Harvard improved to 3-1 on the season with a second half rally against BU. (Kevin Murray)
BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman guard Katie Benzan followed one career night with another, recording 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from behind the three-point line to help Harvard women's basketball (3-1) beat Boston University (0-4), 65-52 at Case Gym on Tuesday night.
Benzan put the exclamation point on an outstanding night late in the fourth quarter, giving Harvard a 14-point lead at 60-46 with a three pointer from straightaway. That matched a Case Gym record by any women's player. The Terriers would not get closer than 12 points the rest of the game.
Senior Destiny Nunley added 13 points, four rebounds, three blocks and three steals, and freshman Jeannie Boehm added seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks to lead Harvard's starters. Junior Taylor Rooks provided a spark off the bench, recording eight points, three rebounds and two steals.
The Crimson, which was outrebounded 18-13 in the first half, controlled the glass in the second half (22-10) and held a 35-28 rebounding edge for the game.
Benzan, who hit 4-of-5 three pointers against Samford last Friday night, hit her first two three pointers of the game to keep Harvard in it early, as BU hit six of its first 10 shots and outrebounded Harvard 11-5 in the first quarter. The Terriers began the game on a 10-0 run before the Crimson battled back, trailing the Terriers 16-8 at the break.
Harvard began the second quarter with a 13-0 run, including Jeannie Boehm's transition layup to tie the game just over two minutes into the frame. Harvard had its first lead on its next possession, as Benzan hit her fourth three of the first half, followed by a Boehm's post move and bucket to put the Crimson up 21-16.
BU responded with an 8-0 run before Benzan once again quelled the Terriers run with another three to tie the game at 24-24 with 2:23 to play. BU hit two late jumpers to take a 28-24 lead into halftime.
Harvard regained the lead in the third quarter by attacking the basket. Trailing 35-34 midway through the third quarter, Skinner was fouled on two drives to the basket, hitting all four free throws, while Rooks hit a layup in transition to help Harvard take a 40-35 lead.
Later in the quarter, Benzan hit her sixth three-pointer to put Harvard ahead 45-38 at the end of the third quarter.
Rooks provided energy in the second half when Harvard needed it most. When BU cut Harvard's lead to 51-44 early in the fourth quarter and appeared to get a defensive stop, Rooks crashed the boards for an offensive rebound and put back to send Harvard on its way to the victory.
Harvard returns home on Saturday to face Fairfield at Lavietes Pavilion for a 6 p.m. tip.