CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—In front of an electric crowd, the Harvard women's basketball team opened up Ivy League play with a 56-46 win over Dartmouth in a matinee matchup at Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday. With today's victory, the Crimson improves to 8-6 (1-0 Ivy) while the Big Green drops to 7-7 (0-1 Ivy).
Leading the team to victory, junior Jeannie Boehm picked up her second double-double of the season, tallying 12 points and 13 rebounds against the Big Green. Senior Sydney Skinner dished out five assists in today's bout while Katie Benzan, Maggie McCarthy and Boehm each tallied two blocks on defense.
Off the tip, the Crimson quickly took command of the court, controlling the ball on both sides to hold the Big Green scoreless through the first quarter of play. Madeline Raster led the scoring charge for the Crimson early on, accounting for eight of Harvard's 14 points.
Harvard continued flexing its defensive muscles well into the second quarter, holding off Dartmouth until just under the seven-minute mark. Benzan and McCarthy picked up two steals a piece, helping to keep Dartmouth in the single digits. Showing efficiency in the paint and from range, the Crimson added thirteen points to its extensive lead to head into the locker room with a 20-point advantage.
Despite a prolific scoring presence in the first, the Crimson faced an aggressive offensive push from the Big Green to open up the second half. Dartmouth's 11-point run moved the Big Green within five of Harvard with a period left to play. Regaining momentum in the fourth, Harvard bounced back to a double-digit lead to close out its Ivy opener, ultimately besting Dartmouth, 56-46.
-Jeannie Boehm picked up a double-double against the Big Green, sinking 12 points and posting 13 boards in the Crimson's matinee matchup.
-Three Crimson players—Katie Benzan, Jeannie Boehm and Maggie McCarthy—picked up two blocks a piece on defense.
-Harvard led the Big Green for a total 39:10.
-Harvard's defense held Dartmouth scoreless for 13:43, with Dartmouth's first basket dropping with 6:16 on the clock in the second quarter.
-Harvard's zero points allowed in the first quarter ties the NCAA record for least amount of points allowed.
-With today's win, the Crimson improves to 49-35 in the all-time series against Dartmouth.
The Crimson travels to Hanover, N.H. for a rematch with Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.