Women’s Basketball Set to Honor Class of 2019, Close Out Regular Season at Home with Cornell and Columbia

Women’s Basketball Set to Honor Class of 2019, Close Out Regular Season at Home with Cornell and Columbia

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Lavietes Pavilion for its final two home games of the season, the Harvard women's basketball team (14-11, 7-5 Ivy league) will host Cornell and Columbia this weekend, March 8-9. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. Friday's contest will be broadcast on ESPN3, while Saturday's will air on ESPN+. Prior to Saturday's tip-off against the Lions, the Crimson will honor its four-member Class of 2019.

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Broadcast: Cornell | Columbia
Live Stats: Cornell | Columbia
Tickets: Cornell | Columbia
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What to Know
- Headed into the final weekend of regular season action, Harvard sits at third in the Ivy League standings after building a 7-5 Ancient Eight record and 14-11 overall mark.
- Junior guard Katie Benzan leads the Crimson and ranks seventh in the conference in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game. Three other Crimson players average double figures as well, including Madeline Raster (11.9), Jadyn Bush (11.0) and Sydney Skinner (10.0). Defensively, Bush ranks at the top of the Ivy League with 8.6 rebounds per game, while Boehm follows closely behind with 7.4.
- Harvard dropped two contests on the road last weekend to Penn (70-75 OT) and Princeton (58-61) to move to 7-5 in conference play. The Crimson took Penn to overtime for the second time this season, while four Crimson players tallied double-digit points.
- This season, junior guard Katie Benzan and senior co-captain Madeline Raster became the 20th and 21st players in Harvard women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points. Additionally, Benzan recently broke the program record for three-pointers made in a career, as she has now amassed 266 total. She surpassed Erin Mahar's total of 261 set back in 1993.
- Columbia enters the weekend with an 8-17 overall record and 4-8 conference mark in the Ancient Eight, while Cornell is fighting for a spot at the Ivy League Tournament with a 5-7 league mark and 11-12 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.

Up Next
Harvard will prepare for the 2019 Ivy League Tournament, hosted by Yale, March 16-17.