LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Led by sophomore Jadyn Bush with 19 points, the Harvard women's basketball team (2-2, 0-0 Ivy) secured a dominant 73-54 win over Siena at the Alumni Rec Center today, Nov. 16.
Joining Bush in double figures were Nani Redford (11), Sydney Skinner (10) and Rachel Levy (10). Adding 11 rebounds to her tally, Bush recorded her second double-double of the week and third of her career.
It was a defensive battle to begin the first quarter, as the Crimson led the Saints 6-3 at the midpoint of the opening frame. Bush provided a spark to the offense, dropping in back-to-back buckets to help double the Crimson's lead. A triple from Katie Benzan and a pair of free throws from Skinner took Harvard into the second quarter with a 18-9 advantage.
The Crimson used a 4-0 run at the start of quarter two to push its lead to 26-9. Holding Siena to 1-for-14 shooting from the field, combined with three baskets from Levy, Harvard left the court at halftime leading 35-14.
The opening minutes of the second half saw the teams trade baskets, until Bush found success in the paint to widen the Crimson's gap to 47-21. Harvard capped the third quarter at 58-32 with two buckets apiece from Boehm and Levy.
In the final frame, the back and forth nature continued as the Saints began to chip away at its deficit. Late free throws in the final minutes of action from Maria Guramare and Benzansealed the 73-54 victory for the Crimson.
- Harvard held Siena to 15.4 percent shooting from the field (4-for-26) during the first half of play.
- Bush went 9-for-11 from the field, recording a team-best 81.8 shooting percentage.
- Four Crimson players scored in double figures tonight, led by Bush with 19 points.
- The Crimson now holds a 5-2 lead in its all-time series with Siena, having won each of its last three contests against the Saints.
Harvard will travel to Hartford on Nov. 21 before departing for Los Angeles, Calif. for the CSUN Tournament, Nov. 23-24.