Harvard (0-2) vs. Siena (1-1)
Harvard women's basketball is set to host Siena Wednesday evening in its first home game of the 2017-18 season. The contest will be the first for the Crimson in the newly-renovated Lavietes Pavilion. The game will be aired live on the Ivy League Network at 7 p.m. with Bill Spaulding and Dylan Hornblum on the call and Adam Giardino reporting from the sideline. Fans can also watch the game on Facebook live as part of the Ivy League's Facebook Live Week.
Harvard is an impressive 25-10 in its home openers under head coach Kathy Delany-Smith. The Crimson won last season's opener at Lavietes Pavilion, 69-62, over Maine. Harvard is 7-1 in its last eight home openers, with that lone loss coming two seasons ago against the Black Bears. All-time, Harvard is 27-16 in its first game of the season on its home court.
All undergraduate students with a valid Harvard ID will receive a free burrito before the game while supplies last!
HARVARD AGAINST THE MAAC
Harvard boasts a 12-20 record all-time against teams currently in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Harvard is 3-2 against Siena all-time and it also has three wins against Fairfield and Manhattan. The Crimson played the Saints and Stags last season, posting wins over both squads.
In the season opener against Dayton at the Maine Tip-Off Tournament, senior Taylor Rooks and sophomore Jeannie Boehm each recorded a double-double. Rooks finished the game with 13 points, matching her career high, and a new career-best 13 boards. Boehm came in with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The double-double was the first in Rooks career, while Boehm had four last season.
The game marked the first in which two Harvard players had a double-double in the same game since Feb. 6, 2015 when Temi Fagbenle '15 and Annmarie Healy '16 did it against Brown.
Sophomores Jeannie Boehm and Katie Benzan each reached rebounding benchmarks against Dayton. With 11 rebounds against the Flyers, Boehm went over 200 for her career and now has 214. Benzan's first board of the season gave her 100 for her career.
Junior Madeline Raster was selected to the Maine Tip-Off All-Tournament team after averaging 10 points, two rebounds and two assists against Dayton and Maine.
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
Freshman Jadyn Bush was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line against Maine Nov. 11. Harvard made 30 free throws as a team over opening weekend and is shooting 68.2 percent from the charity stripe.
SETTING NEW STANDARDS
Sophomore Mackenzie Barta played a new career-high 11 minutes against Maine, posting five points on two field goals, while also dishing an assist. Each of those stats was a new career-best.
Harvard women's basketball was selected third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. Harvard has finished in the top three of the Ivy League standings every year since the 2006-07 campaign (11 years). The Crimson earned 98 points in the poll, just behind Princeton, picked second in the poll with 120 points, and Penn, picked first with 129 points. Harvard finished the 2016-17 campaign in third place at 8-6 in the Ivy League, behind Princeton (9-5) and conference regular season champion Penn (13-1).
LINK: Women's Basketball Picked Third in Ivy Preseason Poll
AROUND THE YARD
Junior Madeline Raster wrote a phenomenal blog as part of the Athletic Department's larger "Around the Yard" series. Raster detailed her experience on a mission trip to Trinidad and Tobago where she spent a week teaching sports to underprivileged children.
• The Saints split its opening weekend slate of games, dropping an 86-72 decision at Penn State Friday before returning home to top St. Bonaventure Sunday, 70-62.
• Siena is averaging 71 points per game, the most of any team from the MAAC after the first weekend of games. Senior Kollyns Scarbrough leads the team at 19.0 ppg. Sophomore Maddie Sims checks in with a 12.5 ppg mark.
• Scarbrough ranks second in the MAAC with 11 rebounds per outing.
• Siena went 14-16 overall and 13-7 in the MAAC last season, falling in the first game of the conference tournament to Iona.
Ivy League Network
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