CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Closing out a five-game road stretch, the Harvard women's basketball team will make the trek to Columbia and Cornell this weekend, Feb. 8-9. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, while both contests will be broadcast on ESPN+.
What to Know
- The Crimson currently sits at third place in the Ivy League standings after building a 3-1 conference record through its first four league contests.
- Harvard split its contests last weekend, as the Crimson was edged 65-62 at Yale, before picking up a 100-83 win at Brown. The Crimson's 100-point win at Brown was its first since 1997 when it bested Brown, 104-73. Four Crimson players tallied double-digit points in both games, including Katie Benzan and Madeline Raster each scoring at least 20 points against the Brown Bears.
- Benzan leads Harvard in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game. Three other Crimson players average double figures as well, including Sydney Skinner (11.3), Jadyn Bush (11.1) and Raster (10.1). Defensively, Bush and Jeannie Boehm continue to pace the team with 8.6 and 7.0 rebounds per game, respectively.
- Benzan became the 20th player in Harvard women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points. The Wellesley, Mass. native has already amassed 219 points this season, on track to break her career-high 403 during her freshman campaign.
-Columbia enters the weekend with a 5-12 overall record and 1-3 conference mark in the Ancient Eight, while Cornell is currently enduring a three-game losing streak and has tallied a 1-3 league mark and 7-8 overall record.
Leading the Way
The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball 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 friendly confines of Lavietes Pavilion, Feb. 15-16, to host Princeton and Penn. Tip-offs are slated for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Both contests will be broadcast live on ESPN+, while Saturday's game against the Quakers will also air on NESN.