CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Concluding a four-game homestand at Lavietes Pavilion the past month, the Harvard women's basketball team will hit the road for its final two non-conference contests of the season. First traveling to Rhode Island for a 2 p.m. match up on Friday, Dec. 28, the Crimson will trek to California on Sunday, Dec. 30 for a 5 p.m. EST tilt to close out its non-conference campaign.
What to Know
- The Crimson closed out its four-game homestand with a decisive 67-47 victory over cross-town rival Boston University last Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Leading Harvard, Katie Benzan had a productive night from distance, sinking six triples for 18 points. Captain Sydney Skinner scored 13 points and picked up a team-high six assists, while Jadyn Bush paced the defense, posting ten boards and two steals.
- Jadyn Bush has led Harvard in rebounding in eight of its first 11 contests of the season. The sophomore forward tops the Crimson's lineup and the Ivy League, averaging 9.5 boards per game.
- Katie Benzan ranks fifth among Ivy League competition in scoring with 14.5 points per game, having recorded double-digit points in nine games.
- The Rams enter the weekend with a 5-6 overall record and are currently enduring a four-game losing streak, while California currently sits at 9-1 overall heading into its last non-conference match up of the season. Its lone loss came just last weekend against No. 1 Connecticut as it fell 66-76.
Leading the Way
Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 37th season at the helm of the program after leading the Crimson to its third-straight, and eighth in the last 10 years, WNIT appearance last season. The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 585 career victories, Delaney-Smith passed former Princeton head coach Pete Carril (514) for most wins by an Ancient Eight coach on either the men's or women's side during the 2013-14 season.
Harvard will return to the court on Saturday, January 19th in its first Ivy League contest of the season as it welcomes Dartmouth to Lavietes Pavilion for a 2 p.m. tilt against the Big Green.