CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – Despite a late offensive push, the Harvard women's basketball team (4-6, 0-0 Ivy) fell short against Rutgers (6-3, 0-0 Big Ten) today, Dec. 8 at Lavietes Pavilion.
Junior Katie Benzan led the Crimson in scoring, reaching double figures for the eighth time this season with 18 points. Sydney Skinner followed closely behind with 14 points. Defensively, Jadyn Bush paced Harvard with eight rebounds, while three Harvard players tallied seven boards including Benzan, Jeannie Boehm and Skinner.
Benzan and Skinner opened scoring for the Crimson, each with a triple from the top of the key. Rutgers responded with a 5-1 run to close out the first quarter with a 13-9 advantage. The Scarlet Knights' offensive pressure continued as they expanded their spread to 10 points at the start of the second quarter. Rutgers sustained control to end the half with a 26-15 lead.
The Crimson battled back in the third quarter as Skinner led the way with seven points. Baskets from Benzan and Bush brought Harvard within 10, before Rutgers widened the gap once more to take a 42-30 lead into the final frame. Harvard used a 6-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter to cut its deficit to three, courtesy of two buckets apiece from Benzan and Maggie McCarthy. Despite a late offensive surge from the Crimson, Rutgers held onto its lead to seal a 60-49 victory.
- Katie Benzan posted a team-high 18 points, including five three-pointers.
- Jadyn Bush led the way defensively, tallying eight rebounds.
- Four Crimson players had seven or more rebounds against the Scarlet Knights.
- Harvard falls to 0-4 in its all-time series against Rutgers.
Harvard will take a two week break before returning to action to battle Boston University on Friday, Dec. 21 to close out its four-game homestand, before traveling to Rhode Island on Friday, Dec. 28 for a 2 p.m. tip-off.