Madeline Raster, Katie Benzan Earn Ivy League Weekly Honors

Madeline Raster, Katie Benzan Earn Ivy League Weekly Honors

Freshman guard Katie Benzan was Harvard's leading scorer in wins over UNC Asheville and Buffalo at the Fordham Holiday Classic last week. (Gil Talbot)

Sophomore guard Madeline Raster earned Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors, and freshman guard Katie Benzan earned Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week honors, the conference announced on Monday.

Both Raster and Benzan were excellent in Harvard's Ivy League opening 70-65 win over Dartmouth on Saturday at Lavietes Pavilion. Raster notched a game-high 17 points and a career-best nine rebounds, adding two assists and two steals. She recorded 15 first half points to help Harvard keep pace with Dartmouth, then hit the biggest shot of the game, a running jumper with 16 seconds to play in regulation to put Harvard up 68-65.

Benzan recorded her seventh straight double-digit scoring effort, notching 12 points, including a team high eight second half points in the win over the Big Green. She added two assists and one steal, and set up Raster's game-winning shot with a good pass.

Harvard continues to build on its best start in school history (12-1), as the Crimson has recorded a 12-game winning streak overall, the longest since the 2006-07 season.

Harvard will play its final non-conference game of the season with a road contest this Wednesday (Jan. 11) at La Salle (8-6), with tip off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.