Winners of its last three games, the Harvard women's basketball team (3-2) will head to Virginia for a pair of games at the Cavalier Classic Thanksgiving weekend. The Crimson will face the host Cavaliers (2-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3 and wrap-up with a 1 p.m. matinee against North Carolina A&T Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard improved to 3-0 in the friendly confines of the recently renovated Lavietes Pavilion, using 13 3-pointers to down visiting Boston University Tuesday evening, 80-70. The Crimson were effective on the boards again, out-rebounding the Terriers, 41-26.
DISHING IT OUT
The Crimson dished out 21 assists, led by five each by Katie Benzan and Kirby Porter, Tuesday against Boston University. The 21 dimes were the most since tallying 24 against New Hampshire in the WNIT last spring.
FREE FOR ALL
Harvard was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line against Boston University. The Crimson made a season-high 20 in its win over Siena Nov. 15 and is making 75.5 percent of its attempts from the line this season.
THE ROOKS SHOW
Tuesday night proved to be a career-night for senior Taylor Rooks. The Warren, New Jersey native went for a career-high 22 points and registered her second double-double with 11 rebounds. She finished the game 8-of-14 from the field with four 3-pointers.
Against BU Nov. 21, Harvard had five student-athletes reach double figures in the same game. Taylor Rooks led the way with 22, while Katie Benzan had 19, Madeline Raster and Jadyn Bush had 11 and Jeannie Boehm chipped in 10.
GIVE ME THAT BOARD
Harvard pulled down 51 rebounds in the win over Sacred Heart Nov. 18. It marked the first time since Feb. 25, 2017 that Harvard had over 50 rebounds in a game. The Crimson pulled down 58 last season at Brown.
Taylor Rooks and Jeannie Boehm both rank in the top six in the Ivy League thus far in rebounds per game at 10.2 and 9.1, respectively. As a team, the Crimson has been dominant on the offensive glass, averaging a conference-best 17.2 offensive rebounds per outing.
HARVARD AGAINST THE ACC
Harvard is 10-24 all-time against teams currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Harvard and Virginia have only met once, a win for the Cavaliers in 2005. The Crimson's most common opponent is Boston College and Harvard is 8-9 against the Eagles.
HARVARD AGAINST THE MEAC
The Crimson has only played two games from teams against the MEAC. Harvard beat Norfolk State in 1997 and fell to Howard in 1988. Sunday's game is the first meeting between Harvard and North Carolina A&T.
Harvard has blocked more shots than its opponent in each game this season, including swatting seven against Siena. Jeannie Boehm had five blocks against BU and her 3.0 bpg mark is tied for the Ivy League lead.
The host Cavaliers enter Saturday's matchup with a 2-3 record this season. After dropping consecutive games to Georgia and Dayton, Virginia got back in the win column Tuesday night, defeating Hampton, 66-62, at home.
Sophomore Dominique Toussaint paces the UVA offense with 15.0 ppg and has dished out 21 assists this season. Classmate Jocelyn Willoughby is right behind her at 13.2 ppg, while also averaging 4.6 rpg.
Scouting NC A&T
The Aggies also picked up their second win of the season on Tuesday, downing Appalachian State, 81-56, at home.
Junior Ccoriea Foy led North Carolina A&T in scoring in that win and is averaging a team-high 16.0 points per outing. Sophomore Cinia McCray has led the Aggies in scoring in two games this season and comes in at 13.8 ppg.
The Aggies will play Duquesne in its first game of the Cavalier Classic.
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.
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