Freshman guard Katie Benzan had 17 points to lead Harvard to a 70-61 win at Dartmouth.
HANOVER, N.H. – Freshman guard Katie Benzan had 17 points and six rebounds, and senior forward Destiny Nunley added 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals to lead the Harvard women's basketball team (14-1, 2-0 Ivy League) to a 70-61 win over Dartmouth (5-10, 0-2 Ivy League).
The win was Harvard's 14th in a row, the second longest winning streak in program history, and the Crimson improved to 6-1 in road contests this season.
Holding a slim fourth quarter lead at 46-44, the Crimson used a 9-0 run to pull away from the Big Green for good. Benzan started the run with a step back three pointer with 7:39 to play, which was followed by a long jumper by sophomore Madeline Raster (13 points, five rebounds, four assists). Two transition layups by Raster and Skinner pushed the lead to double-digits at 55-44 midway through the fourth quarter.
Dartmouth cut the lead to five points with 1:15 to play, but Harvard closed out the win with late free throws.
Junior Kirby Porter provided a lift early for Harvard, hitting a corner three and then following with a big offensive rebound and putback off a Benzan miss to put Harvard up 10-4 midway through the first quarter.
Dartmouth responded, tying the game at 12-12, but Raster's three from the corner gave the Crimson the lead at the end of the frame.
Harvard kept Dartmouth at arms-length throughout the second quarter. Redford's turnaround baseline jumper put the Crimson up by seven points at 21-14 with 6:00 to go in the half. Dartmouth would cut to within four points but Harvard always had the answer.
Senior Taylor Finley's steal and layup put Harvard up 23-17, then minutes later, Raster's hanging jumper in the lane put the Crimson up 25-19.
Harvard closed the half with its largest lead of the opening 20 minutes, as Sydney Skinner's skip pass to Rooks for a jumper from the free throw line put the Crimson up 29-20 with 3.5 seconds to go, which was the score at the half.
Dartmouth took its first lead of the second half at 37-36, but Nunley answered with an offensive rebound and put back with 4:00 to play in the quarter to put Harvard back in front.
Harvard used a 6-0 run later in the quarter, capped off by a Nunley steal and layup to go in front 44-39 at the end of the third frame.