Women’s Basketball Runs Past La Salle in Home Opener, 88-43

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard women's basketball team (1-2, 0-0 Ivy) opened in front of a home crowd with an impressive 88-43 showing over the La Salle Explorers (0-3, 0-0 A-10) on Nov. 14 at Lavietes Pavilion.

Senior guard Sydney Skinner led the charge for the Crimson, posting a career-high 24 points while going 5-for-9 from the three-point line. Three Crimson players—Katie Benzan, Jadyn Bush and Maggie McCarthy—posted two steals a piece on the night. Bush also tallied 11 boards, seven on defense, for the Crimson.   

Despite the Explorers gaining possession off the tip, an aggressive Crimson offense quickly took the lead, exploding on a 15-point run headed by guard Skinner. Harvard's defensive pressure held La Salle to just 3-of-16 from the field, allowing the Crimson to establish a commanding presence on the court and a 28-6 lead heading into the second quarter.

Continuing its offensive push, Harvard added 11 to its score all the while holding the Explorers to just eight points in the second half and a 14 percent efficiency from the field. Bush and Boehm closed off the first half with a combined 10 boards, helping the Crimson maintain its 39-14 lead as the teams headed to the locker room.

Determined to chip away at the Crimson lead, La Salle put up 16 points in the third, doubling its second quarter numbers to make the game 62-30 heading into the final quarter of play. First-year Maggie McCarthy tallied her first career points, sinking a three early in the fourth to push the Crimson to 74-35. A lay-up from sophomore Maria Guramare as time expired would ultimately clinch the 88-43 victory for the Crimson.

Harvard Highlights
- Sydney Skinner posted a career-high 24 points against the Explorers, besting a 23-point high set against Cornell during her sophomore campaign.
- Katie Benzan, Jadyn Bush and Maggie McCarthy each collected two steals a piece in Harvard's victory over La Salle.
- Bush led the defense with 11 total rebounds.

Game Notes 
- The Crimson improve to 4-1 in its overall series record against La Salle.
- Under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard is now 27-10 in home openers.

What's Next
The Crimson travels to Albany, N.Y. to take on the Siena College Saints on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.