CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team celebrated the 2018-19 season at its annual year-end banquet on April 15. While celebrating the accomplishments from this past season, student-athletes, coaches and support staff gathered at the Harvard Faculty Club to hand out team awards and honor the Class of 2019.
The Robin L. Mitchell Harvard Pride Award was presented to seniors Kelsey Bogdan and Madeline Raster this year. The award is given annually to the player(s) who displays exceptional sportsmanship, enthusiasm and dedication to the team, while exemplifying what it means to wear the Harvard jersey by always putting the team first and by contributing to the Harvard community both on and off the court.
Senior co-captain Raster and junior Katie Benzan were named the team's co-MVPs. Both players set their mark in the Harvard record books this season, as they each eclipsed 1,000 career points, becoming the 20th and 21st players in program history to accomplish the feat. The duo both earned All-Ivy League honors as well, as Benzan was tabbed to the first team and Raster was named to the second team. Benzan and Raster each led the team in scoring all season, averaging 14.3 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. Additionally, Benzan broke to program record for three-pointers made in a career, now with 287.
Nani Redford was honored as the Best Defensive Player. Appearing in all 30 games for the Crimson and starting in 16, the senior averaged 22.0 minutes per game. Redford recorded 20 steals on the season, while averaging 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 6.1 points per game.
The Most Improved Player Award was given to Rachel Levy. After overcoming injury in her freshmen campaign, the sophomore guard/forward appeared in all 30 games for the Crimson this season, averaging 15.9 minutes per game. The Boca Raton, Fla. native ranked fifth on the team in rebounds per game with 4.1, while also averaging 5.5 points and 0.5 assists per game.
The Crimson concluded its 2018-19 season with a 17-13 overall record and 9-5 conference mark, advancing to the second round WNIT for the fifth time in program history.