, March 10 at 8:15 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.