ITHACA, N.Y. – Concluding a five-game road stretch this evening, the Harvard women's basketball team (11-8, 4-2 Ivy) topped Cornell (7-10, 1-5 Ivy) at the Newman Arena tonight, Feb. 9. The Crimson improves to 4-2 in the Ivy League, while the Big Red drops to 1-5 in conference play.
Junior Katie Benzan led the way for Harvard with 20 points, her fourth game of the season with 20 or more. Senior co-captain Madeline Raster joined her in double figures with 18 points, her eighth-straight game in double figures. Defensively, Jeannie Boehm and Jadyn Bush continue to lead the Crimson, tallying 10 and 12 rebounds apiece.
The Crimson raced to an early 11-2 lead following three consecutive triples from Benzan, Raster and Redford. Harvard continued to control the quarter, as eight points from Benzan and seven from Raster led the Crimson to a 25-13 advantage. The teams traded baskets at the start of quarter two as Harvard pushed its spread to 17, before Cornell began to climb back and close to quarter on a 3-0 run to make it 36-25.
Harvard opened up a 15-point lead in the third quarter, but the Big Red fought back to come within nine. Balanced scoring allowed the Crimson to widen its spread to 10, taking a 52-42 lead into the final frame. The fourth quarter began as a defensive battle, until the Big Red used a 3-0 to pull away and cut its deficit to eight at 55-47. The Crimson responded with three unanswered baskets of its own, while a string of late free throws sealed the victory for Harvard at 68-61.
- Katie Benzan posted 20 points on the night, including five three-pointers.
- Madeline Raster recorded 18 points, her 11th game this season in double figures.
- Jeannie Boehm registered three blocks.
- Harvard extends its win streak against Cornell to three games, improving to 68-12 in its all-time series against the Big Red.
Harvard will begin a four-game homestand next weekend, Feb. 15-16, hosting Princeton and Penn. Tip-offs are scheduled for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Both contests will be broadcast on ESPN+, while Friday's game against the Tigers will also air on NESN.