CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Led by a 16-point, 12-rebound effort from sophomore Jeannie Boehm, the Harvard women's basketball team (2-2) defeated Sacred Heart (1-2) at Lavietes Pavilion, 70-62, Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Katie Benzan helped the Crimson burst out of the gate, knocking down three of four attempts from behind the arc in the first quarter. Benzan would go on to lead all scorers in the opening half with 13 points. It was far from a solo effort for the Crimson as Madeline Raster, Jadyn Bush and Taylor Rooks each chipped in two points late in the first quarter to put Harvard in front, 22-13.
Raster and Bush started the scoring in the second period to make it a 26-13 advantage for the home squad. Sacred Heart fought back though, going on an 8-0 run over a nearly four-minute stretch before Jeannie Boehm converted from the paint and Benzan hit another 3-pointer to reignite the Harvard offense. The Crimson sported a 35-25 lead at the halftime intermission.
Early in the third quarter, Kirby Porter nailed a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 run that catapulted Harvard to an 18-point lead. Sacred Heart did its best to chip away at the deficit the rest of the quarter, but Mackenzie Barta hit from long range as time expired to give the Crimson a 60-46 lead heading into the final quarter.
The 14-point advantage proved insurmountable for the Pioneers, as Harvard's defense would keep them at bay down the stretch for the 70-62 triumph.
- Harvard out-rebounded Sacred Heart, 51-38. It was the most rebounds for the Crimson since Feb. 25, 2017 when it had 58 at Brown.
- Harvard's 24 offensive rebounds were its most since Dec. 4, 2016 against NJIT.
- Jeannie Boehm had 16 points and a season-high 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.
- The Crimson blocked a season-high five shots.
- Harvard has won each of the last three meetings against Sacred Heart and is now 5-2 all-time against the Pioneers.
Harvard caps its three-game homestand Tuesday evening, hosting crosstown rival Boston University at 6 p.m. That game will air live on NESN and the Ivy League Network.